Centre aimed at startups opens doors in Waterloo

A facility designed to help students and entrepreneurs transform “innovative” ideas into successful businesses was launched in Waterloo, Ont. last month.

Dubbed the Innovation Centre, the facility is sponsored by Microsoft Canada Co. and Infusion Angels, a Waterloo-based firm whose goal is to identify, fund, and help grow concepts into revenue-oriented companies.

A Microsoft executive outlined the types of resources visitors would be able to access at the Centre. They include regular onsite training sessions, such as technology briefings, crash courses, business track sessions, and Webcasts, according to Mark Relph, vice-president of the developer and platform evangelism group at Mississauga, Ont.-headquartered Microsoft Canada.

Lecturers and trainers will include industry experts, researchers, Microsoft architects, published authors, and entrepreneurs.

Relph said visitors, over three-hour sessions, would also be able to use software and equipment from

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