Belleville, Ontario, November 21, 2018 – Loyalist College and Startup Bay of Quinte have launched a partnership that leverages the College’s campus as a hub of entrepreneurial activity.
As a branch of the national Startup Canada entrepreneurship organization, Startup Bay of Quinte will continue to provide the Loyalist community, and the local business community with related support, resources and industry connections from its new home base at the College.
“We’re pleased to welcome Startup Bay of Quinte to our Belleville campus,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, President & CEO of Loyalist College. “We are aligned in our commitment to empowering entrepreneurs through access to education and training, financial incentives and a culture of collaboration that inspires innovation. Entrepreneurialism, which is threaded throughout our academic programming, is key to developing new technologies, products and services for commercialization.”
Startup Bay of Quinte extends from Napanee to Brighton and Prince Edward County to Hastings County. To date, Startup Bay of Quinte has hosted numerous meetups, startup weekends, pitch competitions, focus groups and online webinars, and participated in regional and national awards ceremonies, conferences and government advisory groups.
On Thursday, November 29, Startup Bay of Quinte and Loyalist College will host an open information session in the College’s Dining Hall in the Kente Building of the Belleville campus from 8:30 to 10 am to connect with anyone who is interested in learning more about Startup Bay of Quinte, and how to get involved. Register to attend this free session.
“We’re excited to partner with Loyalist College,” said Mary Doyle, Program Developer and Founder of Startup Bay of Quinte. “There is so much value that can be added to both the College and the business community; it’s a natural partnership.”
During Small Business Week (October 14 – 20), Ms. Doyle represented Startup Bay of Quinte entrepreneurs in Ottawa at Startup Canada Day on the Hill where she met with Members of Parliament, Ministers and Parliamentary committees to promote the role of entrepreneurs in Canada and to nurture conditions for their success. Loyalist students from various disciplines, including the College’s post-graduate Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch program, also attended the conference and networked with industry leaders.
About Startup Canada
Startup Canada is the national rallying community and voice for Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2012, Startup Canada has grown to represent more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots communities from coast to coast. Through digital programs and flagship events, Startup Canada is the network promoting, inspiring, educating, connecting and giving a voice to Canada’s entrepreneurs; supporting them to start, operate and scale businesses that build a better Canada for the world today and for future generations. For more information, visit startupcan.ca.
About Loyalist College
Loyalist is Ontario’s Destination College, a deliberate choice of students and community for quality programs and student engagement, enabled by a creative, innovative and supportive organizational and learning culture. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. When it comes to Ontario college graduates getting jobs, Loyalist is the top College in the province, according to Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results, released November 2018. The research shows that 90.8 percent of 2016-17 Loyalist graduates were employed within six months after graduation, compared to the provincial average of 85.7 percent for Ontario’s 24 colleges. Loyalist prepares students for rewarding careers through more than 70 full-time diploma, advanced diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media studies, skills and technology. Through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements, many Loyalist diploma graduates earn a degree in as little as one additional year. Continuing education options are also available through LoyalistFocus.com, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses. The College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 5.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $465 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2018 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (Emsi). For more information on Loyalist’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit YoureGoingPlaces.com.
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