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Business incubation program launches in Sudbury

Thirteen entrepreneurs participating in inaugural Innovation Quarters initiative
Innovation Quarters, the new business incubator in downtown Sudbury, is located in Commerce Centre on Elm Street.

Thirteen Sudbury entrepreneurs have signed up for an incubation program aimed at helping them grow their fledgling businesses.

Hosted by Innovation Quarters — a downtown Sudbury incubation centre launched last year — the program targets early-stage companies who want to commercialize new products or services, generate revenue, raise capital, and build managerial capacity.

“This program is providing the inaugural cohort of entrepreneurs with the skills, connections, mentorship and learning opportunities to help them move their business forward,” Jeff Portelance, chair of the Greater Sudbury Development Corp., said in an April 12 news release.

“The Innovation Quarters continues to create a space that is collaborative and accessible for new and upcoming entrepreneurs in our city.”

Over the 12-month program, participants will have opportunities for mentorship from Bernie Aho, a cofounder and the CEO of Time Hero, and Karen Hastie, president of Your Sales Company, in addition to training and access to collaborative office space.

Innovation Quarters is a collaboration of the City of Greater Sudbury, NORCAT, and the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, under the coordination of the City’s Regional Business Centre. Funding comes from the Greater Sudbury Development Corp. and FedNor.