I have the great privilege of working with some of the brightest young startup entrepreneurs in Windsor and Essex through a program called DeskUP that provides business mentoring and subsidized office space in the Downtown Business Accelerator. Here is a great article about that in the Windsor Star. Click HERE.
You’ll here me talking a lot about the Downtown Business Accelerator that houses twenty five dynamic startups and small businesses under one roof who work together, share resources, expertise and costs. This is grassroots economic development.
The companies vary across different sectors. There are digital and tech companies like Daedas, Astral Social, Noxtrom Digital and Razzlewood run by entrepreneurs in their twenties. Chris Pressey Design is a graphic design outfit that services not only our region but also Michigan and beyond. There are other services such as Your Choice Paralegals and Enlighten Counselling Services. The Windsor Express basketball team have their offices here too. Stonethro Studies does professional video production. There are non-profits here too including our own WEtech Alliance and Junior Achievement.
You can find the whole roster here on the Accelerator website. Click HERE.
It’s quite amazing, and what is terrific is bumping into entrepreneurs who have moved out of the business incubator and have successfully gone out on their own to establish thriving businesses across Windsor and Essex.
If you get a chance, pop into the Accelerator at 720 Ouellette Avenue on the corner of Tuscarora. I’ll be glad to give you a tour!