Jumpstart your start-up! Learn and connect at Entrepreneurship 101

Jumpstart your start-up! Learn and connect at Entrepreneurship 101

Learn. Build. Win.

Are you interested in starting or growing a business? Would someone in your community benefit from learning the in’s-and-outs of entrepreneurship? MaRS has a program that can help.

Our FREE, 30-week course covers the nuts and bolts of building a business for emerging entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting a business.

Learn how to:

  • Develop your product
  • Define your market
  • Hire and lead teams
  • Protect your intellectual property
  • Raise capital
  • Sell your product or service

Participants are also eligible to enter the Up-Start! Competition for a chance to win $10,000.

Session 1: Entrepreneurship 101 / Finding and Validating your Idea

We start things off at 6:00 p.m. on Sept 28. Come get a sense of the scope of the course and how it applies to your start-up.

Session 2: Lived it Lecture with Mobilicity CEO Dave Dobbin

Dave shares his vision and reflects on a unique journey that has taken him from owning one of Western Canada’s largest cellular retail chains to competing with the country’s Big 3 carriers head on.

See what’s coming up in E101

Meet our High-Calibre E101 Speakers

Pioneer by name, pioneer by nature. Murray Hogarth is a leader in the petroleum industry. The founder and former CEO of Pioneer Petroleums grew his business from one retail gasoline station in Hamilton in 1956 to a chain of about 150 stations in Ontario.

Geoff Cape is one of Canada’s best known social entrepreneurs. He’s the founder of Evergreen, a charitable organization that encourages Canadians to take a hands-on approach to improving the health of their cities. Evergreen focuses on integrating nature into urban design through sustainable greening projects in schoolyards, parks, communities and at Evergreen Brick Works, a unique environmental community centre in Toronto. Since its inception in 1990, Evergreen has grown to over 115 employees and several locations across Canada.

Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, planet earth’s leading online invoicing and bookkeeping app for service oriented professionals, freelancers and teams. Mike built FreshBooks in 2003 for his design firm in order to scratch his own itch. Since launching in May 2004, FreshBooks has touched over 2,000,000 lives and Mike and his team dedicate themselves to being a great service for people who love their work, and want to focus on it instead of focusing on their paperwork.

This lecture covers all the essentials of building and delivering an effective pitch to help you find financing for your entrepreneurial venture or sell your product to customers. Learn the elements of a good pitch deck and identify the key elements of good communication that successful start-ups use.

Entrepreneurship 101 is Free

Simply register and attend. We’ll keep you up to date via email.


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We hope to see you there!

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