Discovering the Entrepreneur Within
Date & Time
*This session is being offered in collaboration with MITACS Training (formerly Mitacs Step). Mitacs Training provides professional development training to advanced degree graduates, supplementing their education and research experience with the tools necessary to succeed in today’s workforce.
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!
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.
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?
- Entrepreneurial attributes
- Risk tolerance
- Common pitfalls
- Changing face of entrepreneurialism
- 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
Roger Patterson loves creating successful companies. He has over 15 years’ experience in the software and telecom industries – 10 years of which were spent founding his own companies. After starting off his career working for large corporate behemoths such as Nortel and Newbridge Networks, Roger found himself drawn to smaller, more innovative start-up companies, in search of that elusive feeling of being able to make a difference. Since 2001, Roger has founded 3 companies. He has been involved in the painful process of raising capital, as well as the more pleasurable process of having his company acquired. And in between, he has invented new algorithms, managed small and large teams, created new products, and fostered customer relationships on 3 continents – including a lot of flying around. Through all this, Roger has come to love and be humbled by the truly creative process of entrepreneurism, and looks forward to helping others turn their ideas into businesses.
Registration opens on Tuesday, February 13 at 9:00am.
NO SHOW FEE: 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 email@example.com . 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.
Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to register. Priority will be given to currently registered UBC graduate students. If you are a non-UBC student or a postdoctoral fellow and would like to register, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org after the registration open date/time stated above. If you do not receive a registration confirmation or waitlist e-mail from email@example.com within two working days of registering, we recommend e-mailing us to follow up as this indicates we have not received your registration submission.