Portage Innovation Centre
What is the P.I.C. ?
•A free/low-cost space for young entrepreneurs and innovators to launch a business
•3 office spaces, a reception area and a shared meeting room
•Access to tools such as a 3D printer and the assistance of RRCP students
•Free workshops for all applicants on the essentials of starting a business or venture
Who is involved in developing this project?
• Communities Building Youth Futures (CBYF)
• Red River College Polytech – Portage Campus (RRCP)
• Other community partners: lawyers, real estate agents, financial advisors, etc.
Where will it be located?
The PIC will be located in the RRCP Building
Corner of Saskatchewan Ave E and 5th Ave SE
Workshops will either take place at RRCP or online, or a mixture of both
When will this be available to the public?
We are planning to have our official launch in fall 2022.
Innovate to Launch
We are planning a 3-day Innovation contest and event at the Innovation Centre.
In this event, innovators will compete on writing a pitch for a brand new, innovative business idea of their choosing. There will be three prizes of $1000 towards starting their business, and free office space at the PIC for a year. Anyone who signs up for this Innovation weekend will also be invited to take part in free workshops throughout the year to help develop their innovative idea.
We accepted applications for the first Innovate to Launch event up until September 19th and registrations are now closed. Keep an eye on this page for future events!
No experience necessary, all you need is creativity and an idea.
Day 1 - Public Launch and Getting to Work
Thursday, September 22, 5-8PM
On the first day, innovators and guests will be given short presentations and workshops from the judges on how to run a business, and how to develop a great business pitch. This will help the Innovators to get a good idea of what the judges will be looking for, and will also contain valuable information that will help them out in their future. Innovators will be given a briefing on the expectations for their project, and each team/individual will be assigned a mentor to help them with building out their idea.
The will be onsite space provided for the Innovators to work on their project and pitch.
Mentors will be around to guide the Innovators and make sure they stay within the guidelines of the contest, as well as give constructive criticism and feedback to help Innovators deliver a solid idea and pitch.
There will be food and drinks provided, and CBYF and RRCP staff will be around to help with any needs.
Innovators are welcome to work on their project on their own time between event days, however their mentors might not be available outside of event hours. It is up to the teams to establish coordination and collaboration. In the event where a team member doesn't have any way of connecting with the other teammates, we may be able to provide technology for group calls such as a laptop and portable WIFI device.
Day 2 - Working with Mentorship
Friday, September 23, 5-8PM
On the second day, the Innovators will continue work on their project and practice their pitches with their teammates. The mentors will also be present this day to work with the teams.
Day 3 - Presentations and Winners Decided
Saturday, September 24, 10AM-3PM
On the third day, the Innovators will have some final time to clean up their pitches in the morning, and will enjoy a working lunch with their mentors before pitching their ideas to the judges in the afternoon.
The public is welcome to come and join staff for guided tours of the innovation centre between 12-1:15 before the pitches start.
They will have one or two of their team members present their pitch to the audience and judges. There will be a short period where innovators and guests will be able to mingle and speak to other teams/individuals about their presentation. The judges will then decide on the winners and announce the winning Innovators. There will be 3 teams or individuals chosen as winners, in no particular order. The top 10 teams will be offered $20 per month towards a software or tool to develop their business ideas.