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Innovation Cluster Partners with Kawartha Manufacturers Association (KMA) to Provide Free Memberships for New Manufacturers and Clean Tech/Social Innovation Startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

April 19, 2023 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (“ICPK”) is thrilled to unveil its partnership with the Kawartha Manufacturers Association (KMA). This collaboration aims to offer complimentary membership in its association to emerging manufacturers in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, along with early-stage Innovation Cluster clients in the manufacturing and clean tech/social innovation sectors.

 

Tom Sayers, one of longest standing members of the Kawartha Manufacturers Association said, “the KMA was founded 30 years ago with a mission to increase the competitiveness of manufacturers in Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes by providing forums for sharing best practices, collaborating on training initiatives, and creating a network of experienced problem-solvers.”

 

Diane Richard, President of Diatom Consulting and Professional Training, is a KMA member and serves on the Innovation Cluster board. Diane emphasized the importance of KMA’s initiative, stating, “the free membership program offered by KMA is an incredible opportunity for new manufacturers and Innovation Cluster clients to access invaluable resources and connect with industry experts. It will undoubtedly contribute to the growth and success of businesses in our region.”

 

Camila Duarte, Senior Innovation Specialist & Programs Director at the Innovation Cluster, stated, “this initiative aligns perfectly with our goal of fostering innovation and growth in the manufacturing and clean tech/social innovation sectors. It’s a great way for emerging businesses to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience within the KMA community.”

 

By offering free memberships to emerging manufacturers in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, along with early-stage Innovation Cluster clients, KMA aims to expedite the growth of these new manufacturers and startups, benefiting the community by creating skilled technology jobs resulting from their endeavours.

 

John Jankowski, current KMA Chair, encourages local manufacturers and Innovation Cluster clients to take advantage of the free membership offer or renew their existing memberships. “We are very excited to bring our community back together after several years of challenges for our members and the inability to hold events” says Jankowski.

 

For more information on the free membership offer or to renew a membership, please contact the KMA at info@thekma.com

 

About the Kawartha Manufacturers Association:

The Kawartha Manufacturers Association is a non-profit organization founded 30 years ago with a mission to increase the competitiveness of manufacturers in Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Through forums, training initiatives, and networking, the KMA brings together experienced professionals to share best practices, foster collaboration, and support the growth of the manufacturing sector in the region.

Email: info@thekma.com

Website: www.thekma.com

 

About the Innovation Cluster 

Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (ICPK) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs to launch, grow and scale their businesses. They help entrepreneurs reach their business goals so that our local community, job market, and economy continue to grow.

The ICPK supports startup businesses by providing dynamic programming, mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs through three core programs.

STARTUP INCUBATOR – a full-service Startup Incubator Program

STARTup Visa Program Canada – an Immigrant Entrepreneurship Program

FastStart – Student Entrepreneurship Program

For more information on the ICPK, visit Innovation Cluster at www.innovationcluster.ca 

Core Funding is provided by The City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, The City of Kawartha Lakes, OMAFRA, Feddev Ontario, and Franklin Empire. 

 

Media Contact

Innovation Cluster

Nicole Stephenson

Interim CEO

nstephenson@innovationcluster.ca

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