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 ICIE is a space designed to give the Indigenous community an opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial aspirations by providing space, business programming, advisory services, mentorship supports, shared co-workspace, community event space and connections to business networks.
The City is committed to the ICIE being run by an Indigenous organization. A Leadership Advisory Circle including local Indigenous entrepreneurs and leaders has been established to provide advice and guidance to the City through the construction and business planning.
The ICIE will enhance and partner with related initiatives throughout the city and beyond. This will further advance economic opportunities for the 70,000-plus First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples that call Tkaronto home. More specifically, the City of Toronto wants to action number 92 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls To Action, which states: “Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects.”
To stay up to date on the development of the ICIE, email Indigenous@toronto.ca to be added to the mailing list.
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The ICIE will be situated at a City-owned commercial space located at 200 Dundas Street East which has been made possible using Section 37 funds. The building is currently under construction and the ICIE space will comprise over 22,000 sq. ft. of commercial space spread over three floors.
In the Media
- News release: FedDev Ontario Supports Indigenous Entrepreneurship Hub in Toronto, August 28, 2019.
- Public meeting about plans for the ICIE, CBC July 27, 2019
- News release: City begins consultations for the ICIE, 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.