Niagara College and partners support local entrepreneurs through the Meridian Ignite! series

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from Niagara This Week:

Entrepreneurs from across the region will have their chance to pitch their business ideas to win money and prizes to help get their enterprise off the ground in a series of Niagara’s own pitch competitions.

This year, Meridian Credit Union has partnered with Niagara College and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) to support these local entrepreneurs through the Meridian Ignite! series, including Niagara College’s Pitch Perfect competition, the Startup Weekend event and the GNCC’s Ignite pitch competition. Competitors have a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize from Meridian Credit Union, and a basket of business services worth more than $30,000 to get their initiative started.

“We’re proud to support innovation and entrepreneurship close to home in Niagara. This pitch competition series is the perfect fit with Meridian’s programs of support for small businesses,” said Wade Stayzer, vice-president of sales and service at Meridian Credit Union. “Meridian is proud to partner with the GNCC and Niagara College to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs across Niagara.”

Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment at Niagara College, said the series is a great showcase for new ideas and fresh approaches — something the college has always encouraged and nurtured.

“Niagara College not only trains the entrepreneurs of the future, but supports them as they develop their ideas into enterprises,” said Kinnaird.

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