The MEV Innovation Centre Is Filling Up

Since the beginning of the year the Centre has seen strong interest from local technology companies looking for flexible office space options. Most of our offices are now occupied and we are looking to push other spaces in the Centre into use as additional offices.

We are quite proud of the businesses currently in residence and are confident that we are on our way toward establishing a strong technology focus for the Innovation Centre.
The companies are listed below. Check Them Out.

Businesses Working at the MEV Innovation Centre – July 2015

• Robin Hood Technology – robinhoodtech.com
• Throwback Entertainment – throwbackentertainment.com
• Sandbox Media – sandboxmedia.ca
• Excelerated Learning – exceleratedlearning.ca
• vRep Technology Solutions Inc. – vrep.ca
• Saigal Media – saigalmedia.ca
• Robo-Geek Inc. – robo-geek.ca
• Santos Apps – santosapps.com
• Sportsheart – sportsheart.co
• Muhammad Adnan Financial – chooseadnan.com
• BDC – bdc.ca

In addition, we are working with partners on a number of initiatives, including a digital media incubator, which will further develop the community engaged with the Centre. Feel free to contact us to see how you can become involved.

Introducing New Coworking and Membership Options

The MEV Innovation Centre now has new options tailored to how you want to use the facility and collaborate with your clients and colleagues. As the Centre approached its year anniversary, we had an opportunity to listen to our clients and are pleased to introduce alternatives to meet your business meeting, team and coworking needs. Come for a tour or call us to find out more about –

Daily Coworking – Grab a coffee and desk for the day and you are ready to work. A robust free WIFI network will keep you connected and when you need a break you’ll have a chance to engage with other coworkers and small businesses. $30/day

Monthly/Annual Memberships – Watch your productivity and business network grow as you work from the Centre on a regular basis. An Innovation Centre Membership gives you unlimited coworking, available on a 24/7 basis, along with access to the Centre’s amenities and parking. Membership upgrades include obtaining a dedicated desk just for your use and an option to have a dual membership with the Burlington Hive.

• Monthly Membership – $200
• Annual Membership – $1,200 – Best Value @ $100/month
• Dedicated Desk – an extra $70/month or $500/year
• Joint Burlington Hive Membership – an extra $100/month or $600/year

Weekly Coworking – Try it out for a month, four coworking days, anytime during the month, for the price to two. $60/month

Team Days – Need a place to bring your dispersed team together or to be able to focus away from the office. Take over a corner of the Centre or an available office for the day. This is a convenient way to make just one booking for up to five team members at a discounted rate. $80/day

Business Meetings – Need to meet your client in a professional setting or close that deal/contract in a private office. Invite them to join you at the Centre for an informal chat in our open business environment or use an available office for more confidential matters. $30/meeting

Laurier’s Applied Business Research Program Lands in Milton

Laurier MBA students will be providing over 6,000 hours of consulting services to Milton companies and organizations during the next few months. Every January the School of Business and Economics matches teams of five senior MBA students with a sponsoring client to address one of their strategic management issues. Each team of students devotes at least 1,000 hours of applied research and consulting services. Participating organizations represent a range of industries, from start-up businesses to large corporations, non-profit organizations and government departments.

The MEV Innovation Centre and Milton Economic Development Division have engaged a team to help us analysis the local economic base and begin to create a vision or what the Town’s future economy could look like.

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Other local companies and organization undertaking project this year include:

• Chudleighs
• Canadian Welding Bureau,
• Canadian Nursery Landscape Association
• Milton Transit
• Enable Education.

Christopher Maziarz, the program Co-ordinator notes, “We start the course in January of each year, with most projects complete by July and others by end of April. Interested organizations should be in contact with my by September or even earlier.” A fee to cover the administration costs of the program is charged. To learn more about how Laurier MBA student consulting can benefit your organization, please contact: Christopher Maziarz, Co-ordinator, Special Projects & Research, cmaziarz@wlu.ca, or by phone: 519.884.0710, x6433.

Cogeco Becomes an Innovation Partner

The MEV Innovation Centre is pleased to welcome Cogeco as an Innovation Partner. Cogeco is the latest company to support the Centre as a place for the business community to meet and a space for new and existing businesses to grow. Cogeco is sponsoring the Centre’s first major event of 2015: Silicon Halton’s Meetup #63 – Selling into the US: IP & Taxes.

Cogeco will also be working directly with the Innovation Centre to produce and broadcast stories on the technology sector within the region and the efforts that are being made to accelerate innovation, entrepreneurship and the development of successful companies.

Cogeco’s sponsorship over the next two years will enhance the community’s capacity further develop an ecosystem for technology intensive companies and professional services businesses. The sponsorship will help the Innovation Centre to assist entrepreneurs by providing:

• Collaborative Space and Networking
• Access to Business Services
• Entrepreneurial/Incubator Programming
• Education and Training Opportunities

We are excited about working with Cogeco and are confident that their sponsorship will enable the Centre to act on its mission with respect to – Connecting Minds, Igniting Ideas and Inspiring Innovation.

Building Upon Milton’s Hidden Economy

Much of our early efforts have focused on communicating what the MEV Innovation Centre has to offer to the technology and small business community. We have not spent as much time talking about WHY we are doing this.

Simply put, Milton can’t rely on the type of economic growth we’ve seen during the last decade continuing. Given its location in the GTA, Milton has been very successful in attracting logistics operations and the large scale, and land consuming, facilities that they use. We are not complaining. This tax and assessment growth has allowed us to achieve a level of fiscal balance and the ability to provide the services needed to take care of the Town’s rapidly growing population.

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However, the supply of land is not endless and we expect the majority of large sites to be used up over the next ten years. That’s why we are asking ourselves, “what next?”. Better to be thinking about this now than scrambling for an answer in 2024.

This takes us to what we are calling our hidden economy. It has two parts. First, Milton’s population is on average, the youngest in the GTA with an average age of 34 years. It is also highly educated and over 40 percent of the work force is employed in professional and technical occupations. This is a talent pool teaming with entrepreneurship. We estimate that there are already over 3,000 “home based” businesses in town.

Equally important, is the emergence of the Professional/Scientific/Technical sector as a driver of local economic growth. This sector created the most new companies, about 400, over the last five years.
A significant proportion of the companies in the sector are in the computer/systems design and engineering industries. Currently, there are about 1,200 small companies employing about 2,200 people.

Firm Growth in Milton by Sector: 2009-2013
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We believe that building a more diverse economy will be driven to a large extent by entrepreneurship and the continuing growth of value-added service companies and jobs. The MEV Innovation Centre’s facilities, existing and future entrepreneurship programming is dedicated to achieving this objective.

TIMRIC Consult Joins the MEV Innovation Centre

The MEV Innovation Centre welcomes TIMRIC Consult as our newest business in-residence. TIMRIC Consult is in the process of developing information technology based products for state, municipal or local governments in developing countries. The CEO, Henry Laraiyetan, notes that “developing the IT capabilities and systems in developing countries will be critical to growing, managing and better utilizing their revenue bases. Ultimately, this will lead to greater socio-economic development, stability and sustainability.”  Henry has a background in investment banking and project management. TIMRIC Consult engages in business and franchise advisory services. They assist potential entrepreneurs to acquire the businesses of their dreams in various sectors as well as working with companies to franchise their businesses. TIMRIC can be contacted by phone at: 888-618-5088. You can visit their website at www.timricfranchises.com. For further enquiries, you can send an email to the CEO, at henry@timricfranchises.com.

Welcome to our new website!

MEV Innovation Centre is happy to announce the launch of the new website MEVInnovationCentre.ca!

Find out everything that we have to offer from our private office suites and co-working space for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses to our boardrooms and event space for all business needs.

Interested in touring the Centre? Use the “Book a Tour” feature on the top left of the page to secure a date and time or visit anytime on Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

We hope you enjoy the new site! If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact the Centre.

We’re Going Live

We have demolished and renovated, spackled and painted, developed our partnerships and secured our founders; and now…..we are going live!

Starting April 2014, we’re open to entrepreneurs and businesses, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  What you’ll find at the MEV Innovation Centre…

Services:

Halton Region Small Business Centre starts with the Consultant on Site Program.

Starting April 3rd, visit for a free one-hour consultation to start a small business or expand your existing small business.  On-site from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month.

Call for an appointment at 905-825-6000 ext. 7900 or visit www.haltonsmallbusiness.ca

Halton’s Regional Innovation Centre (HalTech) now have office space at the MEV.

HalTech staff and network of professionals provide a range of free services focused on making companies successful.  These include market research, business advisory services, access to capital, entrepreneurship training and networking opportunities.

HalTech staff are on-site Wednesdays or by appointment.

Contact at info@haltech.ca to learn more or make an appointment at 905-845-9430×2761 or visit www.haltech.ca for more information.

Amenities:

Start Up

  • Co-Working Desk – Day Use $30/day
  • Co-Working Desk-  Monthly $499/month

Meet Up

  • Boardrooms – $40/hour or $200/day
  • Event Space – $150/hour or $1,000/day
    (after hours only and may be subject to host fee)

Grow Up

  • Offices Suites – Available to technology intensive companies with an emerging technology that will deliver through commercialization.

Events:

Milton Business Expo, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:00pm – 7:00pm.

Open to the business community.  Trade Show booths available or just walk the floor.

To register visit the Milton Chamber of Commerce.

Early Success:

In the two months leading up to this Spring, the MEV Innovation Centre has:

  • hosted 7 business networking events;
  • toured 300+ businesses/entrepreneurs through the centre;
  • completed the first intake for a business in-residence;
  • secured strategic and founding partners, including:

Strategic Partners – Town of Milton, Wilfrid Laurier University, Halton Region, HalTech

Founding Partners – GreenLife Building Systems, Mattamy Homes, Milton Hydro, MinMaxx Realty Inc. Brokerage, York Trafalgar/Milton Land Four

The MEV Innovation Centre provides an ecosystem for technology intensive businesses in the manufacturing and production industries.  The centre is not for retail or lifestyle businesses.

To schedule a tour or for more information, please contact us at 905-636-6505.

The People Factor

If there’s one thing we all share, it’s curiosity for what other people are doing!

The MEV Innovation Centre is first and foremost a place for business people to meet. Designed for new and existing business in a growth phase, the innovation centre provides an ecosystem for technology intensive companies and business in the manufacturing and production industries.  Bringing entrepreneurs and services together, core features of the centre include: collaborative space; business services; business acceleration/incubation; education and training.

Staff are now at the centre and available to welcome guests Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  To schedule a viewing, please contact us in advance.

The MEV Innovation Centre is now also booking event space and taking requests for Board Room use, Co-Working and Office Space.  Early adopters include the Halton Region Small Business Centre, HalTech, Silicon Halton, Milton Chamber of Commerce, Milton Young Professionals, Milton Code Retreat (Meetup Group), along with additional business community leaders.  This project is developed in partnership with the Town of Milton and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Subscribe to our blog to receive the most recent updates. The rates schedule and criteria for access will be posted in March 2014.

To view the centre, call the MEV Innovation Centre at 905-636-6505 or email MEVInnovation@milton.ca for more information.

The Stars Begin to Align

On November 28, 2013 we celebrated a soft launch of the MEV Innovation Centre with community partners, providing a sneak peek of the new facility that is slated to open in early 2014.

Celebrations included acknowledgement of the MEV Innovation Centre as a place for the business community to meet and a space designed for new or existing business that are in a growth phase.  Providing an ecosystem for technology intensive companies and business in the manufacturing and production industries, the innovation centre will provide access to entrepreneurs in four ways:

  • Collaborative space
  • Business services
  • Accelerator / incubator programming
  • Education and training

Joined by the Town of Milton and Wilfrid Laurier University as the lead strategic partners, the community is bright with genuine enthusiasm for the innovation centre and the role of Laurier with future education and training opportunities.

Milton Mayor Gord Krantz and Laurier President Max Blouw

Milton Mayor Gord Krantz and Laurier President Max Blouw

We’ve posted a few pictures of the completed renovation (Phase 1, that is), and some shots of guests networking.

Interest is high, and we’ve already booked several business-to-business networking events. In fact, on December 3, the Small Business Centre hosted 25 entrepreneurs who were engaged with Steve Farlow, Executive Director, Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship, Wilfrid Laurier University. The event featured the importance of networking, followed by a speed networking session.

The MEV Innovation Centre will be open early 2014 and is now booking business networking events and board room meetings. More details will follow on criteria for tenants.