Discovering the Entrepreneur Within

Date & Time

Monday, 25 February 2019
09:00 to 17:00

Location

Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success, Postdoctoral Fellows Office, and Mitacs Training

Registration Opens

Monday, 18 February 2019 - 9:00am
 
 

*This session is being offered in collaboration with MITACS Training. 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!

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

Facilitator

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 Information

Registration opens on Monday, February 18 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 2 business days in advance by e-mailing graduate.pathways@ubc.ca. 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 UBC graduate students registered in the current academic session. After registering, you will receive confirmation and additional event details within 2 business days. If you experience any difficulty using the online registration tool, please e-mail graduate.pathways@ubc.ca. Postdoctoral fellows should register at: https://www.postdocs.ubc.ca/professional-development-events.

Non-UBC graduate students who wish to register should e-mail graduate.pathways@ubc.ca after the registration open date/time stated above.

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.