On Wednesday, May 18th we celebrated 30 weeks of hard work and dedication of an elite group of Sudbury entrepreneurs. After 30 weeks of intensive work, fifteen individuals walked away with invaluable knowledge of what it takes to start and grow a business. The program taught the fundamentals of what every entrepreneur needs to start a business – whether it’s your business model canvas or how to protect your intellectual property, Entrepreneurship 101 dove into the dirty details of starting and growing your business. Industry experts, local champions and start-ups themselves took the stage to speak about their “been there, done that” experiences, while giving the students the motivation and expertise needed to move forward.
To wrap up the program, each student was given the opportunity to put their knowledge to use at our third annual Up-Start! Competition. Five individuals pitched their business idea / plan to a panel of judges, Laurie Bissonette (Partner, KPMG), Bruce Bichel (General Manager, Smelting & Refining – Ontario – Vale Canada Ltd.), and Tim Doherty (Managing Director, Maestro Mine Ventilation). After much deliberation, the winner of the 2016 Up-Start! Competition and $5,000 was Jason Hall of Canuck Superfoods.
Every year, we are inspired by the tremendous work of our local entrepreneurs. We’ve seen close to 60 individuals successfully complete the Entrepreneurship 101 program and work towards establishing a new business or growing an existing one. This Fall, the NORCAT Innovation Mill will be launching the fourth season of Entrepreneurship 101. However, unlike previous year’s we will be revamping the structure, format and schedule to reflect the needs of the Sudbury community and address the fundamentals of starting a business. We’ll be launching the program in August – stay tuned for future updates!
Miss this year’s program? Visit our website for a full video catalogue of lectures and content.