August 14th, 2018

Business Beat: Business incubators an all-in-one solution

By Medicine Hat News on February 7, 2018.

A quick Google search of “how to start a business” quickly unveils pages of services, articles and insight for entrepreneurs to consider. With so much information to sift through, often just the process of researching business development services can stall even the most dedicated entrepreneur in moving their idea from concept to reality.

Business incubation programs are aimed at solving this exact problem. As an all-in-one solution, business incubators offer connections to mentorship, capital and expert advice. One of the most effective ways to get the assistance you need to start or grow a business is to work directly within an entrepreneurship ecosystem.

With this in mind, earlier this year, APEX Alberta, a partnership between CF Entre-corp, Medicine Hat College and AB Innovates launched the APEX Entrepreneurship Incubator Program, offering entrepreneurs and business owners the opportunity to start, grow or innovate their business through access to a cluster of dynamic and focused entrepreneurship services.

Though business incubators are not a new concept, the APEX Entrepreneurship Incubator offers a fresh approach to traditional incubators by focusing on high-touch client services while leveraging a comprehensive service offering for both startups and established businesses.

With access to the APEX network of people, services, startup funding, loan programs and mentorship, the big value in the new program is the ability for entrepreneurs to work closely with experts in the fields of startup, marketing, and innovation to grow their ideas.

The APEX Entrepreneurship Incubator delivers both virtual and storefront client services to assist regional entrepreneurs that can accessed through offices at Medicine Hat College, CF Entre-corp and the City of Brooks.

The real power of this local incubator program is the collaboration of the APEX partners organizations (CF Entre-corp, Medicine Hat College, AB Innovates) ability to deliver valuable and useful services to entrepreneurs under one program banner while working with many other local business professionals and organizations.

Entrepreneurs can enter the program through any of the APEX organizations and participants will benefit from access to all of the new and historical services this powerful network provides.

To get a full list of programs and services and to be part of this growing network, visit http://www.apexalberta.ca and find out more about how the program connects entrepreneurs with the coaching, community, capital, collaborative learning spaces needed to build a successful business in southeastern Alberta.

Christie Dick is an entrepreneur advisor at Medicine Hat College and the APEX Entrepreneurship Incubator. The MHC Entrepreneur Development Centre helps student and alumni bring their entrepreneurship dreams to life. It offers 1-1 coaching, training, mentorship and access to a diverse network of startup funding. To connect into the network email edc@mhc.ab.ca or call 403-502-8433.

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