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Opportunities to connect at ONRamp

Queen’s-based entrepreneurs network at new innovation space in Toronto.

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    Nathan Mah, co-founder of Mero Technologies, gives a short business pitch to the crowd gathered at ONRamp.
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    Queen’s entrepreneurs, alumni, and venture capitalists were provided an opportunity for productive networking at the launch of ONRamp.
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    Norman Musengimana, Queen’s graduate of the Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MMIE) program at the Smith School of Business, and Founder & CEO of Bizskills Academy, gives a short pitch to the crowd at ONRamp.
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    Vice-Principal (University Relations) Michael Fraser and Assistant Vice-Principal (Partnerships and Innovation) Jim Banting were present to launch Queen’s partnership at ONRamp.
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    Irshad Shariff, founder at Craft Tapp, and Tom Ebeyer, Founding Partner at Leading Minds Lab, talk shop at the launch of Queen’s partnership at ONRamp.

Innovation and entrepreneurship were hot topics at a recent gathering of alumni, members of the Board of Trustees, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs at ONRamp – a new, collaborative workspace in Toronto where Queen’s- and Kingston-based start-ups can network and grow. The May 15 event was the first of many meet-ups set to take place in the facility.

In February, Queen’s University formalized a partnership agreement with the University of Toronto-led space, gaining use of its meeting and workspaces. Three other university partners are also members of ONRamp, including McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, and Western University. Launched in 2017, ONRamp has since been utilized by 50 startups, and currently has 600 active users.

“Entrepreneurship is hard, and networking is vitally important to support start-ups,” says Jim Banting, Queen’s Assistant Vice-Principal (Partnerships and Innovation). “A lead, a connection, or insight into a marketplace all help a start-up to succeed. Queen’s membership in ONRamp provides prime location for Queen’s and Kingston-based start-ups to work and hold meetings with potential investors, customers, suppliers, and government officials while visiting Toronto.”

A number of entrepreneurs from a variety of start-ups were in attendance at the first-ever Queen’s gathering at ONRamp, including: Spectra Plasmonics, Limestone Analytics, Elentra, Mero Technologies, BizSkills Academy, Leading Minds Lab, AdaptiveX, and Craft Tapp.

For more information about ONRamp, or how to access ONRamp facilities and programs via Queen’s membership, contact Amanda Gilbert, Communications Coordinator at Queen’s University’s Office of Partnerships and Innovation. The ONRamp initiative is the latest innovation partnership for Queen’s, adding to other partnership efforts in Kington, Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, and in Upstate New York. Visit the office’s website for information about all Queen’s innovation initiatives.

Upcoming ONRamp events will be posted on the Queen’s events calendar.