Niagara College Launches New Entrepreneurship Hub
Entrepreneurship is ready for takeoff at Niagara College.
February 4 marked the official launch of ncTakeOff, a new initiative that will expand the college’s entrepreneurship activities across all of its programs; while increasing student access to experts, mentors, events, and opportunities on campus and in the community
ncTakeOff is led jointly by the College’s Business, Hospitality and Environment; and Media, Trades and Technology divisions. It will leverage synergies with the college’s Research and Innovation division, and collaborate with existing resource centres for entrepreneurs in Niagara.
“The spirit of entrepreneurship that exists at Niagara College and across the Niagara region will become stronger than ever with our new entrepreneurship hub that will benefit both students and local businesses,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson. “ncTakeOff reflects our College’s commitment to providing unique learning environments directly linked to our regional economy, driven by entrepreneurial thinking.”
“In today’s transitioning economy, entrepreneurship is increasingly becoming a path to success for many young people,” said Shane Malcolm, president of Niagara College’s Student Administrative Council. “ncTakeOff is making these valuable resources available to our students which supports this ongoing trend.”
“Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to be able to deliver this project as a trusted partner of the Government of Ontario,” added Tom Corr, DBA, president and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. “I look forward to putting our years of experience in connecting academia and industry, and our on-going support of young entrepreneurs to good use in making this initiative a tremendous success.”
“Fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among students is a key component of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, through programs that help transfer their ideas and skills to the marketplace while creating rewarding careers,” said Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation, and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “By partnering with colleges and universities to support entrepreneurship, we are ensuring our province’s business leaders of tomorrow are getting the support they need to succeed today.”
ncTakeOff is funded by Niagara College and the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program. OCEA is an initiative of the Government of Ontario, under the Youth Jobs Strategy, and is managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence. Ontario is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy to help 30,000 more young people connect with the tools, experiences and entrepreneurial support they need to find employment or start their own businesses. More than 20,000 jobs have already been created under the Youth Jobs Strategy.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Niagara Falls; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Continuing Education courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit NiagaraCollege.ca.