June 2023 Newsletter


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Navigate News

Entrepreneur Spotlight

Participants Wanted for Entrepreneurship Study


Video Game Repair Workshop 

Forty million tons of electronic waste is generated every year. That’s like throwing away 800 game consoles every second. Join Forever Gaming and the DIY Society for an evening workshop in the CRI Makerspace as we counteract throwaway culture by rescuing some vintage gaming hardware and controllers.

Learn how to replace a 72-pin connector on the NES. Go hands-on with controller repairs. Become a pro yourself. Once you see how easy and affordable these repairs are, you’ll never throw away another game controller again, which is good for your wallet and the environment…and for game collectors in the future!

The workshop will be on Monday, June 19th from 7-9pm at the Navigate Makerspace at CRI. Register now for this free event!

Entrepreneur Mentorship Speed-Dating Workshop

Join Navigate for an upcoming Mentorship Speed-Dating Workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs! This fun and fast-paced workshop will be on Wednesday June 28th from 6-8 pm at the Centre for Research and Innovation. It will be a hybrid event, with most folks in the room but a few mentors and entrepreneurs joining virtually.

During the workshop, you will have a chance to speak one-on-one with a group of knowledgeable mentors to pick their brains while building a network and acquiring valuable knowledge for your start-up. Light refreshments will be provided. Register today!

In-Person Entrepreneurs’ Coffee Break at CRI

Join us for another in-person entrepreneurs’ coffee break at the Centre for Research and Innovation! Navigate is bringing back a regular, in-person Entrepreneurs’ Coffee Break, and it was great seeing many of you at our kick-off coffee break on May 24th.

Come down for our second in-person coffee break on Thursday, July 6th at 12 pm!

The Entrepreneurs’ Coffee Break is a free and informal networking opportunity to connect with entrepreneurs, support agencies, and innovators. If you are around Corner Brook, please feel free to drop by between 12-1 pm. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided. See you all at CRI!

Virtual Entrepreneur Coffee Break with Spicer Facilitation 

Spicer Facilitation invites everyone to its next Virtual Entrepreneur Coffee Break on Wednesday, June 28th from 11:30 am – 1 pm. This coffee break is focused on the role of Deer Lake Regional Airport for businesses in the region. How important is the Deer Lake airport to your business? Or more importantly, how much is your business in the region important to the Deer Lake airport?

Join Spicer Facilitation in welcoming Tammy Priddle, CEO of Deer Lake Airport Authority, as she talks about how the community can support air service development. Thank you to the Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority for sponsoring this month’s coffee break! All are welcome to attend this free networking event. Register here!


Roshayne Mendis is a Ph.D. Candidate in Transdisciplinary Sustainability at the School of Science and the Environment, MUN Grenfell Campus. She has more than seven years of experience in the textile manufacturing industry back in her home country of Sri Lanka.

During the pandemic, she decided to utilize her free time and created a sustainable clothing line. Driven by a desire to generate a positive impact for the environment, she decided to call it Contour – Reshaping the future of design. Roshayne has been busy working on her clothing line and says the new collection will launch in July 2023.

You can have a look at the beautiful designs on her website or follow on Instagram @thecontour2023.


Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre has partnered with Memorial University, St. John’s, on a project entitled “Developing a Business Model for Accessible Entrepreneurship Training Programs in Rural Newfoundland & Labrador- Case Study on Humber Valley Community.”

The research project aims to design a business model to make existing entrepreneurship training programs accessible for aspiring Women and Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Humber Valley.

We are actively seeking participants from the Humber Valley Region for the study. Please contact Roshayne Mendis at  if you would like to volunteer 30 minutes of your time for an interview.

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