By Christine Shay
Go Global, Hire Local matches young technology entrepreneurs who wish to define and exploit global opportunities with international professionals who possess appropriate skills. The program is the result of a special relationship between Carleton University’s Technology Innovation Management program and the International Talent Acquisition Centre.
On Feb. 10, Go Global, Hire Local brought together 30 talented newcomers to Canada and eight venture teams at the Carleton-led Accelerator in the St Patrick’s Building. They discussed jobs that could help ventures in the Accelerator globalize rapidly, while encouraging highly skilled international professionals to work in their fields of interest.
“The Accelerator was buzzing with activity as energetic individuals full of ideas discussed opportunities to develop differentiated products and services for global markets,” said Ludovico Prattico, co-ordinator and intake manager of the Lead to Win Program (leadtowin.ca), a Carleton University initiative to launch and grow start-ups.
Go Global, Hire Local is part of a job-creation engine designed and operated using a global ecosystem approach.
“Start-ups get access to the resources, services, and talent that they need to grow and reach global markets, and everyone in the National Capital Region benefits from the jobs created in the local economy,” said Prof. Steven Muegge, a faculty member at the Sprott School of Business.
Tony Bailetti, director of the TIM program, and Ying Xie, senior manager of In-TAC, both stressed the importance of the relationship between the TIM program and In-TAC.
“Many of the people involved in these two organizations were once new immigrants themselves,’’ said Ying Xie. “They understand the resilience and perseverance it takes to get settled in a new country. With Go Global, Hire Local, it is much easier for new immigrants to become part of the domestic workforce and use their skills acquired back home.”
“In addition to their skills and knowledge, immigrants provide us with their connections to the world, which are incredibly important to the venture teams working in the Carleton-led Accelerator,” said Bailetti.
The operations of the Carleton-led Accelerator are funded by the Ontario Centre of Excellence’s Campus Linked Accelerator program, the TIM program, Carleton University and the Nicol Institute of Entrepreneurship at Carleton.
The Accelerator enhances the educational experience of Carleton students and contributes to the development of Ontario’s economy by helping to create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses.
Carleton’s Technology Innovation Management is a unique graduate program that offers both a project (M.Eng) and thesis (MA.Sc.) options. This master’s program attracts technology entrepreneurs, people who wish to work with technology entrepreneurs, and individuals who are part of the business ecosystems that support technology entrepreneurs.
In-TAC is an initiative of the Ottawa Chinese Community Services Centre (OCCSC), which has a national presence and international reach. In-TAC provides training, staffing and recruitment support and services, coaching and mentoring.