New Centre on Campus

Nurturing entrepreneurship in Ontario
By Leah Ching, Staff Writer


A new partnership has emerged on Campus as part of a collaborative effort between Lakehead University, Confederation College, and the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre. The project looks to encourage and support students who want to become entrepreneurs, or who simply have an idea and want to connect with others who can help bring their ideas to life. The Argus sat down with Entrepreneurship Coordinator Alyson McKay to find out more about the efforts of the newly established Partners in Innovation (PIE) project.


“Each year, students are graduating and having issues finding work. Entrepreneurship is a way to secure not only a job for yourself, but potentially for many others.  Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone and it certainly isn’t easy or for the weak, but for those who follow their dreams and take their ideas to the next level it can be very rewarding. You never know where the next Steve Jobs or even Walt Disney will emerge from.”


In talking about the role of an Entrepreneurship Coordinator on campus, Alyson offered the following information, “My role on campus as an Entrepreneurship Coordinator is to build a culture of entrepreneurship and help students develop their ideas into possible career ventures. To do this, there will be workshops, guest speakers, information sessions, one-on-one services, mentorship, and much more.” She also noted that everything is absolutely free for students, and meant to be an eye opening and fun introduction to entrepreneurship. She offers an open invitation to students – “Come out to a session or just come by and talk with me about your idea! I can help get you started.”


In the upcoming months, the PIE features a range of informative events for students, some of which are listed below. For more information, events are listed on PIE’s website at, or students can contact Alyson directly at


Future Events:

October 20th
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Study
Guest Speaker Ashley Good discusses how to embracing failure and learn from your mistakes.


October 27th (running every Wednesday for 4 Weeks)
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location TBD
Beginning of a 4-part workshop on how to start a small business. Derek from NADF will be leading the workshop and taking students through all stages of planning; from creating a business plan, to budgeting, marketing, and funding.


December 3
Pitch it Competition
Applications are due November 16 and are available on the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Website
A chance to win $5,000 towards developing your business idea and all you have to do is pitch your idea and win.


January 22-24, 2016
Second Annual Startup Weekend

Mark your calendars and keep on the watch for more information coming up about this exciting event.

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