The ICIE will be located at a City-owned commercial space located at 200 Dundas Street East. The building is currently under construction and the City will take possession at the end of 2019. With support of the community and through extensive negotiation, the first two floors of 200 Dundas St East will be Canada's first-ever Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a 16,000 SF community hub space dedicated to serving Indigenous entrepreneurs.
The purpose of the ICIE is to provide a space and support for Indigenous entrepreneurs looking to build businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits, collectives or cooperatives. The overall vision is to provide a home for Indigenous entrepreneurs looking to access resources, advisory support and workspace for building their ventures. This initiative is the first-of-its-kind in North America.
Over the course of 2018, the City of Toronto’s Entrepreneurship Services hosted comprehensive stakeholder consultations to develop a formal business plan for this new initiative. This exciting project will accelerate the transformation of the Dundas Street corridor into a world centre for Indigenous innovation and leadership that will enable businesses and entrepreneurs to work with the broader community to access Indigenous-led services, technology and talent through virtual and physical co-working locations. The creation of Canada’s first-ever urban Indigenous District will also serve as a scalable model for private, public, university, and civil society partnerships.
Construction of the Incubator will begin in 2019.
- Toronto Is Building New Indigenous Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, StartUP Here, September 3, 2018
- Indigenous entrepreneurs offer input about development of Toronto business incubator, CBC News, October 25, 2018
- Toronto is developing plans for downtown Indigenous Centre, Daily Hive, September 5, 2018