FIND A LOCATION

  • North Forge | East

    PINAWA

    President: Shane Li

    24 Aberdeen Avenue
    Pinawa, Manitoba R0E 1L0 • P: 204-262-6400

  • NORTH FORGE SMARTPARK
    new address:

    WINNIPEG

    President: Teresa Dukes

    400 – 135 Innovation Drive
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6A8 • P: 204-262-6400

  • Fabrication Lab

    WINNIPEG

    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

    3rd Floor, 125 Adelaide Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0A3 • P: 204-799-2033

SEE ALL

The Met Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurship Gives Students a Head Start on Startups

The Met Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurship (MICE) launched in September 2018 and was designed for young people who have a passion for developing and creating startups that are innovative in nature and (generally) founded in tech. The program, developed by Maples Met School, is a response to students who wanted to develop their own ventures and connect with mentors who not only had technical skills but also an expertise in the design and implementation process of a business.

MICE has partnered with North Forge Technology Exchange to help facilitate greater learning. Students are paired with entrepreneurs in the same field of interest and attend internships every Tuesday. At these internship experiences, learners hone in on the necessary skills to develop their startup. “We were thrilled when presented with the opportunity to mentor Ufoma, a student from MICE,” said Suzanne Braun, Managing Director at Relish New Brand Experience. “Our development team works with him in our office, one day each week as he develops his own app from the ground up. This experience has been rewarding for our entire office and it’s been exciting to watch Ufoma’s progress.”

On Thursdays, students attend sessions with North Forge mentors where they update the group on their progress and are introduced to key contacts in the startup community. Learners also engage in weekly online learning modules on entrepreneurship, which provide the learners with a grounding in the literature and theoretical foundations of entrepreneurship.

As part of the program, students are also receiving training with InVision Edge, working towards Blue Belt Certification in Innovation Engineering to help them innovate faster and more successfully for the rest of their lives.

When asked how the idea of MICE came to be, Matt Henderson, Assistant Superintendent for the Seven Oaks School Division says much of it had to do with perfect timing. “It was interesting how Jeff and I were thinking the same idea independently. We managed to connect at the right time when we both realized that youth need a program where they are fully engaged in authentic startups while learning critical human and technical skills in a rapidly changing world of work,” says Henderson.

Currently, the young people in the program are working on startups that centre around autonomous robotics, app development and social enterprise.

“I am blown away by the confidence that our learners have developed and how they have matured in terms of their design thinking,” says Henderson. “They are all able to clearly articulate their ideas with passion and clarity.”

Jeff Ryzner echo’s this sentiment and looks to the future when it comes to the potential of students and the province as a whole. “The students have exceeded my expectations in their creativity, work ethic and commitment to bring new ideas to the world,” says Ryzner. “It is this type of education I wish was available to me when I went through school. I can’t help but wonder how different our province would be in a few years if every student had the option to study and practice innovation in high school.”

Share

Supporters

Due North Systems

Share
LEARN MORE

Go Oil Canada

Share
LEARN MORE

SevenOaks School Division

Share
LEARN MORE

Maples Met School

Share
LEARN MORE

world trade centre winnipeg

Share
LEARN MORE
Bockstael logo

Bockstael

Share
LEARN MORE
Pinawa logo

LGD Pinawa

Share
LEARN MORE
CNL logo

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Share
LEARN MORE

Canadian National Energy Alliance

Share
LEARN MORE

North Forge Technology Exchange

Share
LEARN MORE

SEED - Altona

Share
LEARN MORE

Relish

Share
LEARN MORE

Portage Regional Economic Development

Share
LEARN MORE

Morden & District Chamber of Commerce

Share
LEARN MORE

Morden Community Development Corp

Share
LEARN MORE

Community Futures Heartland

Share
LEARN MORE

Carman

Share
LEARN MORE

Access Credit Union

Share
LEARN MORE

North Forge East

Share
LEARN MORE

Community Futures Winnipeg Rivers

Share
LEARN MORE

Business Development Bank of Canada

Share
LEARN MORE

Barkman Concrete Ltd.

Share
LEARN MORE

Pitblado Law

Share
LEARN MORE

Bit Space Development

Share
LEARN MORE

Pinawa Community Development Corporation

Share
LEARN MORE

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Share
LEARN MORE

Canadian National Energy Alliance

Share
LEARN MORE

Pegboard Hosting

Share
LEARN MORE

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Share
LEARN MORE

Government of Canada

Share
LEARN MORE

City of Winnipeg

Share
LEARN MORE

University of Manitoba

Share
LEARN MORE

MNP LLP

Share
LEARN MORE

Fabbaloo

Share
LEARN MORE

GO Software

Share
LEARN MORE

Deloitte

Share
LEARN MORE

Red River College

Share
LEARN MORE

Princess Auto

Share
LEARN MORE

Bell MTS

Share
LEARN MORE

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Share
LEARN MORE

Relish New Brand Experience Inc.

Share
LEARN MORE

Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuership

Share
LEARN MORE

Manitoba Government

Share
LEARN MORE

les.net

Share
LEARN MORE