The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) is proud to announce the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Fleming College. Fleming will occupy 1,000 square-feet of dedicated space for use by business and technology students in the newly expanded downtown incubator located in the newly launched VentureNorth building at 270 George St. N.
“At Fleming, we are always seeking new ways to enhance work-integrated learning. But we know the actual nature of work is changing – with innovation, entrepreneurism and synergies amongst technology and business being keys for the future success of our students and our communities. This space recognizes this change and allows our students to gain the skills needed for this cultural shift,” said Maxine Mann, Dean of the School of Business and the School of Trades and Technology.
The Applied Project space will be integrated into the current youth zone, for entrepreneurs under 29 years of age, located on the 3rd floor of the VentureNorth building.
“This will greatly benefit our graduate certificate and upper year students by providing them with a professional space to meet with their clients, professors, community members, and network with local entrepreneurs at the downtown Cube,” said Raymond Yip Choy, Coordinator of the International Business Management and Global Business Management programs at Fleming. “Applied projects help to prepare students to be high performers in their careers and stimulate their entrepreneurial spirit.”
Fleming College students undertaking applied projects have the opportunity to solve real world challenges for real world clients. As a result, the projects provide invaluable experiential learning and spur innovative and creative thought. The new space will provide students with a place to practice and perfect the skills they will use to excel in their professional careers.
“We’re very excited about the deep level of collaboration between GPIC and the Fleming College staff and students. Our past partnership through the FastStart program has already proven to help generate the awareness among students about entrepreneurship as a career path.” says Michael Skinner, President & CEO of the Innovation Cluster.
About the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster
The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster drives technology-based, innovation-driven, and entrepreneurship-led economic growth and high-tech job creation by providing programs designed to increase innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization and new company creation & growth. The Cluster partners with academia and industry to provide support to start-up technology companies and entrepreneurs to help take innovative ideas and processes to market. Core Funding is provided by Ontario Centres of Excellence, Trent University, Fleming College and the Peterborough Region Angel Network. For more information, visit http://www.innovationcluster.ca.
About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni. For more information: flemingcollege.ca.
Media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer
(705) 749-5530 ext. 1370
Michael Skinner, President & CEO
Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster