In Ontario's deep south, Windsor is the heart of ... EPICentre
- Entrepreneurial supports for students and recent graduates
- Mentoring and consulting
- Incubator space
- In-class education
Francine Schlosser Wen Teoh Nicole Anderson Mike Spadotto Mike Polychuk
To support the transformation of people into entrepreneurial thinkers, and innovative ideas into successful economic and social enterprises through training, mentoring, and networking.
1. To provide experiential entrepreneurial learning opportunities that enhance University of Windsor’s mission regarding education and research.
2. To provide skills, tools, and network to entrepreneurs and professionals to launch and grow economic and social initiatives.
Our activity funnel describes the approach we take to delivering our vision and mission. We engage the majority of our students and recent graduates through entrepreneurial education, in and outside of the classroom. With each step down the funnel, we increase the engagement level to select clients with increasing interest in pursuing entrepreneurship. At the end of the funnel, successful entrepreneurs can take advantage of our incubation program, providing ongoing supports and resources for the growth of their business.
EPICentre at a glance
We have three locations, two at the University of Windsor and one at St. Clair College, providing collaborative space to foster entrepreneurial innovation.
Our secret sauce
Windsor has also been termed the Wild West of entrepreneurs. With affordable real estate and significant local investments and capitol projects set to transform and modernize our city while improving our environment and quality of life, there are numerous opportunities for social entrepreneurs to break into Windsor’s market and make a positive impact. At EPICentre, we encourage our entrepreneurs to take advantage of this unique climate, leading to many incredible success stories, with even more to come!
Some things we're proud of:
1. We work fast
Two months post announcement of the ONE Social Enterprise Partnership, EPICentre has hosted 3 new student-run social enterprises. We have also developed a strong collaboration with our regional innovation centre, WETech Alliance, to support social enterprises in our community, develop social innovation competitions, and infuse the principles and practices of social innovation into the classroom of several disciplines at the University of Windsor and St. Clair College.
2. We are inspired
One of our favourite quotes on social enterprise - "My dream is to find individuals who take financial resources and convert them into changing the world in the most positive ways" - Jacquline Novogratz, Founder of Acumen Fund
3. We have a mild climate... and great food!
Windsor is the most southern city in Canada, sharing its latitude with Northern California! Warm summers and mild winters make Windsor a prime destination for Ontario’s entrepreneurs. That, and our famous shredded pepperoni we put on all our pizzas!