The Brampton Innovation District provides local talent development and support for entrepreneurs and new business owners through every stage of their journey, from education, training and re-skilling to support for companies of all sizes and across all sectors. The Innovation District is a developing ecosystem which also offers resources to support innovation and technology companies in creating new technology. Learn more at BramptonInnovationDistrict.com.

Innovation District Partner Updates

Introducing the Ryerson Venture Zone in Brampton
The City of Brampton and Ryerson University announced the official launch of the Ryerson Venture Zone in Brampton. As part of the Brampton Innovation District, The Zone is an incubator dedicated to building and growing early stage, high-potential technology startups in Brampton. Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-chancellor of Ryerson University, explained that "the Zone is another example of how Ryerson University continues to support innovation in local communities. Entrepreneurs will have access to Ryerson's robust network of researchers and staff as well as a deep connection to the well-established Zone Learning network, which is one of the most respected university-based innovation ecosystems in the world."
Industry Challenge: Community Health and Wellness
The Ryerson Venture Zone in Brampton has launched its first Industry Challenge. Applications close October 7Entrepreneurs interested in building solutions in health and wellness should consider applying to this 4-week intensive program. Applicants apply as individuals and will be paired with a Co-Founder, where they will have the chance to explore industry-driven problem statements. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with an Industry Partner and receive mentorship and early validation of their solution. Apply for the challenge here.
Welcoming Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator
Brampton Council unanimously approved a partnership with the Founder Institute (FI), a global accelerator firm providing support to high-potential, early stage companies. The addition of the FI is another step towards building Brampton's downtown Innovation District that will provide supports for entrepreneurs and businesses through every stage of their journey. Expanding the City's Innovation District is a key goal in the City's Economic Recovery StrategyThe Founder Institute Cyber Security Vertical in Brampton aims to empower early-stage cyber security entrepreneurs to launch global companies by providing expert mentorship, a global network of resources and a curated program in partnership with Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst and the City of Brampton. Announcement | Application

 Opportunities and Events

Digital transformation support available for local small businesses
The Future Proof Program assists businesses with identifying new markets, pivoting their business model, and developing and implementing a deep digital transformation plan. This expands Digital Main Street's support to create lasting change for small businesses through 3 initiatives: Transformation Teams, Digital Main Street Lab and the Community Collaboration Project, implemented by the RIC Centre. The program builds on the successful launch of the ShopHERE powered by Google program, Digital Main Street. The Brampton-based RIC Centre has partnered with Digital Main Street to foster community collaborations for solutions that support our local businesses. Find out more about the programs to support small business or apply here.
Calling Brampton Black-owned Businesses
In an effort to promote Black-owned businesses in Brampton, the City's Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment & Anti-Black Racism Unit is building a database to be included on the City of Brampton website. To have your business featured, please complete this form.
Employer Survey: Impact of Pandemic on the Labour Market
The 2020 GTA Employer Survey is sponsored by the Peel Halton Workforce Development Group, with the support of over 40 partners, including local regional and municipal governments, local chambers of commerce, community colleges, employment services agencies and other community organizations. The purpose of the survey is to learn about the impact and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on your workforce and about your recruitment and training needs. The survey has 22 questions and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Take the Survey
Brampton participating at the MedTech Conference online
Next month the world's top medical technology executives will gather virtually for the leading event in the industry - The Virtual MedTech Conference - and the Brampton is proudly participating. Featuring world-class speakers, educational programming, valuable networking and business development opportunities, the conference is perfect for the industry's prominent and most promising companies. Join us online from October 5-7.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce released a policy brief that lays out a path to Ontario's economic recovery offering practical recommendations to confront both immediate and longer-term challenges faced by women. Download the briefing here.
Energy Assistance Program for Small Business
The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business is available to help businesses and charities struggling to pay energy bills as a result of the pandemic. Apply for the credit available for eligible businesses: https://bit.ly/34WikDd

Business Support

Programs and Resources for Businesses

Keeping Workers Safe - Sector Specific Guidance


 
What you need to know:

  • Adjust the workspace to create physical barriers or restructure physical settings between people to protect employees and visitors and ensure that 2 metres (6 feet) of space can be maintained.
  • When possible, employees should continue to work from home.
  • Install physical distancing markers or directional arrows to ensure a 1-way flow of people.
  • Review the sector-specific guidance
"Brampton is moving quickly to build a robust Innovation District in our city and our location at the centre of Canada's Innovation Corridor positions us an ideal spot for new investment. As our Innovation District matures, we will be able to provide supports to businesses at every stage of their journey."

- Mayor Patrick Brown
 "As we emerge from this pandemic and restart our local economy, we welcome entrepreneurs and potential investors to join our growing Innovation District. There are many reasons why Brampton is an ideal location for setting up a business, and we look forward to engaging with stakeholders to join us and be a part of the momentum."

- Michael Palleschi, Regional Councillor and Co-Chair, Mayor's COVID-19 Economic Support Task Force
Council endorsed Brampton's Economic Recovery Strategy as a framework for the City to move forward with restarting the local economy. The Economic Recovery Strategy aims to bring resiliency and competitive advantage to Brampton's economy as it moves forward.
"The continued development of our Innovation District is a key action in our Economic Recovery Strategy, and the Ryerson Venture Zone is a key addition to our growing District. As we move our City forward out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to advancing our innovation ecosystem and building an Innovation District second to none."

- Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor and Vice-Chair, Economic Development
Partnering for Economic Recovery and Growth at AMO 2020 Conference

In August, a delegation from the City of Brampton participated in the Association of Municipalities (AMO) 2020 Virtual Conference. Led by Mayor Patrick Brown, Members of Council and City officials connected with key stakeholders across the Province on Brampton's most pressing needs. Learn about the priorities discussed here.

Regional Councillor Paul Vicente was elected to the AMO Board of Directors as a member of the Regional and Single Tier Caucus for the 2020-2022 board term.
For up-to-date information about the City of Brampton's COVID-19 response, City services and facility and programming closures, visit brampton.ca/covid19For current information from Peel Public Health, visit peelregion.ca/coronavirus.
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An Economic Development Newsletter produced by the Corporation of the City of Brampton, 2020
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