IgniteAC, Algonquin’s entrepreneurial fire starter

ignite_acThe IgniteAC Centre is the one-stop shop for anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset, who is looking for the resources to help get them started. With people like Algonquin College’s own Godfrey Joekumar walking away with not only a successful Algonquin club (Startup Launchpad), but also his own company (BookPort), the IgniteAC Centre has proven that they’re the place to be if you are an entrepreneur, or someone with hopes of becoming one. Below are the top five ways the IgniteAC Centre helps get entrepreneurs off the ground.

1. Mentorships

One of the most important components of becoming an entrepreneur, is surrounding yourself with skilled individuals to help guide you along your way. The IgniteAC Centre helps connect you mentors, from a variety of different industries, that can support you through your entrepreneurial journey, with mentors specializing in a variety of different departments. Need to perfect your sales pitch? They have, or can provide, an expert for that. Legal questions? Expert. General inquiries?  The IgniteAC Centre has, or can direct you to, the professionals available to ensure that your business questions can be effectively answered, with experts ranging from Algonquin staff, to industry professionals throughout Ottawa. Speaking of which… Continue reading

Meet our Wolves’ Den Competitors: Derek Kernan

Derek Kernan

From a young age, Derek Kernan learned the value of hard work and was personally influenced by several entrepreneurs. After working in the concrete trade for 10 years, in February Derek officially launched Capital Concrete Finishing, a company that offers modern custom concrete finishes for walkways, patios, driveways, and more.

Derek is participating in this week’s Wolves’ Den – Algonquin College’s very own Dragon’s Den – for a shot at legal help, seed money, and a mentorship opportunity. Will the Wolves think Derek’s concrete business is a solid investment, or will they find a crack? Let’s learn more about contestant Derek!

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