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Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

Posted at 7:38pm

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The University of Windsor’s Board of Governors approved a $4.1M budget this afternoon to finish the interior of the main campus’ Innovation Centre, which will house 9,100 square feet of accelerator space on the second floor for collaboration and individual work areas for student entrepreneurs.

The project also includes completing interior space for Campus Community Police and Parking Services, the Institute for Border Logistics and Security, and office space for Research and Innovation Services.

Windsor Family Credit Union will also lease space in the centre and will complete their renovations by the fall.

The University says that the new accelerator space will complement the services offered by the EPICentre which the Odette School of Business opened last fall, to support the entrepreneurial spirit of students with joint ventures in the region.

Working with partners such as Windsor Law and the Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation, the EPICentre hosts workshops, consulting services, guest speakers, funding competitions and startup weekends for budding entrepreneurs.

Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor said, “The Innovation Centre will significantly enhance the University of Windsor’s ability to support student entrepreneurs and help drive our future economy. Across our campus there are students with creative ideas about new business ventures and start-up companies, and we will now be in a much better position to be able to support them. Making the most of its strategic location next to the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, and across from the Odette School of Business, the Innovation Centre will be a unique address for innovation in the region.”

The Innovation Centre offers a total of 39,000 square feet and is located in front of a seven-storey parking garage at Wyandotte and California. The cost of constructing the garage and the shell of the Innovation Centre is $25.8M.

All work should be completed by this fall.

Offices of Campus Community Police and Parking Services

First floor plan

Second floor plan

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