Mitacs Step Workshop: Discovering the Entrepreneur WithinExport this event to calendar

Friday, October 31, 2014 — 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT

Would you like to be an entrepreneur, do you have what it takes? Discover the important traits required to be a successful entrepreneur, how to assess risk, what makes a good business plan - and how to pitch it! Join Mitacs Step for an informative and interactive full-day workshop.

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

Successful pitches

This workshop, as with all Mitacs Step workshops, is free for both 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 students who participate in full. For answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit our help page.

Cost 
Free
Location 
TC - William M. Tatham Centre for Co-operative Education and Career Action (CECA)
Room 2218
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada
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