Fostering Local Innovation: Incubators

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November 29, 2019 Evolv1 Waterloo, ON



Date Start Time End Time   
Nov 29th

9:00 am  (registration at 8:30 am)

5:00 pm



This seminar provides economic developers what they need to know about incubators. It gives an understanding what types of models exist, what building an incubator is like, and what incubation is like in communities of different sizes. This course is hosted at evolv1, UW Economic Development Program's new home and Canada's first net-zero certified office building.

Topics include:

  • New Ideas in Incubation
  • Incubating Cleantech and the Green Economy
  • Building Incubator Networks and Partnerships

This seminar is hosted at evolv1, Economic Development Program's new home and Canada's first net-zero certified office building.


"Good mix of topics around the general theme. Knowledgeable presenters with a clear mastery of practice, not only theory.

Schedule (2018)*

*Example schedule, subject to change

8:00 – 9:00 am: Registration 

9:00 – 10:30 am: The role of incubators in supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and business start-ups 

  • Trends: General, specialized, virtual, accelerators
  • Results from a collaborative project between the University of Waterloo and OMAFRA
  • How communities can assess the feasibility of new incubator opportunities
  • Resources for communities considering incubation

Paul Parker, Director, Economic Development Program, UW

Tara Vinodrai, Director, Master of Economic Development and Innovation Program,University of Waterloo 

Brock Dickinson, Assistant Director, Economic Development Program    

10:45 – 12:00pm: Incubation in rural and food focused incubators

  • Developing and launching Northumberland County’s agri-food business incubator, training facility and commercial kitchen
  • Beverage Farming and other incubator-linked economic development strategies
  • Supporting research and technology commercialization in the food and wine sector
  • Building innovation facilities for the agrifood industry

Trissia Mellor, Agriculture Manager, Northumberland County Economic Development

Lyndon Ashton, Centre Manager, Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre

12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 pm: Tour of evolv1 and evolvGREEN

1:30 – 2:15 pm: Supporting startups that want to make the world a better place

  • Green and social business incubation
  • Case study: St. Paul’s GreenHouse

Tania Del Matto, Director of GreenHouse, University of Waterloo

2:15 – 3:00 pm: LaunchItMinto

  • Rural incubators
  • Successes and challenges
  • Incubator vs Business Solution Centre

Belinda Wick-Graham, Manager of Economic Development, Town of Minto

3:15 – 4:00 pm: Cleantech Incubators & The Next Economy

  • The importance of specialized incubators
  • The rise of cleantech, green energy and eco-incubation
  • How supporting cleantech companies differs form traditional incubation
  • What cleantech tells us about incubating business in emerging sectors

Brock Dickinson, Entrepreneur in Residence, UW

4:00 – 4:15 pm: Next Steps

  • Review
  • Draft priority actions for your community/organization
  • Share next steps

Paul Parker, University of Waterloo 

Registration fee

  EDAC members in good standing* Non-EDAC members
Early Bird Pricing $195 + HST $245 + HST
After November 6th $245 + HST $295 + HST

*EDAC member discount is for those who have paid their annual membership fee. Should your EDAC membership not be paid in full by the date of course/seminar registration, you will be responsible for paying the full (non-member) registration fee