Royals Roads to help entrepreneurs at downtown Victoria office

Author: 
Carla Wilson

The Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies’ office move downtown to ViaTec’s Fort Tectoria was featured in the Victoria Times Colonist Thursday, July 16.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Royal Roads University is putting out the welcome mat at a new downtown Victoria office set up to give a boost to local entrepreneurs.

Director Geoff Archer said Wednesday that the message from the university’s Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies is: “Come and interact with us.”

“What we are trying to do is engage with you in a way that is win-win for our students and for small-business owners in the Victoria area.”

The centre has moved into Fort Tectoria, 777 Fort St., owned by the Victoria Advanced Technology Council. Fort Tectoria is a hothouse for innovation, serving as the base for Accelerate Victoria and the high-tech sector in the city’s core.

Set up in 2007 with a $1.6-million endowment, the Douglass centre’s mandate is to engage with the community in entrepreneurship. But there is “very little awareness” of its existence, Archer said.

He figures one reason for the centre’s low profile is the fact that it does not have a physical office or space at Royal Roads. “By moving downtown, we are flipping that switch.”

Possibilities include entrepreneurship students developing business plans for local firms, he said.

The head of a local company might have an idea for a new concept, or need to raise money from a bank or the creation of a more professional organization. An entrepreneur might have a new business in mind, or want to expand into a new market.

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