Start-ups to Get Jump-Start During Upcoming Halton Region Entrepreneur Week

HALTON REGION, ON, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Start-up companies in Halton Region will be networking and drawing inspiration from other entrepreneurs, supporters and funders when Entrepreneur Week in the Region gets under way the week of November 14th.

"To compete in today's world, we need to make innovation the driver of our economy," said Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation. "Innovative entrepreneurs bring great ideas to market and create prosperity and jobs for Ontario families in communities across Ontario."

Halton's Entrepreneur Week is sponsored by the Region of Halton Small Business Centre, HalTech Regional Innovation Centre and Sheridan College, and all events will be held at Sheridan College's Oakville campus at 1430 Trafalgar Road.

"The goal of the week is to draw attention to innovation happening in our local tech community and to take a 'time out' from the 24/7 activity of start-up enterprises to enable entrepreneurs to share experiences, draw from others' expertise, and network with other founders and funders," said Jim Beretta, Executive Director of HalTech.

HalTech, the regional innovation centre supporting start-up ventures, hosts HalTech Connect the evening of Thursday, November 17, an opportunity for start-ups to connect with peers, established companies, angel investors and all those who support innovation and the start-up business community in Halton.

Beretta acknowledged sponsors without whom Entrepreneur Week would not be possible, including: the Royal Bank; Region of Halton; Sheridan College; and the municipalities of Oakville, Halton Hills, Burlington, and Milton. Other community support is provided from AngelOne, Bit Net, and Silicon Halton.

Highlights of the Halton Entrepreneur Week include:

Tuesday, Nov. 15: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Entrepreneur Boot Camp on Branding and Communications featuring Sanjay Singhal from FuseNet, David Ciccarelli from Voices.com, Shelley McQuade of Sales Fertilizer, and Craig Postons, Pathway Communications, Branding Through Your Employees http://halton2011eweekbrandingandcommunication.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday, Nov. 16: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pitch-deck Camp: start-ups apply for free participation to perfect their pitch -- featuring speakers Donna Parr, Greg Barratt, and judging panel Karen Grant, Donna Parr, Greg Barratt and Darren Lawless http://halton2011eweekperfectingyourpitch.eventbrite.com/)

Thursday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Applied Social Media for entrepreneurs featuring speakers Julia Rosien of Social North, Robin Hooper from Awareness Inc., and Richard Bolton of Centricity 360 http://halton2011eweekappliedsocialmedia.eventbrite.com/

Thursday, Nov. 17: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Angel 101: How to be an Angel
With Karen Grant from Angel One speaking on how to be a funder within the start-up community http://halton2011eweekangel101.eventbrite.com/

Thursday, Nov. 17: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
HalTech Connect
Start-up company networking opportunity to connect entrepreneurs, supporters, and funders http://haltechconnect2011.eventbrite.com/

Registrants should refer to the Eventbrite sites for details of events including cost, location, and what is included at each venue.

About HalTech Regional Innovation Centre:
HalTech is the Regional Innovation Centre for Halton - part of the Ontario Network of Excellence. HalTech serves as a catalyst for innovation and commercialization by delivering services to help Halton-based tech entrepreneurs start, grow and succeed. Haltech is located in Sheridan Spark at the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville.

SOURCE Communitech Ltd.

For further information:

Media Contact:
Jim Beretta
Executive Director
HalTech Regional Innovation Centr
jim@haltech.ca
519-572-3175

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