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Ryerson’s newest Zone promotes new business development in Brampton

The Ryerson Venture Zone in Brampton (“The Zone”) is an incubator dedicated to helping build and grow new businesses in Canada’s second fastest growing city. As part of Ryerson University’s internationally recognized Zone Learning network, opens in new window, The Zone brings together aspiring entrepreneurs and provides them with the programming, coaching, and access to resources they need to create new ventures.

A home for innovation and cultivating local talent

On January 7, 2020, Ryerson University and the City of Brampton issued a joint media release, opens in new window announcing the establishment of the Ryerson Venture Zone in Brampton. Located within the burgeoning Brampton Innovation District, external link, opens in new window, The Zone aims to enhance the city’s social and economic vitality by supporting the growth of new business, creating high-skilled jobs, building a talent pipeline, and solidifying Brampton’s standing as a global hub of innovation.

The Zone will:

Explore opportunities to bring innovative solutions in Brampton’s existing industries, including advanced manufacturing, creative industries, food and beverage, intelligent logistics and transportation, and technology-enabled health services

Incubate and develop high-potential startups and entrepreneurs in Brampton by fostering innovation and extending business infrastructure to support the growth of new businesses 

Create and nurture a network of influencers from business, academia and government through collaborative partnerships that provide thought leadership and access to national and international markets

 

Support the Brampton 2040 Vision by developing, attracting and retaining local talent and build a reputation of excellence

 

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Ryerson zones are incubators, or spaces where aspiring entrepreneurs come together to brainstorm, kickstart projects and build startups. Each zone provides members with one-on-one mentorship from experts, as well as access to workshops, programs, bootcamps, and state-of-the-art workspaces and technologies.

Zones empower members to develop their own ideas or put their skills to work by collaborating with a team. As such, they help members grow their network, gain real-world experience, build their resume, and even access funding.

The Ryerson Zone Learning network boasts 10 zones on campus, each with a focus on a different industry, and several satellite zones and innovation hubs across Ontario and the world.

In the second half of 2020, we will begin launching events, activities and programs for Brampton’s entrepreneurship community. To be kept informed of upcoming programming, we encourage you to sign up to receive our newsletter below and to follow us on social media.

Due to COVID-19, the opening of The Zone’s physical space is still to be determined. However, The Zone is planning to launch digitally in 2020. We encourage you to sign up for email updates and follow us on social for updates and announcements.

As one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, Brampton is home to 650,000 people and 70,000 businesses. People are at the heart of everything the city does. It is energized by diverse communities, attracts investment, and is embarking on a journey to lead technological and environmental innovation. The City partners for progress to build a healthy city that is safe, sustainable and successful.

Strengths of Brampton and Peel Region

Advanced Manufacturing - It is the largest employment sector in Brampton; contributes $4B to the Canadian GDP, 1,500 companies employ 30,000 people. Top employers include FCA, ABB robotics, Magna, Almag aluminum, BMP metals to name a few. Home to the key post-secondary training through Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technology (CAMDT, external link, opens in new window) and Skilled Trades Centre (STC), Brampton is strategically positioned to support the diverse talent needs of the advanced manufacturing sector.

Food & Beverage - Brampton’s food and beverage sector is a one-stop-shop, complete with food testing, processing and packaging facilities as well as transportation, packaging design, equipment and refrigeration storage all located within the city. It contributes $1.3 B to Canada’s GDP and 8,500 people are employed in 300 companies. Top employers include Loblaws, Maple Lodge, Coca-Cola, Give & Go prepared foods, Italpasta to name a few.

Transportation and Logistics Hub - Located near Pearson airport and home to many logistics companies, following are some of the largest goods movement employers in the region: Chrysler, Maple Lodge farms, Coca-Cola, Amazon, Canadian Tire and Maritime Ontario to name a few. CN Rail’s Brampton Intermodal Terminal (BIT) is the largest terminal in North America and is CN’s intermodal hub for the GTA and Southwestern Ontario, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week and nearly 60 percent of the railway’s system-wide intermodal business passes through the terminal.

Health & Life Sciences  - William Osler Health System, external link, opens in new window is a hospital system that serves 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities within the Central West Local Health Integration Network. It consists of Peel memorial centre, Brampton civic hospital, Reactivation care centre and Etobicoke general hospital. The health system is dedicated to evaluating and implementing more patient inspired technologies to enable efficient, effective and innovative care for this diverse community.