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The Met Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurship Gives Students a Head Start on Startups

The Met Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurship (MICE) launched in September 2018 and was designed for young people who have a passion for developing and creating startups that are innovative in nature and (generally) founded in tech. The program, developed by Maples Met School, is a response to students who wanted to develop their own ventures and connect with mentors who not only had technical skills but also an expertise in the design and implementation process of a business.

MICE has partnered with North Forge Technology Exchange to help facilitate greater learning. Students are paired with entrepreneurs in the same field of interest and attend internships every Tuesday. At these internship experiences, learners hone in on the necessary skills to develop their startup. “We were thrilled when presented with the opportunity to mentor Ufoma, a student from MICE,” said Suzanne Braun, Managing Director at Relish New Brand Experience. “Our development team works with him in our office, one day each week as he develops his own app from the ground up. This experience has been rewarding for our entire office and it’s been exciting to watch Ufoma’s progress.”

On Thursdays, students attend sessions with North Forge mentors where they update the group on their progress and are introduced to key contacts in the startup community. Learners also engage in weekly online learning modules on entrepreneurship, which provide the learners with a grounding in the literature and theoretical foundations of entrepreneurship.

As part of the program, students are also receiving training with InVision Edge, working towards Blue Belt Certification in Innovation Engineering to help them innovate faster and more successfully for the rest of their lives.

When asked how the idea of MICE came to be, Matt Henderson, Assistant Superintendent for the Seven Oaks School Division says much of it had to do with perfect timing. “It was interesting how Jeff and I were thinking the same idea independently. We managed to connect at the right time when we both realized that youth need a program where they are fully engaged in authentic startups while learning critical human and technical skills in a rapidly changing world of work,” says Henderson.

Currently, the young people in the program are working on startups that centre around autonomous robotics, app development and social enterprise.

“I am blown away by the confidence that our learners have developed and how they have matured in terms of their design thinking,” says Henderson. “They are all able to clearly articulate their ideas with passion and clarity.”

Jeff Ryzner echo’s this sentiment and looks to the future when it comes to the potential of students and the province as a whole. “The students have exceeded my expectations in their creativity, work ethic and commitment to bring new ideas to the world,” says Ryzner. “It is this type of education I wish was available to me when I went through school. I can’t help but wonder how different our province would be in a few years if every student had the option to study and practice innovation in high school.”

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North Forge Technology Exchange partners with PCL Construction Inc.

PCL Construction Inc.

From small renovations to complex billion dollar projects; from modular construction, to advanced digital technologies, to cutting-edge sustainability, PCL has you covered.

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North Forge has partnered with 6P Marketing

6P Marketing

6P Marketing is your collaborative marketing agency, working with you to achieve your goals.

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Bell MTS

Bell MTS is part of Canada’s largest telecommunications company, providing Manitobans with Mobile phone, TV, high speed Internet, and Home phone service.

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Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

At Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication, providing better results for clients. TDS is Manitoba’s largest independent law firm.

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Wawanesa

Wawanesa works exclusively with insurance brokers across Canada, offering home, auto, farm and commercial business products.

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Bit Space Development

Bit Space Development Ltd. is an interactive digital media studio that specializes in creating innovative learning experiences for the classroom and workplace. We work with educators and industry professionals from around the world to develop effective solutions for education and training using cutting edge digital media technologies.

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Princess Auto

For more than 85 years, Princess Auto has been supplying trade professionals, home mechanics or people who simply love building things with the tools and equipment they need to figure it out – whatever that “it” may be. With a unique assortment of tools, equipment and products, ranging from hydraulics to welding, Princess Auto complements the home improvement sector rather than competing with it.

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Bockstael

For over 100 years the Bockstael name has been synonymous with construction in Manitoba. From the humble beginnings of a Belgian carpenter, to the fourth generation of family ownership, building is in our blood. We pride ourselves on world-class innovation and a client-first approach to doing business. This is our commitment to serving the province we choose to call home for the next 100 years — and beyond.

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Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuership

The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) is here to support entrepreneurial activities across the entire University of Manitoba campus. In addition to supporting students at the I.H. Asper School of Business we also support students from ALL faculties across the University of Manitoba – Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus including: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and more!

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SevenOaks School Division

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Maples Met School

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