Global Entrepreneurship Recap:
Windsor-Essex Kicks-Off Global Entrepreneurship Week with New Tool
Windsor, Ontario Canada – Monday, November 16th, 2015 – WEtech Alliance, along with 16 regional partners from across Windsor & Essex County, kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by launching the Windsor-Essex Entrepreneur Support Network (ESN) – a road map for entrepreneurial support in our region.
The road map was unveiled during the GEW flag raising ceremony at Windsor City Hall on Monday, November 16th at 9:30am.
GEW is the world’s largest celebration of innovators & job creators with over 130 countries participating worldwide.
Ward 1 Councillor Fred Francis read a Proclamation from The City of Windsor declaring November 16-22 Global Entrepreneurship Week and acknowledged the importance of entrepreneurship to our community.
Warden Tom Bain brought greetings on behalf of the County of Essex.
The Windsor-Essex Entrepreneur Support Network is an infographic designed to help entrepreneurs find organizations providing business assistance in Windsor-Essex County. Users can target the exact support they need based on their business stage and the type of assistance they’re looking for. The document is being distributed across Windsor-Essex in print form as well as being made available online at bit.ly/supportWE.
The Entrepreneur Support Network partners include the University of Windsor EPICentre, Futurpreneur Canada, Rise Asset Development, Enactus Windsor, St. Clair College Genesis Centre, Windsor Hackforge, National Research Council of Canada – IRAP, WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, Windsor-Essex Capital Angel Network, WEtech Alliance, Business Development Bank of Canada, Business Resource Centre of Essex County, Mitacs Inc., Ontario Centres of Excellence, The Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.
Student Clubs gathered to raise awareness of entrepreneurial culture on campus
Following an entrepreneurship club roundtable, four entrepreneurship-related clubs organized an event at the outset of the Global Entrepreneurship Week to raise awareness around the entrepreneurial culture that has emerged on campus as well as the activities and supports available. The clubs collectively set up a booth at the CAW on Monday November 16th and engaged students interested in entrepreneurship.
The clubs involved included:
UWin Tech Club
UWIN Tech Club’s mission is to help students from all backgrounds understand the importance of technology in today as well as help them prepare for a successful technology-related career.
The club plans to get closer to this mission by educating students on technical knowledge most pertinent to provide them with a competitive advantage in the workplace and facilitating networking opportunities with professionals and firms in the technology-sector
We are a community of student, academic, and business leaders that strive to empower local members, instill entrepreneurial action, and enhance the economic health of our community by enabling the progress of our student leaders and establishing sustainable projects throughout the Windsor-Essex region.
University of Windsor Venture Club
Uwindsor Venture Club is a university of Windsor student club established with the aim of stimulating the entrepreneurial spirit of Windsor Lancers.
Future Entrepreneurs is a platform where students can execute their theoretical knowledge of entrepreneurship into practice. Students from all departments and with similar thinking of entrepreneurial ambitions will collectively work together on innovative projects with the aid of the University’s resources. This helps students who want to graduate from the University with any degree to be given the opportunity and experience through projects by Future Entrepreneurs, to start a business after graduating regardless of students’ non-business. Open to all motivated and ambitious university students.
The event brought awareness around the growing spirit of entrepreneurship on campus, and provided information for students looking to get involved with the clubs or the EPICentre. For more information on clubs or services please contact EPICentre via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Start up Mashup November 17th
EPICentre’s Startup Mashup events introduce startups who need partners to students and alumni interested in joining new businesses. During this two-hour event, early and late stage startups within various sectors pitched their business in hopes of finding co-founders or employees with different areas of expertise. Students interested in joining the startups attended and networked with the startups to see where they could lend their expertise to move the startups forward.
IP Protection Certification November 18th
ELLIPTEK is Canada’s first and only comprehensive intellectual property and technology commercialization training program geared towards universities and academia, students, the institutional sector, entrepreneurs, start-ups and technical specialists.
This workshop is open to all University of Windsor students and runs regularly every few months. The fundamentals of patents workshop was held November 18th. Students left the workshop with a better understanding of the basics of patents and a certificate of completion to add to their resumé.