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Is Entrepreneurship in Your DNA?

Seneca's New Home for Innovation

An entrepreneurial venture requires an idea. Something that will stand alone or stand out in an overcrowded assembly of products and services competing for the same audience. So how does something as simple an idea evolve into something greater? Enter the HELIX (Health Entrepreneurship and Lifestyle Innovation Xchange) initiative at Seneca.

HELIX is a home for like-minded individuals to work together towards a common goal. Seneca students and community youth collaborate, learn from each other, and gain extensive knowledge from sector experts in an extracurricular setting. “HELIX is Seneca’s on-campus entrepreneurship incubator, that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship and provides support to turn participant’s business ideas into successful start-ups,” said HELIX Director Chris Dudley.

The HELIX program offers workshops, presentations, experiential events, and mentorship to assist its participants, also known as HELIXer’s, in expanding their knowledge and turning ideas into reality. Participants will have the unique opportunity to pitch their venture idea, connect with established professionals and receive seed funding to launch their business to the next level.

“HELIX has presented me with an amazing opportunity to formulate a business model and develop a business plan. As a young entrepreneur I find HELIX’s aggregation of mentors, workshops, events and services, including its fantastic workspace, an invaluable resource,” said Travis Clements-Khan, who has experienced the program first-hand and has an allergy detector product with a lot of promise.

Seneca stands as Ontario’s most entrepreneurial College. With programs such as HELIX helping youth with ideation, development of business models and practical learning experiences there is great potential to see this trend continue.

“I encourage those with the passion to make a difference to not be afraid of taking that first step. Just follow your dream and go for it,” said HELIX Board Advisory Committee member and Seneca alum Greg Twinney. Greg is a graduate of Seneca’s Business Administration program and has gone on to achieve tremendous entrepreneurial success.

The health and lifestyle industry has seen immense growth as people of all ages are becoming more aware, cautious and concerned about how they take care of their bodies and their overall well-being. It might just be a HELIXer who comes up with the next big thing to change or save a life.

To get involved in HELIX as a mentor, entrepreneurial speaker, or as a participant please contact Kate Collins at 416.491.5050 ext. 24081 or Kate.Collins@senecacollege.ca.