Let’s face it, it’s not easy to take an idea and turn it into reality. Being an entrepreneur is hard because it’s all on you! Success is on you. Results are on you. Making the call is on you. Worst of all, doing the things you don’t like to do… also on you.
The truth is that being an entrepreneur will test you in ways you didn’t think possible but we want you to pursue it anyway. We also want you to know, you’re not alone. There are a ton of support services and funding opportunities available to entrepreneurs in the Okanagan ready to take the plunge.
I recently caught up with the UBC Okanagan Co-op office to learn more about how local companies can get access to new and emerging talent and innovation. If you are looking to hire a co-op student or a recent grad, here are some of the incentives and programs you should know about:
BC Tech Co-op Grants Program | Tech firms hiring for any roles and non-tech companies hiring for tech-specific roles are encouraged to apply for salary support through Innovate BC’s Tech Co-op Grant. Learn more about eligibility and apply here.
PRO TIP: The application process is super fast and you can apply for a $2,700 in funding #techenabled
Mitacs Career Connect | Mitacs Career Connect provides meaningful work experience for young graduates and helps companies find the talent they need to grow their business. Learn more about eligibility and apply here.
PRO TIP: There are multiple opportunities for projects aimed at protecting the environment, creating positive environmental outcomes, or addressing an environmental or climate change-related challenge #techforgood
SIDIT Co-op Grants | This grant is in collaboration between UBCO and the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT). Companies can apply for $5,000 to hire a co-op students from their campus for the fall term. Learn more about eligibility and apply here.
PRO TIP: This grant is specific to UBC Okanagan students. The intent is to support meaningful partnerships with industry to promote innovation, job creation, and talent retention in the Okanagan #OKGNtech
Want to learn more about funding and support resources? Connect with me and let’s find funding and support that will work for you and your business.