3 Young Entrepreneurs Get A Chance At Downtown With Retail Incubator & Pop-Up Shop


June 1, 2015


Downtown Winnipeg – On the heels of a pilot program launched in 2014, 3 young entrepreneurs have set up shop in a vacant storefront with help from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and Portage Place Shopping Centre. Dubbed the Launch It! Retail Incubator, participants will get an opportunity to operate a pop-up store for 3 months in a prominent location downtown, gaining first-hand experience of running a mini-retail outlet and testing out their products and services to the public.

“We are thrilled to support these young, creative, and eager entrepreneurs,” says Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “They have put their own careers on hold to make a serious effort of their business dreams downtown. We are ready to help support them with value-added resources like business development, industry mentorship, legal and human resources coaching, and marketing support.”

Mighty Malicious X Delicious, Winnipeg Pass, and Spark Rentals Inc, were selected through an application process that received well over 15 applications. In the coming months, additional Launch It! Retail Incubator sites will be set up throughout downtown Winnipeg.

“Launch it! has been able to provide our brand with great exposure to Winnipeg,” says Justin Cansino and Myles Genido of Mighty Malicious X Delicious. “We are a brand proudly influenced by the culture of our city, and where better to be selling our apparel than downtown! Launch It! will help guide us through the right paths and link us to the right resources to becoming a successful business.”

Mighty Malicious X Delicious

Mighty Malicious X Delicious is comprised of two young entrepreneurs who have a passion for art, music, and fashion. www.mmxd.biz

“The opportunity to be part of this program provides access to an incredible support network, a prestigious retail address, and the camaraderie of other ambitious entrepreneurs excited to make a difference. The innovative endeavours of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ are paving the way for growth and opportunity in this incredible city,” says Enver Naidoo, owner of Winnipeg Pass.

Winnipeg Pass

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Sinan Leylek, owner of Spark Rentals Inc., says of the Launch It! program: “I’m thrilled to be part of a program that encourages unique business concepts in what makes Downtown Winnipeg a vibrant place for entrepreneurs, young and old. I hope to showcase our one of a kind products to the Downtown community to gain valuable insight into what products are the most popular.”

Spark Rentals Inc.

Spark Rentals Inc. is a new start-up focused on providing the best rental experience for PA systems, LED dance floors, LED curtains, and other DJ lighting and effects equipment.  It achieves this goal by offering flexible predetermined return dates, affordable packages, and sourcing innovative equipment unavailable elsewhere in Manitoba.  No longer will independent event planners have to worry about strict rental periods or discreet price and fee lists. Providing service excellence is a priority that will be reached by offering easy to use equipment, delivery and set-up services to meet its client’s needs, and succeeding in its commitment to ensure that every customer has a positive experience. Spark Rentals Inc. is suited for those looking to add a spark to their wedding, social, house party, graduation party, cultural event, or other unique event, who will find browsing SparkRentals.ca to be an easy and informative process that lets them focus on what matters, enjoying their event. www.sparkrentals.ca

What is the Launch It! Retail Incubator & Pop-up?

The Launch It! Retail Incubator & Pop-up initiative helps to bring 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
  • Networking opportunity with other entrepreneurs

For more information, visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com/launchit.

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For more information, contact:
Jason Syvixay, Managing Director
Tel: (204) 958-4635; Email: jason@downtownwinnipegbiz.com