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Innovation Cluster and PORCH Unveil Dynamic Partnership to Elevate Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Canada

November 7, 2023PETERBOROUGH, ON In a move set to reshape the entrepreneurial landscape for immigrants, the Innovation Cluster is proud to announce its strategic partnership with PORCH, an exclusive community dedicated to empowering immigrant entrepreneurs either in or transitioning to Canada.

This collaboration is underpinned by mutual referrals, joint event collaborations, and a combined marketing effort, all designed to maximize the reach and impact of immigrant entrepreneurs. As the Innovation Cluster offers robust startup incubator services, this alliance will facilitate the exchange of resources and knowledge, allowing both entities to further enrich their support for immigrant entrepreneurs. 

The partnership between the Innovation Cluster and PORCH promises a range of benefits for both clients and members. 

Another benefit is an expanded network. Through a mutual referral system, members can connect with a broader community of like-minded entrepreneurs and potential collaborators.

The collaboration also offers richer learning opportunities. Members will gain access to joint content contributions, providing a diverse set of insights, tools, and strategies for success.

Lastly, the partnership will host collaborative events. These events will leverage the unique expertise of both organizations, offering members a wider range of activities and fostering deeper community engagement.

Neil Weitzman, Co-Founder & CEO of PORCH commented, “Our collaboration with the Innovation Cluster is a monumental step in amplifying our efforts. By joining forces, we deepen the resources available to immigrant entrepreneurs. The synergy between our two organizations will undeniably lead to greater and more entrepreneur success stories.”

Camila Duarte, Executive Director of the Innovation Cluster, shared her excitement, “Immigrant entrepreneurs come with a rich tapestry of experiences and insights. By partnering with PORCH, we are strengthening our commitment to ensuring their success in Canada. This collaboration will be pivotal in offering them the community, resources, and support they need.”

This partnership underlines the shared vision of both organizations: to create an inclusive, resource-rich environment where immigrant entrepreneurs can thrive, innovate, and contribute significantly to Canada’s economy.

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

Student Entrepreneurship Program

The Innovation Cluster operates across multiple locations, one of which includes LAUNCH Kawartha, a dedicated space for incubation programming situated in Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes. For additional information, please visit

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

About PORCH:

PORCH is an exclusive community for immigrant entrepreneurs in Canada. It offers a curated, engaging, and safe place for building relationships, learning, and mutual growth. PORCH aims to assist immigrant entrepreneurs in their journey by providing resources, events, and a community platform designed to address their unique challenges. The ultimate goal is to help one million immigrant entrepreneurs succeed in Canada. More information can be found at


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Camila Duarte

Executive Director

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