Discovering the Entrepreneur Within
Date & Time
This session is being offered in collaboration with the MITACS Step program. Mitacs Step offers a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to professional skills development. The workshops that are offered provide practical tools in business, communications, and project management through experiential learning from industry professionals in an interactive environment, arming graduate students for success within or beyond academia.
Graduate students, please register through the Graduate Pathways to Success Program.
To expose participants to the benefits and trials of building a business while building awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and the resources available to entrepreneurs. The aim of the workshop is to broaden awareness of the entrepreneurial world to build confidence and expand a sense of possibility.
Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will:
- Have a broadened understanding of the elements that make a successful business and an unsuccessful business
- Gain a greater sense of what it take to be an entrepreneur
- Gain personal insight into taking the entrepreneurial routs
- Understand different types of businesses
- Build awareness on different sources of financing
- Gain in-depth exposure to business planning
- Understand and have practiced creating and presenting the elements of a successful pitch
Key Topic Areas:
What makes a good entrepreneur?
- Entrepreneurial attributes
- Risk tolerance
- Common pitfalls
- Changing face of entrepreneurialism
- Current trends
- Definitions and resources
Know your company: structure your idea
- Entrepreneurial teams
- Market analysis
- Product vs. services
- Types of legal business entities
- Types of Funding
- Plan your idea
Financial/People/Legal, accounting, admin
Make a plan
- Plan your company
- Creating a business plan
Selling your idea
- Successful pitches to potential investors
Registration in this workshop is required and is now open. Those successfully registered will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO one week prior to the workshop. All cancellations must be received no later than 24 hours in advance of the workshop.
*** Lunch will not be provided as part of this session. ***