Being an entrepreneur in Mississauga can be quite an adventure, as you are constantly looking to grow and develop your idea into a full-fledged business, external help and resources can go a long way in getting to the next level. With industry experts, who’ve been there before, guiding you every step of the way you can know that your ideas have a launching pad to succeed.
Here are our top 5 resources that can help you start/grow your business in Mississauga.
EDGE is the place where entrepreneurship and innovation thrive at Sheridan College. If you want to learn how to develop a business or social enterprise idea, EDGE has the resources to get you started. They welcome people of all backgrounds interested in exploring entrepreneurship or turning innovative ideas into reality. EDGE offers workspace, mentorship, training and a community of like-minded people.
ICUBE is the business accelerator at the Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga. ICUBE offers students and community youth early-stage business development & commercialization services including an entrepreneurial curriculum, business advisory services, collaborative space, expert speaker sessions, and a mentorship program to help you each step off the way.
The RIC Centre is a not-for-profit innovation hub and business incubator for Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and other communities in Southern Ontario. RIC Centres’ focus is to be a dynamic catalyst for tech companies. They provide resources similar to other incubators such as providing mentorship among other resources. The difference however is that the RIC centre focuses primarily on growing tech companies; such as Advanced Manufacturing, Internet of Things, Hardware & Software, Cleantech and Life Sciences.
The Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) helps all entrepreneurs, regardless if you are just trying to grow your idea into a business or simply trying to take your business to the next level. Some of the offerings available at MBEC include free business information and guidance, low cost business seminars and workshops, low cost online business courses, training and mentorship programs.
This is a little different compared to the other options within this list. Hackernest is organizes regular networking events that attract premier tech talent across Mississauga. If you’re a student or developer looking to engage and collaborate with your fellow tech peers this is the place to be. Additionally, this is also a great place to build relationships with potential employers, as Hackernest do regular partner with different companies (like Mississauga’s own SOTI), allowing you to creating relationships and possible partnerships with some of Canada’s up and coming businesses.