Hamilton,
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January
2016
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03:15 PM
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Future young entrepreneurs invited to SURGE Start-up Career Fair

Summary

Mohawk College will host a Start-Up Career Fair on January 20. The fair will be held in The Arnie from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration for the SURGE Start-up Career Fair is open to Mohawk students and Hamilton based community members who want to learn how they can work in Hamilton’s exciting entrepreneurship ecosystem. The companies attending are looking to hire for full-time and part-time positions, with paid, volunteer, internship and equity-based opportunities available. The Career Fair is organized by SURGE, Mohawk’s Entrepreneurship Connection, an on-campus resource funded by the Ontario Centres of Excellence OCEA program. SURGE supports entrepreneurial activities at the college and in the community for youths aged 18-29.

 

 

By Andrea Johnson

Chris Buttenham knows what it is like to experience start-up success. His company, Tasytt, has the right product- a platform that gives teams one place to effectively and efficiently onboard their members- and the right support- he’s based at The Forge, Hamilton’s start-up accelerator.

All that is missing for him is the right people.

"Tasytt wants to tap into the surplus of ambitious students in the area who have benefited from very specialized programs,” says Buttenham.

“Cities with a connected, supportive start-up culture produce more qualified start-ups, which means better jobs and more business in the region. And that starts with students — they need to be aware of opportunities and we need them to bring their energy and technical skills."

Tasytt is just one of the 32 start-up companies that will be recruiting at Mohawk College at the January 20 SURGE- Start-Up Career Fair. The companies attending are looking to hire for full-time and part-time positions, with paid, volunteer, internship and equity-based opportunities available.

The Career Fair is organized by SURGE, Mohawk’s Entrepreneurship Connection, an on-campus resource funded by the Ontario Centres of Excellence OCEA program. SURGE supports entrepreneurial activities at the college and in the community for youths aged 18-29.

Partners on the Career Fair include The Forge, Innovation Factory, Spectrum, McMaster’s Entrepreneurship Program, and the City of Hamilton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre

Registration for the SURGE Start-up Career Fair is open to Mohawk students and Hamilton based community members who want to learn how they can work in Hamilton’s exciting entrepreneurship ecosystem.

 

 
 
 

Alex Pryor, a Mohawk College Financial Services student is planning on attending the career fair. Pryor is a member of the MSA Entrepreneurship Club and is the owner of a small custom-made jewelry business. He’s hoping to use the career fair to network and gain insights about the unique needs of being small business and start-up owners.

“It’s a chance to meet fellow business owners and expand my perspective of various industries,” says Pryor. “This is an opportunity not only for a job, but to better get to know our field. It is a chance to ask questions, and see what expectations employers have.”

Karen Reiner is the SURGE project coordinator and organizer of the event. She sees the career fair as the perfect way to bring together entrepreneurially-minded people that can benefit from each other’s diverse skills and expertise.“There is such a diverse range of talent and skills available within the student body at Mohawk and McMaster,” says Reiner. “The Start-up Career Fair is an opportunity to make connections and spark interest- to introduce the graphic designer to the software developer, the aesthetician to the Spa owner, and the marketer to the auto mechanic.”

Mohawk grads Rebecca Kallsen and Alley Stennett couldn’t agree more. The recent grads from the college’s Public Relations Graduate Certificate program have already landed a Starter Company grant from the City of Hamilton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre.

As an exhibitor, they will meeting and networking at the career fair.

“By opening students’ eyes to entrepreneurship and growing a start-up business, it will help to not only keep students in Hamilton, but will add to this exciting ecosystem of small businesses that's flourishing in the city." says Kallsen.

Adds Stennett:

“Hamilton has a lot to offer, and the opportunities are only increasing by the day.”

What you need to know:

The SURGE Start-Up Career Fair will be held on January 20, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Arnie, located at Mohawk College’s Fennell campus. The event is organized by SURGE, Mohawk’s Entrepreneurship Connection, in partnership with The ForgeInnovation FactorySpectrum, McMaster’s Entrepreneurship Program, and the City of Hamilton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre.

Free registration for the Start-up Career Fair is open until January 15, 2016 at http://startupcareerfairhamont.eventbrite.ca

SURGE is supported through the CampusStart program, an initiative of the Government of Ontario managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence, and is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.

Upcoming SURGE Events include:

February 3, 12-1 PM, Room i219, Fennell Campus

BUSINESS TRIAD SERIES: LEGAL, Guest: Associate Lennie Lejasisaks, Gowlings law firm

Link to register: http://tinyurl.com/BizTriadLegal

February 24, 12-1 PM, Room i219, Fennell Campus

BUSINESS TRIAD SERIES: INSURANCE, Guest: Jordan McCarter, Pearson Dunn Insurance

Link to register: http://tinyurl.com/BizTriadInsurance

March 9, 12-1 PM, Room i219, Fennell Campus

BUSINESS TRIAD SERIES: ACCOUNTANCY, Guest: Jon Veldstra, KPMG accountancy firm

Link to register: http://tinyurl.com/BizTriadAccount

March 10, 5:30-8:30 PM, Room TBC Fennell Campus

PITCH TRAINING CAMP

Hosted by: Dave Carter, Innovation Factory

Link to register: http://tinyurl.com/SURGEPitchTrain

March 23, 5:30-7:30 PM, Room TBC, Fennell Campus

PITCH IT TO WIN IT

Link to register: http://tinyurl.com/SURGEPitch

About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves 30,000 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three campuses and two City School locations at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre and the Central Public Library in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk has ranked first among all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area colleges in student satisfaction for seven consecutive years and first in graduate satisfaction for the past five years. Mohawk ranks 15th among all colleges in Canada for applied research activity and has been named among Canada’s greenest employers and the region’s top employers for the past three years.