Program going to MaRS

An education program developed by Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) is selected by a Toronto-based innovation centre as an industry best practice. OCRI says its entrepreneur’s edge (E2) program, developed at the Ottawa economic development corporation’s entrepreneurship centre in partnership with the Ontario Government, will be used by the MaRS Discovery District of Toronto to help its members develop entrepreneurial skills. MaRS will also make the program available to qualified members of the Ontario Commercialization Network who are looking to provide their clients with entrepreneurial training. “It is a great honour to be OCRI.jpgselected by MaRS as one of the finest examples of learning tools for entrepreneurs and we are very happy to continue our work with MaRS and the province to help roll out the program and accompanying toolkit to other members of the network,” says Stephen Daze, executive director, entrepreneurship, innovation and research, OCRI. E2, an intensive program running over five half days, links new entrepreneurs with business experts who share lessons learned from their entrepreneurial and related experiences. “[E2], developed and delivered by OCRI, was an obvious choice for us,” says Charles Plant, managing director, market readiness program, MaRS Discovery District. “OCRI’s experience delivering this course combined with the wealth of training material available from them makes E2 an essential resource for entrepreneurs throughout the province.” Several Ontario cities have already expressed interest in the 18-month-old E2. This fall, the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Communitech and the UW Accelerator Centre will jointly deliver the OCRI course to entrepreneurs in the Waterloo region.

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