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Building Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit Certificate Program

Overview:

The mission of Brilliant Catalyst is to build a community of experts, influencers, entrepreneurs and advisors to fuel innovative change and put more Canadian ventures on the map. That’s why we focus on cultivating top talent. We believe the creativity and diversity that’s within the walls at Ontario Tech University can accelerate the success of ventures in our community. From aggressive deadlines to the need to pivot and be agile, we understand the challenges organizations face and can help you overcome them.

The Building Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit program provides the basics of entrepreneurship allowing you to develop a new business idea within an existing organization or as a separate startup. At the end of the program, participants will be asked to pitch their idea using the various techniques and concepts taught throughout the course.

You can also enhance this program with one-on-one support with experienced entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial service providers with the Using Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit add-on and/or by participating in the Pitch competition.

Options: 
  • Register for full program (i.e. all required elements) and receive a formal certificate upon successful completion; or
  • Register for any individual class(es) to best suit your training needs.

Registration closed

 

Who should attend?

You may use the knowledge and skills developed through this program to prepare yourself for entrepreneurial, innovation and problem solving positions, such as:

  • aspiring entrepreneurs, specifically those in the ideation or validation stage;
  • employees responsible for creation and conceptualization of new products;
  • small business owners; and
  • those looking to expand their business skill set.

What you'll learn

In this program, you will learn:

  • the basics on entrepreneurship;
  • how to approach problems with an entrepreneurial mindset; and
  • how to apply concepts and tools such as validation, ideation, design thinking, market research, and business model canvas.

Required elements

Complete all ten courses listed here to receive a formal certificate, or choose any individual class(es) to best suit your training needs:

  • Intro to Entrepreneurship
    Introduction course that provides discussion on ideation best practices, myths associated with entrepreneurship and a deep dive into the entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Problem Validation
    Learn about the basics on how to identify and validation the problem your startup is trying to solve.
  • Intro to Business Model Canvas
    Providing participants with an introduction to a key tool of developing a venture.
  • Design Thinking
    Introduction to Design Thinking and the associated methodologies involved. Participants will also dive deeper into the design thinking process.
  • Goal Setting
    Participants will be provided with the basics on setting goals as founders to achieve maximum success.
  • Working in a Professional Environment and Networking Skills
    Learn about tools used to interview and network in a professional environment.
  • Bare Legal and IP Necessities
    Covering the basics about legalities related to a business including incorporation, NDAs, shareholder agreements, intellectual property protection.
  • Spectrum of Financing
    Learning about funding opportunities available for founders. Participants will dive into the spectrum of financing and which source is appropriate when.
  • Sales and Negotiation
    Exposure to a contract and go how to set up the contract with a client – negotiation aspect.
    Learn the basic fundamentals of selling as a startup founder. This session introduces and dives into the “do’s” and “don’ts” of selling.
  • Intro to Pitching
    Learn about the basics of communicating your business’ value proposition in both a formal and informal environment.

Using Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit add-on

Enhance the Building Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit Certificate Program with the Using Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit add-on. This add-on provides you with the resources and knowledge to succeed in the start-up world. A guest lecturer will orient you to the large entrepreneurial ecosystem available in the region and the GTA and introduce you to the wide array of support and resources that exist to support entrepreneurs in Ontario. This add-on also includes 2 one-on-one sessions with experienced entrepreneurs / entrepreneurial service providers to help guide and advise the further development of your start-up idea. 

Registration for this add-on includes free registration in the Pitch Competition!

Required elements: 

  • 2-hour guest lecture

    This workshop includes, but is not limited to:

    • Guest lecture
    • Group discussion
    • Topic/concept reflection
  • One-on-one sessions
    Each participant will have 2 one-on-one sessions with experienced entrepreneurs / entrepreneurial service providers to guide the development of a business model and actionable plan of the participant’s start-up idea.

Building Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit

To be determined.

Using Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit add-on

To be determined.

Each participant will be asked to work on a start-up idea throughout the duration of the program. Applying the material to a particular idea is key to truly understanding the concepts.  For those working for a company this start-up idea might solve an issue that the company is facing.  At the end of the program, participants will be asked to pitch their idea using the various techniques and concepts taught throughout the course. If participants are not able to generate an idea they can ask for assistance.
Registration is open to all!

COVID-19 update: All Continuous Learning sessions are being offered online until further notice. Online participation instructions will be emailed to registered learners before the start of their courses/workshops. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Online course delivery is a synchronous format. This means you must attend the virtual class at the specified date and time.

Zoom will be used for online delivery of this program to support interaction and engagement.

This course includes, but is not limited to:

  • Content presentations;
  • Group and individual work;
  • Concept and topic discussions; and
  • Topic reflections.
Online learning requirements:
  • Computer with internet access
  • Stable internet or data connection
  • Microphone
  • Webcam
  • Audio device (examples: speakers, headphones/earbuds, headset)
Offering-specific requirements:
  • Gmail account

Note: A LinkedIn profile is considered an asset.

There are no additional materials required for this program. Supplementary materials (e.g. slides) will be provided to registrants following the session.

Mentors may recommend and/or share additional resources and materials as they see fit. 

Fees

Building Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit

Full program*: $1300 CDN for ten (10) classes + HST 
*includes University Certificate upon successful completion of all required elements

Or

Individual class: $150 CDN per individual class + HST

Using Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit

$750 CDN for the add-on* + HST
*includes registration for the Pitch Competition.

Discounts

The Alumni/Staff Discount applies to registration in this full program and these individual classes.

If you are alumni or staff, contact continuouslearning@ontariotechu.ca with your Student/Banner ID before registering for details about how to apply this discount.

Regsitration

Registration is closed.

You can register for this course through the secure online registration form. All class/program fees must be paid at the time of registration.

To obtain the University Certificate the participant must:
  • Register and make full payment for the certificate option;
  • Attend each required online class;
  • Actively participant in components of each online class; and
  • Successfully complete any assigned work.

These are open enrolment offerings.

Those completing Ontario Tech University Continuous Learning open enrolment offerings (e.g. certificate programs, courses, workshops, microcertifications, etc.) are subject to the policies of Ontario Tech University and Continuous Learning. Ontario Tech policies can be found in the Policy library. Continuous Learning policies can be found in the Regulations section of the Continuous Learning website. Specifically, those completing open enrolment offerings are expected to adhere to the General and Open enrolment regulations.


Related offerings

Social Selling (LinkedIn)

Social Selling (LinkedIn)

Professional Branding (LinkedIn)

Professional Branding (LinkedIn)

Pitch Competition

Pitch Competition


 Registration Status
Closed

Location
Online*

*All Continuous Learning sessions are being offered online until further notice. Online participation instructions will be emailed to registered learners before the start of their courses. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

 Date
TBD

Credential
Certificate

 Fees
Building Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit

Full program**: $1300 CAD for 10 classes + HST
**includes University Certificate upon successful completion of all required elements

or

Individual classes: $150 CAD per individual class + HST

 

Using Your Entrepreneurial Toolkit

$750 for the add-on* CAD + HST

Contact Information: continuouslearning@ontariotechu.ca