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New program aims to help entrepreneurs
February 5th 2013 at 02:10 PM
Technology entrepreneurs in Nanaimo now have the opportunity to tap into the expertise of trained professionals in their fields after the launch of a new program last week by the Innovation Island Technology Association.
The IITA, formerly known as the Mid-Island Science, Technology and Innovation Council, is the newest partner in the province-wide B.C. Innovation Council's Venture Acceleration Program.
The program helps technology entrepreneurs quickly advance their business from gaining the experience of successful, trained professionals through advisory teams that provide hands-on advice and expertise.
IITA executive director Paris Gaudet said that for just $200 per month, the new program will offer "exceptional value" to both technology businesses that are still in the 'idea stage" or are already established.
"As the regional champion for technology innovation, our goal is to help entrepreneurs start and grow successful technology companies," she said.
"Becoming part of this progressive network will do just that and we are excited to be the catalyst that will ignite innovators to take the next step."
Gaudet said three companies in the area have already signed up for the program with five more expected to do so soon and she expects those numbers to mushroom once the word gets out about its value.
"Participants will have unlimited access to workshops, training opportunities, mentorship programs and a lot more," she said.
Applications to join the program are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information about the Venture Acceleration Program at Innovation Island and how to apply, visit www. innovationisland.ca/VAP.
To see the news release, click here