Founder Fundamentals-Finance 101

February 1, 2022 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Founder Fundamentals is an 12-week virtual workshop series designed to help you kickstart your entrepreneurial career.


About Founder Fundamentals

Interested in building your entrepreneurial skills to launch your startup?

YSpace, York University’s innovation hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host an 11-week educational program called Founders Fundamentals.

Whether you are a professional services company, brick and mortar or technology startup, the program aims to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Spanning across topics such as finance 101, to how to write a business plan, to legal basics and more, this program provides a wide range of learning. In addition, the program connects you with local resources for potential next steps as you progress in your entrepreneurial ventures.

Individuals who attend at least 9 out of the 11 workshops will receive an Innovation York Certificate of Completion, illustrating your dedication to learning about the essentials of launching a successful business.

About the Workshop

Are you looking to launch a startup or propel your startup into scaleup? In this workshop, we can give you the key systems and processes you can implement in your business right away to ensure you are building a strong financial foundation. Whether you are looking to grow exponentially or in the market for raising money, this webinar is a great starting point.

We will show you what tools and apps you can implement to make sure you are tracking your business revenue and expenses, and building your financial reports for key stakeholders. We will also show you the basic terminology and meaning of financial statements and what you need to watch out for as a founder or CEO. Lastly, we will go through the foundation of Canadian tax, including sales tax, personal tax, and corporate tax.

This workshop aims to cover the following items:

  • How do you prepare for taxes?
  • What are some tools and software you can use?
  • Basic balance sheet and terminology intro

About the Presenter

Zahra Qureshi Zahra Qureshi, a qualified CPA, CMA launched Optinum Professional Corp. to provide social enterprises (SEs) support for accounting, finance and social impact. She aspires to make these topics accessible and useful in creating sustainable small businesses and SEs. She also delivers workshops and supports as a mentor at entrepreneurship incubators locally. In 2020, Zahra launched non-profit Social Venture Circuit as a learning platform for SEs, hosted its first conference successfully in November 2020 and joined Startup Canada’s community leader network.


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