Launch It! Debuts New Tenants for Spring 2017


March 27, 2017


Downtown Winnipeg — Two new Launch It! participants are finding successes with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Launch It! Retail Incubator. Winnipeg entrepreneurs, Jordan Schimnowski and Richard Harzing, who own Motio Massage and Van Johan respectively, are the newest participants in the rent-free storefront space through the BIZ and partners including Cityplace.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ is excited to announce the next intake for the Launch It! Retail Incubator and Pop-Up. Select entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pilot their product and receive mentorship through Launch It! for three months starting June 2017.

Entrepreneurs aged 18-39 are invited to complete their application HERE.

This innovative program brings new and creative businesses to the downtown by giving entrepreneurs:

  • Rent free storefront space to pilot and sell their products and services
  • Connections to business support services who can help with everything from grants to business plan development, marketing and more
  • Networking opportunity with other entrepreneurs
  • Access to various business development workshops, seminars and mentoring

“We are once again thrilled to support young, creative and eager entrepreneurs with two rounds of the Launch It! program in 2017,” says Stefano Grande, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ CEO. “We’re so proud of the successes of these two entrepreneurs, Jordan and Richard, who have already realized great opportunities through their time in Cityplace through Launch It!.”

“Cityplace is a great destination for entrepreneurs to test their product in an active downtown environment,” says Cheryl Roney, Director of Leasing and Marketing with Triovest (Cityplace). “Through Launch It!, Motio Massage has determined that his product is a direct fit within the downtown clientele. We’re excited to announce that Jordan has chosen to stay, signing a lease with Cityplace.”

Alumni from the Launch It! Retail Incubator include: Friday Knights Clothing, Josiah Galleries, Delicious Kicks, EPH Apparel, Lennard Taylor, Oi Furniture, Synonym Art Consultation, The Bannock Factory, DigiPlus, Spark Rentals Inc., Winnipeg Pass, Mighty Malicious X Delicious, and Brandish Agency.

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More information on Launch It!

Tineke de Jong, Director of Marketing, Events & Communications
Phone: Direct – (204) 958-4635, Cell – (204) 806-2506, Email: