Two more businesses through Cornwall Innovation Centre

In this Thursday, April 6, 2017, file photo, a sign for the Cornwall Innovation Center is unveiled during a ceremony at Nav Center. In less than two month, five business ideas have already been green-lighted by the business accelerator program. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – A little more than two months into its mandate and the Cornwall Innovation Centre has announced two more businesses into the Lead to Win program.

Luxury sport boat builder Tony Kazulin of Kazulin Boats in Cornwall and on-demand, on-site beauty pro Pretty Bird App, run by Mary Bratko and Mark Wilson of Mississauga, Ont., are the latest ventures to get the green light during the CIC’s Venture Demo Day.

They were entered into the business accelerator program on Wednesday, which is designed to help businesses generate $1 million in annual revenues by their third year of operation.

With this second Venture Demo Day, there are now five businesses in the program.

That appears to have already met the goal of Carleton University’s Lead of Win program. During the opening, Tony Bailetti said he wanted five new transnational companies into the program each year.

CIC spokesperson Chantal Tranchemontagne told Cornwall Newswatch there is still room for more ventures – the next pitches will come in late August.

The Cornwall Innovation Centre, at Nav Canada, launched on April 6, 2017.