Tech Business Incubator Presentation

Town News

Gananoque, ON: On February 7th Second Order consulting will be presenting the Gananoque Technology Business Incubator Feasibility Study at the Council Meeting.  An incubator will work to provide support for start-ups and encourage business attraction in the tech sector. The focus of the study is to examine the concept, best practices, structure and financial impact that are specific to Gananoque. 

The Town has been working collaboratively with KEYS Job Centre, big river technologies inc. and several business owners.  “This project has the potential to position the community for a new market of skilled jobs, opportunities and youth retention,” said Trish McNamara, Program Manager KEYS Job Centre.

Technology based businesses has been identified as the ideal target sector for an incubator project based on the market and growth potential.  Canada’s digital economy currently employs approximately 1.15 million workers and contributes $74 billion annually to GDP across all sectors. Growth in digital jobs has outpaced those in the overall economy in the last two years by a ratio of more than 4 to 1.”  ICTC: http://www.ictc-ctic.ca/digital-talent-strategy/

John Free, big river technologies inc. CEO identified that, “the benefit of an incubator will foster synergies between the businesses and create a culture of innovation with engagement of peers, services and networking.”

“This project is about enabling new opportunities for Gananoque and the region by building on our assets and capitalizing on new market growth in the tech sector.  The concept is to create an incubator that would be community driven with a focus on jobs, new business, programing and education,” stated Shelley Hirstwood, Economic Development Manager. 

The Council Meeting is a public meeting February 7th at 6:00pm at the Emergency Services Building, 340 Herbert St.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

For more information please contact Shelley Hirstwood  613-382-2149 ext. 1127 or shirstwood@gananoque.ca