IION’s Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) has made adaptations out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. We want to ensure we are doing everything we can to support your business during these unprecedented times. The following adaptions to ensure the health and safety of all parties involved in EDP are as follows:
- The five days of mandatory professional development (Ignition Day, Innovation Retreat & Professional Development Day) will be done live, virtually, throughout the 16-week period via the Zoom platform. These days will be 7 half-day sessions in 4-hour timeframes.
- Existing employees that have been hired in last 6-12 months that are being reassigned to a new project or product line within the business can be eligible as participants. Reminder that there is no longer the youth component to this program; any age is eligible to participate.
Program Insight on the Innovation Retreat From Past Participants
Funded by FedNor and Ontario Trillium Foundation, IION’s Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) (formally known as the Youth Entrepreneurship Placement Program) is a 16-week paid placement involving experiential and educational learning for high potential participants interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.
IION-EDP provides for-profit innovative companies with a competitive wage subsidy of $7,200 to apply to the participant’s wage ($12/hour for 37.5/hours/week) nurturing and building the participant’s entrepreneurial capacity while increasing the SME’s ability to innovate and commercialize.
There are 3-core components to this program that participant must complete:
1) Hands-on learning: Participants are matched with an innovative company
2) Educational learning: Online guided & structured entrepreneurial educational program
3) Virtual/soft skills professional development activities
When does EDP occur?
Monday, August 31- Friday, December 18
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020
IION-EDP FAQ for Companies
IION-EDP FAQ for Participants
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