Discovering the Entrepreneur Within - Vancouver (June 27, 2018)

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Discovering the Entrepreneur Within – Vancouver

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Registration starts at 8:45am)
Where: UBC Robson Square / 800 Robson Street / Rm C400

Cost: This workshop, as with all Mitacs workshops, is free for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 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

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Class Date: 
Mercredi, juin 27, 2018 -
9:00am - 5:00pm
UBC Robson Square / Rm C400
800 Robson Street
Vancouver , BC