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‚Äôs 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 Incubator/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.