Startup Series

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.

The NORCAT Innovation Mill is pleased to offer our Startup Series – an array of entrepreneurship educational programs, networking 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.


Startup Series

Innovation Mill In-Person Learning

StartUp 101Startup 101

Generously supported by Vale

Startup101 is 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.

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StartUp LabsStartup Labs

Innovation Mill Startup Labs are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs and industry professionals. 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.

Stay tuned for upcoming Startup Labs

Innovation Mill Hot Topics

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.

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Peer-to-Peer Roundtables

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.

On-line Learning

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.

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How-to Guides

Downloadable workbooks guide you through straightforward steps to create documents such as strategy plans for IP, financing, HR and marketing.

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Resources for Entrepreneurs