Innovation Guelph, a regional innovation centre providing mentorship and business support programs and services to help innovative enterprises start, grow and thrive, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Over the last decade, Innovation Guelph has supported more than 1,327 businesses from startups to scale-ups through its accelerator programs, which led to the creation of 1,756 jobs. Its programs focus on four sectors: Agri-innovation, information and communication technology, advanced manufacturing and cleantech. More than 350 Canadian companies from across southwestern Ontario and beyond are supported each year. Last year alone, Innovation Guelph mentors and industry specialists spent more than 11,277 consulting hours with clients helping them to solve problems and succeed.
Reflecting on the milestone, CEO Anne Toner Fung said, “Over the last 10 years, Innovation Guelph has made a difference by supporting businesses that can—and do—change the world. The outcome is an innovation ecosystem that drives economic growth, supports environmental sustainability and enhances the quality of life for everyone in our region.”
Well-known enterprises such as Precision Biomonitoring, Lucky Iron Fish and Social Lite Vodka are just some of the more than 1,327 businesses that Innovation Guelph has supported over the last 10 years.
As part of the festivities, Innovation Guelph is publishing a commemorative book. Additionally, Innovation Guelph has launched two unique food and beverage gift boxes, one featuring a selection of locally sourced gourmet delights and another with innovative food and beverages from the region and beyond. By purchasing a box, you will be supporting local entrepreneurs, innovative startups and small businesses.
“Celebrating 10 years must include recognizing our incredible team, our clients and our partners – people who made our success possible. I’ve never been more optimistic about the future of Innovation Guelph,” said Fung.
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