Discovering the Entrepreneur Within - Waterloo, ON (October 16, 2018)

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Discovering the Entrepreneur Within – Waterloo, ON

When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am)
Where: Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, ON N2L 0B4)

Room: 200

Lunch and beverages are provided.

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs workshops, is free for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, the preauthorization of a valid credit card is required as part of the registration process. A $50 penalty will be applied to all late cancellations (cancellations that are not made 5 days or more before the workshop date), no shows, or incomplete attendance. These penalties are only charged after the completion of a workshop and no charges are ever made to interns who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page here.


Discovering the Entrepreneur Within has participants analyze successful entrepreneurial ventures and identify what it took for those entrepreneurs to reach their goals. Using an interactive, team-based approach, this full-day workshop builds awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and resources available to those looking to start their own business. Using the tools and techniques used in the first part of the workshop, teams create a product or service concept that they will present to the group. May the best idea win!

Workshop Objectives

Gain an understanding of the entrepreneurial climate in Canada and the resources available to start-ups. Explore what works when launching a new venture to avoid common pitfalls.

Learning Outcomes:

You will learn:

  • The best practices of successful businesses
  • Available funding sources
  • In-depth business planning
  • The elements of a successful pitch
  • What it takes to be an entrepreneur
  • The entrepreneurial routes

Key Topics

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

  • Self-assessment
  • Attributes of successful entrepreneurs
  • Identifying and dealing with obstacles
  • Risk tolerance
  • Common pitfalls
  • The changing face of entrepreneurialism

Entrepreneurial Landscape

  • Current trends
  • Definitions and resources

Knowing Your Company

  • Entrepreneurial teams
  • Market analysis
  • Product vs. service
  • Types of legal business entities
  • Funding types

Making a Plan

  • Structuring your company: financial, legal, accounting, administrative
  • The business plan

Selling the Idea

  • Successful pitches

If you have any questions please contact the Training team at

Class Date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
101 Father David Bauer Drive
N2L 0B4 Waterloo, ON