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Program guides entrepreneurs through investor pitch process

Investor Ready Program is a joint initiative of Link North and Northern Ontario Angels

Got a new business idea but need help pitching it to investors? A new investor-ready program has you covered.

Timmins' Link North and the Northern Ontario Angels (NOA) investment organization are launching the new Investor Ready Program, a free, three-month program that’s designed to mentor entrepreneurs in how to prep their business for angel investors.

It’s open to new entrepreneurs just starting a business and those looking to scale their enterprises.

The founding organizations say it’s the first program of its kind in Northern Ontario.

“NOA is pleased to collaborate with Link North in developing this investor ready program for the first time,” Ian Lane, NOA’s executive director, said in a Sept. 6 news release.

“This program will help educate entrepreneurs in helping them take their business to the next level. We look forward to promoting the successful entrepreneurs to our investors.”

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Participants will attend virtual and in-person workshops, events, and expert panels; have opportunities to collaborate with mentors and peers; and build lifelong skills.

Link North staff will also help entrepreneurs develop their business models, value propositions, and capital strategies, and perfect their investor pitches. 

“Link North is extremely excited about this program — the first of its kind in Northern Ontario — and our collaboration with the NOA,” said Ross MacDonald, a business development specialist with Link North.

“Among other things, Link North helps entrepreneurs with building a roadmap and accessing funding and resources to help clients scale and grow their operations. Angel investment opportunities are an important resource for business development that we want to create more awareness of.”

A kickoff event to launch the program will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29 at at 5:30 p.m. at Collège Boréal in Timmins. The event is open to any entrepreneur, business, or organization from the area. Registration is required to attend.