The BRIDGE's Entrepreneurship Week 2022

It’s business as virtual at The BRIDGE's Entrepreneurship Week, happening online from March 7-11, 2022.

Celebrate the impact that innovation and startup activity can have on our economy, our health, and the planet.  Accelerate your success in entrepreneurship by leveraging the countless opportunities for training, mentorship, and research guidance at The BRIDGE. Join The BRIDGE's Innovation Program or New Venture Program and explore the worlds of corporate/social innovation and business creation.  

All are welcome at this week of public events – students, mentors, alumni, business leaders, investors and anyone else who wants to be inspired and learn why The BRIDGE is THE place for entrepreneurship. 

Events

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Monday, March 7th | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST

Nobellum Innovator Program

Are you a Black entrepreneur in the making? Nobellum is joining forces with U of T to help launch at least 100 Black-owned startups by 2025. At this event we will discuss our program, initiatives and how you can be one of the Innovators in our program. Nobellum is here to grow, scale and push your business to the next level! 

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Tuesday, March 8th | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Data Resources for Entrepreneurs 

Preparing a business pitch and developing a business idea requires you to have data on your target market. You need data to inform decisions on your business plan, data on your competitors, and if you want to be innovative in your industry you need data to tell you a story on performance and opportunity. Data literacy for entrepreneurs is essential. This session will help you identify your data needs, find relevant data using specialized library resources, and evaluate and synthesize data using critical thinking.

Speakers:

Mariana Jardim | Liaison Librarian, The BRIDGE, UTSC Library, mariana.jardim@utoronto.ca

Catherine Macgregor | Finance Learning Centre and Liaison Librarian, UofT Mississauga Library, cat.macgregor@utoronto.ca The workshops on this page are part of an Entrepreneurship Research Skills

Co-Curricular Record as recognized by the University of Toronto. They are open to all U of T students, faculty, and staff. A valid UTORid is required to access library databases. Registration is required.

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Wednesday, March 9th | 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST

UTE's True Blue Expo

Join us at the True Blue Expo – U of T’s annual showcase of all things entrepreneurship at U of T and the capstone event of U of T Entrepreneurship Week (March 7-11). Attend this virtual expo from 1:30 – 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, to connect with U of T startup founders, accelerators and community partners.

  • Meet our 40+ U of T startups and learn about their innovations
  • Network with U of T’s accelerators and learn how they can help you start and build your business
  • Meet important non-profit, government, and funding groups that can help you grow your business

This event is taking place as part of U of T Entrepreneurship Week. Click here to see the complete schedule of events and to register for free tickets.

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Thursday, March 10th | 10:00 am – 11:30 am EST

Two-eyed Seeing in Entrepreneurship

Please join us for a conversation about the Two-Eyed Seeing in Entrepreneurship with Jonathon Redbird and Christina Tachtampa of Redbird Circle Inc. Hosted by UTSC’s The BRIDGE and UTM’s iCube, the session will focus on how Indigenous Knowledge applies to the fields of entrepreneurship and business education given the Indigenous Peoples long history as innovators and entrepreneurs. It will offer students an opportunity to learn about the duality in entrepreneurship and education, and invite them to think in new ways about themselves, their community, and our connection to the spirit of the land.

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Thursday, March 10th | 11:00 am – 11:30 am EST & 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

The BRIDGE Orientation

Welcome back to The BRIDGE!

We're so excited to welcome our students back to our spaces, virtually and in person. From entrepreneurship to research and data, to community and industry projects, study space, and everything in between, The BRIDGE is UTSC's Management's go-to place for experiential learning.

Facilitator:

Victoria Woods | Library Technican, The BRIDGE, University of Toronto Scarborough Library

Join us for one of our in person or online orientations, to find out how you can engage with our programs and services

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Friday, March 11th | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Meet The Founders; New Venture Program (NVP) Showcase

Whether you have a business idea and don’t know what to do next or you are completely new to the idea of entrepreneurship, being a post-secondary student and simultaneously an entrepreneur can be quite challenging at times. On Friday, March 11th, we invite you to join us for an engaging panel featuring The BRIDGE’s New Venture Program (NVP) students who have successfully taken their business idea and turned it into a venture. You will hear diverse perspectives on the best approaches to balance academics while starting a venture. 

Panalists:

William Song | Co-Founder, Aiprhodite

Elya Djaffer | Vice President, Quintescent Heritage

Vince Lai | Founder, ApexKeyboards Ltd. 

Facilitator:

Professor William McConkey  | Associate Professor and Academic Director, The BRIDGE

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