Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The City of Toronto is working with the local Indigenous community to develop the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE).
The purpose of the ICIE is to provide a space and support for Indigenous entrepreneurs looking to build businesses and to provide a home for Indigenous entrepreneurs looking to access resources, advisory support and workspace for building their ventures.
Currently, there is no recognized Indigenous centre serving the needs of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Toronto. The Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an important initiative to advance economic opportunity for Indigenous people in the city.
The ICIE is expected to open in early 2021 with an initial program offering, which will be expanded over time.
To learn more about the development of the ICIE view this presentation to the City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee made in 2018.
The ICIE will be located at a City-owned commercial space located at 200 Dundas Street East. The building is currently under construction and the ICIE space will comprise over 22,000 sq. ft. of commercial space spread over three floors.
To learn more about the building and the initial ideas for the space, view this presentation.
In consultation with the Indigenous community, a vision and model for the ICIE is emerging. To help guide the development of the ICIE, a Leadership Advisory Circle (LAC) has been established, the great majority of members being local Indigenous leaders and entrepreneurs.
While community engagement is ongoing, more public events will be held as plans are refined. Sign up for the mailing list to learn more about the ICIE as it takes shape.
In the Media
- The City of Toronto begins consultations for the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, City of Toronto, September, 5, 2018.
- Indigenous entrepreneurs offer input about development of Toronto business incubator, CBC, October 25, 2018.
- Indigenous Friends Tackles Isolation Amongst First Nations, Métis and Inuit with Social Network App by Andrew Seale, Startup Here Toronto, September 11, 2018.
- Reconciliation through Indigenous Innovation – Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit, By Andrew Seale, Yahoo Finance Canada, August 21, 2018.