Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) announced a $100,000 investment Sunday with LAB B, a startup incubator and co-working space in Brampton to help the organization fund its programming.

The funds, to be distributed over a two-year period, will go towards scaling Zero Gravity, a skills development program for youth.

The program aims to create long-term sustainability and foster community growth by creating employment opportunities for youth in Brampton. They do this by providing youth with tangible learning opportunities and real-life skills.

“As an airport, we understand the value of investing in skills development for youth, especially when it comes to technology because it touches every aspect of our operations. We’re proud to partner with LAB B again; together, we’re helping connect our neighbours in Brampton with opportunities that provide real, measurable impact,” says Hillary Marshall, VP of Stakeholder Relations and Communications at Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Through Zero Gravity, students have the opportunity to conceptualize and execute on ideas. Last year students in the program designed Brampton-inspired sweaters. They created an e-commerce store to sell the sweaters, created a marketing campaign for them, and even managed to land media spot on CBC’s Metro Morning show.

 

“The partnership with Toronto Pearson International Airport’s community investment program is a fundamental aspect of our growth,” says Harpreet Singh, Co-Founder of LAB B. “This funding will allow us to successfully grow our Zero Gravity Co-op Program by providing our students with more tools and resources to help further their education.”

Find out more about the program at www.lab-b.ca.

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