Launch Kawartha hires business advisor and program manager

By Lindsay Advocate

David Cowdery has been hired as Launch Kawartha's business advisor and program manager.

Just a year after officially opening the new LAUNCH Kawartha Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre on Kent Street in downtown Lindsay, Launch Kawartha has hired a dedicated business advisor and program manager to support their Innovation HUB and deliver critical incubation and acceleration services to entrepreneurs.

“We are proud to introduce David Cowdery to our growing Team here at LAUNCH Kawartha,” said Executive Director Vince Killen. “David is a dynamic professional with a passion for supporting the entrepreneurs and driving economic development and innovation in our region. His multiple years of experience as a business coach and serial entrepreneur will be invaluable to supporting our growing cohort of innovative entrepreneurs.”

Funding for this role was provided by the newly renamed Invest Kawartha (formerly the Kawartha Lakes Business and Community Development Corporation (KLBCDC)). Invest Kawartha, an affiliate corporation of the KLCFDC, has a vision and mandate to support focused strategic investments in talent, technology and industries of the future.

“This key role will be an integral piece in helping entrepreneurs find success in our region through the incubation model we’ve established in the LAUNCH Kawartha Innovation Hub. This boots-on-the-ground approach in conjunction with the Innovation Clusters programming, will provide the critical tools business owners actually need and are actively looking for.”

Since February 2023, over 750 attendees have participated in over 30 workshops, seminars, keynotes and fireside chats across a range of topics directed specifically to supporting innovation, small business and NFPs at the centre.

“The Innovation Cluster eagerly anticipates the valuable contributions of this dedicated team member, who will play a pivotal role in streamlining the intake and continuous assessment of Entrepreneur Clients, facilitating seamless connections to programming that actively fosters business growth,” expresses Camila Duarte, executive director of the Innovation Cluster for Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes. “This collaboration marks just one of the myriad possibilities arising from our great partnership and the presence of an on-site team member at the Kawartha Lakes location. We want to leverage the incredible space at Launch Kawartha with our excellent programs, driving a substantial and enduring impact for Entrepreneur Clients in the region.”

The position will also support new development projects currently in development through LAUNCH Kawartha and Invest Kawartha.

About David Cowdery

David Cowdery adds six years of business coaching in the entrepreneurial accelerator space to an award winning, international commercial directing and producing career. His passion for designing and delivering winning pitches, for brands such as HP, P&G, Kelloggs, and Canadian Tire is an invaluable asset to those striving for more positive pitching outcomes. David’s experience spans a broad range of industries, beyond the arts, and serves as an invaluable asset to those seeking to add value to their businesses. David is the founder of Nine Hundred Pictures Inc., a boutique corporate video production company and is currently represented by MOWAD Pictures in Toronto for commercial work. His experience spans beyond the entertainment industry into the start-up ecosystem as a co-founder of Fixtimate (an early stage platform app in the automotive space). David excels at helping businesses formulate problem definitions and translate their value propositions into a variety of communication channels.

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