Discovering the Entrepreneur Within

Date & Time

Wednesday, 30 September 2015
09:00 to 17:00

Location

Graduate Student Centre, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and Mitacs Step

Registration Closed / Past Event

 
 

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 Objective:

To expose participants to the benefits and trials of building a business while building awareness of the current Canadian entrepreneurial landscape and the resources available to entrepreneurs. The aim of the workshop is to broaden awareness of the entrepreneurial world to build confidence and expand a sense of possibility.

Learning Outcomes

Through participating and completing this workshop, participants will: 

  • Have a broadened understanding of the elements that make a successful business and an unsuccessful business
  • Gain a greater sense of what it take to be an entrepreneur
  • Gain personal insight into taking the entrepreneurial routs
  • Understand different types of businesses
  • Build awareness on different sources of financing
  • Gain in-depth exposure to business planning
  • Understand and have practiced creating and presenting the elements of a successful pitch

Key Topic Areas:

What makes a good entrepreneur?

  • Self-assessment
  • Entrepreneurial attributes
  • Obstacles
  • Risk tolerance
  • Common pitfalls
  • Changing face of entrepreneurialism

Entrepreneurial Landscape

  • Current trends
  • Definitions and resources

Know your company: structure your idea

  • Entrepreneurial teams
  • Market analysis
  • Product vs. services
  • Types of legal business entities
  • Types of Funding
  • Plan your idea
    • Financial/People/Legal, accounting, admin

Make a plan

  • Plan your company
  • Creating a business plan

Selling your idea

  • Successful pitches to potential investors

Refreshments: Beverages and light lunch will be provided. Please bring your own mug.

Information about upcoming Graduate Pathways to Success events can be found at: http://www.grad.ubc.ca/pathways

Registration Information

NO SHOW FEE: This is one of our most popular workshops and we must run a full session of 30 students. No shows are costly for our program and, most importantly, leave students on the waiting list. Students who register and do not attend will be charged a $25 no show fee. To avoid this fee, please cancel at least 48h in advance by e-mailing graduate.pathways@ubc.ca. This will allow us to add someone from the waiting list and run a full session. If we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list, you will not be charged. 

Participants must commit to attend the entire session. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to register. If you are a postdoctoral fellow or a non-UBC student and would like to register, please send an email to: graduate.pathways@ubc.ca once registration opens. For UBC students, the workshop registration form will appear at the bottom of the event page on community.grad.ubc.ca.  If you do not receive a registration confirmation or waitlist e-mail from lina.yu@ubc.ca or graduate.pathways@ubc.ca within 2 working days of registering we recommend e-mailing us to follow up as this indicates we have not received your registration submission.

Accessibility

If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email graduate.pathways@ubc.ca, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.