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BioLinc gets new funding through Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy

Joanna Ward                                                           October 4, 2016

Applications are in for this year’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program, organized through the Goodman School of Business’ BioLinc, which will continue to support young Brock entrepreneurs this year thanks to renewed funding.

The facility, located in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex on the University’s main campus, “has the capacity to nurture multiple companies, projects, researchers and students at one time.”

In January 2012, the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative gave Brock University $843,500 as seed funding for Brock BioLinc. Now, that funding has been renewed by the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities program, an initiative of the Government of Ontario under the Youth Jobs Strategy and managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence.

BioLinc and it’s sister program, ncTakeOff hub at Niagara College, will co-host several events together. They’ll also provide standalone resources which will be tailored to meet the needs of the student populations at either school.

The BioLinc website says the program, “plays a key role in establishing stronger connections in Niagara among research, commercialization, technology transfer and market development that allow entrepreneurs access to the resources necessary to innovate and commercialize their ideas.”

The annual Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend, which will take place from  November 4 to Nov. 6, in one such event. Young entrepreneurs will spend the weekend building and pitching business ideas in teams. The weekend, said BioLinc in a press release “will also include a keynote speaker, business development training, and mentorship opportunities for youth aged 18-29 who are technically skilled or curious about entrepreneurship.”

BioLinc events will also include an Entrepreneurship week in March which will include networking opportunities for attendees and pitch competitions, giving practice to future entrepreneurs.

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