Incubator/Co-Working Hub Application

The pilot program is currently scheduled to run from February 17, 2020 until July 31, 2020. Accepted applications will be granted access to the space for hot-desking and office space based on availability. Entrepreneurs interested in working from the Port Colborne Pilot Innovation, Creativity & Culinary Co-Working Hub must complete an application and be approved to use the space.

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Information Session and Workshop

Information Session and Workshop for the Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub

Monday, March 2, 2020
4 - 6 p.m.
Roselawn Centre, 296 Fielden Avenue

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Incubator/Co-Working Hub Survey

The City of Port Colborne is asking small businesses operators and people who are looking to start a business to complete a short survey that will help determine the viability of an Innovation, Creativity and Culinary Incubator in the city. The Survey will remain open until the end of February and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

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Innovation, Creativity and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub now open!!

The City of Port Colborne is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot Creativity, Innovation, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub at the Roselawn Centre, 296 Fielden Ave, Port Colborne. The pilot is an opportunity for the City to measure project feasibility and efficiency and forms a part of the municipality’s research and data gathering process for assessing the feasibility of establishing a co-working space to meet the needs of various forms of new start-ups. The two-prong approach will equip the City with the information necessary to make the necessary evidence-based decision on strategies to support business start-ups in the Community and Region.

The pilot program is running from February 17, 2020 until July 31, 2020. Accepted applications will be granted access to the space for hot-desking and office space based on availability. Entrepreneurs interested in working from the Port Colborne's pilot Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incunator/Co-Working Hub must complete an application and be approved to use the space.

The City provides a desk, power, internet access, use of printer/copier only during the pilot.  Hours of operation are Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Request for use outside the regular business hours should be submitted in writing 72 hours in advance to edo@portcolborne.ca and will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Entrepreneurs participating in the pilot Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub will also have access to the Business and Entrepreneurship Support Services (BESS) for business planning and other support offered at Roselawn.

PLEASE NOTE: New applications will be reviewed at the end of every month and notifications of your approval will be sent at that time, usually the first week of the month.  You must wait for approval before you can begin using the space.  Email edo@portcolborne.ca to discuss the availability of day passes.

 
 

VISION

It is envisioned that the Port Colborne Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub would include:

1. A co-work space equipped with meeting room and the necessary infrastructure to support the innovation, creativity, growth and development of new businesses;

2. A shared-use commercial kitchen where food-processors and other food based businesses can have access to an affordable facility which meets regulatory compliance and supports the growth and commercialization of their products; and

3. Access to business planning and other support services.

 
 

BACKGROUND

In addition to the pilot Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub, the City has engaged the services of MDB Insight to undertake a feasibility study to determine the viability of an Innovation, Creativity & Culinary Incubator in the City of Port Colborne. The feasibility study forms the first part of a potential two-part research study. If the Innovation, Creativity & Culinary Incubator is found to be feasible, the City will proceed to phase two - the development of a business plan for the incubator.

The Port Colborne Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub Feasibility Study is intended to assess the need, interest and capacity for a Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub within the City of Port Colborne and Niagara Region. The Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub is envisioned as an economically self-sustaining co-working space and commercial kitchen innovation hub that will support business growth across multiple regional and local sectors and facilitate collaboration. It is anticipated that the Port Colborne Innovation, Creativity, and Culinary Incubator/Co-Working Hub will help to support new business development and commercialization within the region.

 
 

CONTACT

For more information, or further assistance, contact:

Economic Development Officer
City of Port Colborne
66 Charlotte Street
Port Colborne ON  L3K 3C8

Tel: 905-835-2900 ext. 502
Fax: 905-835-2939
Email the Economic Development Officer