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Growing ideas in a high-tech hothouse

Ryerson University, already a hotbed of high-tech innovation, has launched a new pilot project that nurtures emerging entrepreneurs and connects them with perspective companies. Called the Digital Media Zone, the program provides free office space and guidance to Ryerson students and alumni with high-tech business ideas. As reported by the Globe & Mail, Digital Media Zone has already helped launch 10 businesses since it opened eight months ago.

"A campus breeding ground for high-tech entrepreneurs is turning for inspiration to Canada's original digital renaissance woman.

Gerri Sinclair was a Shakespeare scholar who became a Web pioneer, sold a company to Microsoft  and went on to advise governments and businesses on tech strategy. Now the 63-year-old Vancouver entrepreneur wants to unlock the innovation power on Canadian campuses and ultimately shake up the way they do research. One of her first stops is Ryerson University."

"To help build the school's digital strategy, Ms. Sinclair will work with the new Digital Media Zone, an experiment that nurtures students' high-tech business ideas and matches them with companies looking for technology development. At a time when innovation is on the tip of every politician's tongue, Ryerson is nurturing student ideas to see if it can kick-start new companies and keep talent in Canada. As well as working on their own projects, the Digital Media Zone plans to become a kind of test lab for businesses with technology challenges."

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original source Globe & Mail
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