Events

Sep
21
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -Building a Social Enterprise @ Webinar
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Founder Fundamentals -Building a Social Enterprise @ Webinar

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

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

About the Workshop

Traditionally we think of businesses, charities and entrepreneurship as completely different worlds. Businesses sell products or services to make a profit, charities purposely work to address social issues and entrepreneurs strive to innovate. However, increasingly, socially-minded entrepreneurs and innovative nonprofits are tearing down the wall between these worlds. They are merging profit, purpose and innovation to create a powerful new hybrid: the social enterprise. Profitable businesses that innovatively and sustainably tackle problems locally, nationally or internationally. In this workshop, you will get an introduction to social entrepreneurship, and in particular, you will learn:
-What is a Social Enterprise and what makes it unique, and;
-The Rewards and Challenges of building a social enterprise.

About the Presenter

Coming soon!

 

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").

Sep
28
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -Legal Basics for Entrepreneurs @ Webinar
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

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

About the Workshop

We know entrepreneurs think and dream big; and that is what makes them so unique. But, as you are dreaming up the next best idea, it is important to take a step back and to ensure that you build and secure the legal foundation of your business. Your lawyer will help you do this, but it is important to know the right questions to ask and to understand some key legal principles to spot potential issues and to resolve them early. 

The goal of this workshop is twofold: (1) to ask and to answer some of the key questions every entrepreneur should ask his or her lawyer at the early stage of starting a business, and (2) to explain in plain English and to help you understand the key legal principles with which you should be familiar. 

This workshop aims to cover the following questions and principles: 

  • Business Structures: Choosing between incorporation, partnership, and sole proprietorship.  
  • Shareholders Agreements: What they do and why your business may need one.  
  • Confidentiality Agreements: Importance, key terms and provisions.  
  • Hiring Employees and Contractors: The critical differences between employees and contractors.  
  • Entering into a Commercial Contract: Understanding the critical terms and provisions to consider.  
  • Website Terms of Use & Privacy Policies: Understanding the importance of these and when they are required.  

*Please note that this workshop does not constitute legal advice.

About the Presenter

Amee Sandhu

 

 

 

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").

Sep
29
Wed
ELLA Entrepreneurial Insights: TIME IS POWER | How To Get The Most Out Of This Limited Resource
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

time is power event graphic

Welcome back to September! You’re probably off to the races already and wondering where the time has gone. Before the fall passes you by, let’s talk about how to use your time effectively. Your business’ potential to scale is dependent on your ability to spend time where your business needs it most. In this month’s Entrepreneurial Insights Fireside Chat, learn how to get power over your time! 

In ELLA’s Entrepreneurial Insights 3-part fall series, we will explore the foundation of what you need to scale effectively. Part one will feature TEDx speaker and time management, productivity, and leadership expert Nike Famojuro. Nike will share her POWER framework as well as strategies to help you get a better handle on your time.

Join us on Wednesday, September 29th at 12:00pm EST for Nike's keynote presentation followed by moderated Q&A with Nicole Troster, ELLA Entrepreneurship Manager. You won’t want to miss out on this thought-provoking session. 

Catch us in October for Part 2, all about processes and tools to help you structure your business for growth. 

About the speaker:  

Nike Famojuro Headshot

Nike Famojuro is a Strategist, Coach & TEDx speaker. She provides strategic solutions to entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or scale their businesses. She also facilitate personal development trainings (workshops, seminars, in-house and corporate trainings).  

Based on her passion for moms, she is the founder of Momleader - a platform that helps moms to lead in businesses, careers and at home without sacrificing in other areas.

She is also the co-founder of Speakerize - a platform that helps speakers, experts, coaches and consultants to spread their message to a wider audience on a TEDx Stage and beyond. She shares Time Management & Productivity Strategies on her Max Your Time YouTube Channel.  

Nike is a Law graduate, a former corporate trainer (trained on Time Management, Goal Setting, Sales & Change Management), Certified Business Analyst with over 13years experience, Certified John Maxwell Speaker, a Certified DiSC Trainer and currently pursuing her graduate degree in Psychology.  

When she is not working with her clients, speaking or facilitating a training, you can find her with her family and loved ones. 

Oct
5
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -Finance 101 @ Webinar
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

Individuals who attend at least 9 out of the 11 workshops will receive an Innovation York Certificate of Completion, illustrating their 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.

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").

Oct
19
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -Attracting Your Dream Client @ Webinar
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Founder Fundamentals -Attracting Your Dream Client @ Webinar

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

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

About the Workshop

Do you know how to get leads and more clients?  How do you attract those top raving fans, those high-quality people into your business? Attracting high quality customers is an important part of starting and growing a business, especially in an already crowded market and it’s as much about mindset as it is about strategy. This webinar will give you the formula to grow your business while attracting a steady flow of Dream Clients. 

This workshop aims to cover the following items: 

  • Define and attract your true raving fan “Dream Clients”  
  • Create the perfect offers that those Dream Clients can’t wait to buy  
  • Market and sell those offers with confidence and ease 

About the Presenter

Lianne Kim

 

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").

Oct
26
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -CRM @ Webinar
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

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

About the Workshop

Coming Soon!

About the Presenter

Jessica Rawwley

 

 

 

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").

Nov
2
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -Pitching & Storytelling @ Webinar
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

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

About the Workshop

Startups and founders at any stage of their lifecycle should be prepared to pitch, whether it is for their business or themselves. However, creating an effective pitch can be a scary thing if you have never done it before. There are so many elements to consider, including what to say, how to say it, and what to include in your slide deck. The process can be overwhelming for some, but creating a powerful and compelling pitch is essential to success for any entrepreneur. 

This workshop aims to cover the following items: 

  • What slides or topics need to be covered in a pitch deck? 
  • Rules of thumb for PPT presentations visually 
  • Key elements of an effective pitch 

About the Presenter

Michell Smith, Best Selling Author, Strategic Consultant 

Best Selling Author, Sales Expert, Consultant and Speaker, Michell opened her first company at 21, and in 5 years scaled it to billing over 10 million dollars in annual commissions, for over a decade. It was the largest and most successful sales organization ever built in Canadian history.   

She’s conducted over 50,000 interviews, helped open over 100 companies, and spoken on stage over 5000 times. She is the Founder of She The Mighty™ an entrepreneurial community and educational empowerment system for women and girls and has her 4th book Mighty Leadership coming out in bookstores in 2022.   

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").

Nov
9
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -Mental Health for Founders @ Webinar
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Founder Fundamentals -Mental Health for Founders @ Webinar

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

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

About the Workshop

Coming Soon!

About the Presenter

Coming Soon!

 

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").

Nov
16
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -Work Life Harmony @ Webinar
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

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

About the Workshop

Work-life balance is something that most entrepreneurs strive for, but struggle to achieve – it's somewhat of a myth. But, if we aim to achieve work-life harmony instead, this can leave us with a renewed sense of freedom, balance and opportunity. This webinar will explore ways to help you achieve harmony in your personal and business lives, especially since as an entrepreneur, the two are highly integrated. 

This workshop aims to cover the following items: 

  • Exploring the concept of work/life harmony 
  • Outlining strategies for increased harmony 
  • Understanding how to create healthy energy states to avoid burnout 
  • Enhancing overall psychological well-being 

About the Presenter

Christine Smith, Director, Client Success, Sampler 

Christine is a consumer packaged goods industry veteran and has experienced burnout first hand. By sharing her story and the tools that she has learned along the way, she hopes to destigmatize burnout and other mental health issues.  

 

 

 

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").

Nov
23
Tue
Founder Fundamentals -Equity, Diversity & Inclusion @ Webinar
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-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 entrepreneurship hub, is partnering with the Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) to host a 12-week virtual educational program called Founders Fundamentals. The workshop series is designed to help participants gain the basic skills and understanding necessary to start a business. The ultimate goal is to provide participants with an educational platform, while connecting them with local resources for potential next steps as they progress in their entrepreneurial ventures. This special “ELLA Edition” of Founder Fundamentals is held in collaboration with ELLA, York University’s community for women entrepreneurs, and will feature women facilitators with workshops designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

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

About the Workshop

Implementation of Equity Diversity &Inclusion (EDI) practices is vital to any business but can often be overlooked - especially when starting a new business. This interactive workshop will explore ways to embed fundamental EDI principles as a conscious pillar in the organization and in the products and/or services delivered. Although the workshop will focus on issues faced by women in the business world, it will also provide valuable and practical strategies on how to become a better ally; and on challenging all of our own unconscious biases. By developing an understanding of foundational DEI concepts, you will begin to understand how to create an engaged workforce that promotes psychological safety, authenticity, and innovation – giving your business a competitive edge over others. 

This workshop aims to cover the following items: 

  • Foundational understanding of the following critical EDI terminology and concepts: 
    • diversity and inclusion 
    • equity vs equality 
    • unconscious bias 
    • psychological safety and engagement 
  • Learn how to become aware of bias and discover tools you can adopt to become aware of your own values, beliefs, and biases 
  • Implementation of quick-win EDI tools/strategies to be a better ally for marginalized groups, and assess your team’s inclusion climate 
  • Understand the benefits of creating a high inclusion work  culture  

About the Presenter

Naomi Uy (She/Her), Business Operations Consultant | Equity Diversity & Inclusion Advisor 

Naomi has over 25 years of experience in business operations, process optimization, program management, business analysis and project management in the healthcare, corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. Naomi is known for her master workshop facilitation skills that are not only engaging but are also fun and highly effective. She has certificates in Diversity & Inclusion, Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt),  business analysis, advance continuous improvement, and project management, all of which have contributed to Naomi’s career achievements with the Ontario Ministry of Health’s Home Care program, and at PointClickCare (a market leader in post-acute care electronic health records). 

As a leader passionate about continuous improvement and organizational progress, Naomi is fully committed to driving larger systemic change for businesses in the area of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Empowered by her own lived experiences as an Asian-Canadian female navigating the business world, she has made it her life's ambition to create programs that incorporate and operationalize diversity, equity, and inclusion at work for all marginalized groups. “I want to empower others to bring their true authentic selves to work - because with authenticity comes the courage to be vulnerable, and an organizational culture poised for high employee engagement, innovation and success.” 

*Zoom link will be accessible in your Order Confirmation page emailed to you after registration (click on "Go to Online Event").