Entrepreneurship can be learned. But the key, according to the Kauffman Foundation, is to provide education at “teachable moments” — when you are thinking about starting a business or ready to scale it. What entrepreneurs need isn’t the type of abstract course they teach in business schools, but practical, relevant knowledge you can apply to your business.
This is what the Innovation Mill offers – an array of entrepreneurship educational programs and online resources to help you answer your complex questions – at your own time, at your own pace, and in a format that works best for you.
On-line Learning via the Innovation Mill Portal
If you like to learn online, then definitely check out our Entrepreneurs Toolkit, supported by our partner the MaRS Discovery District. Whether you’re starting a business or growing one, the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit offers a wealth of resources, information and tools to help you, including:
Articles, Templates, Videos, and Reports
The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit searchable repository has hundreds of articles, videos, and templates specifically designed to help you solve the business problem that you need to solve when you need to solve it. Topics include sample investment documents / shareholder agreements, prototyping, pitch deck format, marketing plans, legal and IP, among many others.
Downloadable workbooks guide you through straightforward steps to create documents such as strategy plans for IP, financing, HR and marketing.
In-Person Learning at the Innovation Mill
Generously supported by VALE.
Entrepreneurship 101, a free course that provides practical and relevant knowledge for those interested in starting their own business. This course, developed in conjunction with the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s pre-eminent innovation centres, offers a series of free weekly lectures delivered by “been there, done that” entrepreneurs. These lectures cover a variety of topics aimed at providing participants with the information they need to start and grow a business.
Innovation Mill Entrepreneurship Workshops
Entrepreneur's Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.
In each session, you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.
October 21st, 2014 – more information to follow
Crafting your Value Proposition
November 10th , 2014 & November 11th , 2014 – more information to follow
Starting Lean: Business Model Canvas
January 12th, 2015 & January 13th , 2015 – more information to follow
Social Media Marketing
February 25th, 2015 – more information to follow
Pitching to Investors
March 12th, 2015 & March 13th, 2015 - more information to follow
*Session for Sudbury PITCH 2015 and Up-Start! Competition finalists
Innovation Mill Hot Topics
Understanding your market, the latest trends, and what others are doing is difficult even on the best of days! The Innovation Mill Hot Topics series engages leading thinkers from around the world to share their insights with our entrepreneurial community on topics that are relevant now and in the future.
Innovation Mill Peer-to-Peer Roundtables are member-only initiatives that are designed to promote professional development, knowledge sharing, and relationship building. P2Ps bring together members from various organizations, within similar functional roles, to share ideas, exchange advice, and discuss challenges and opportunities in a high-value, candid, and confidential environment.
If you are interested in participating in one of our P2P Roundtables but aren’t a member, please let us know.