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.