Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations

Think you may be an entrepreneur?
Learn about the personal side of entrepreneurship and be a part of the conversation. Be inspired by real-life stories of hard work and success.

About Entrepreneurship 100

Entrepreneurship isn’t about sitting back and watching TED talks. It’s about putting yourself out there and getting it done. Join our interactive conversations to learn about transforming ideas into successful businesses and who can help you along the way.

Entrepreneurship 100 is an event connecting curious people with diverse entrepreneurs. Featuring an interactive Q&A conversation and a chance to meet with the panelists, Entrepreneurship 100 is the best way to learn about starting a business – no MBA required!

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Upcoming Events

February 26, 2018

6:00 – 8:00pm

Banting Institute room 150 (ground floor)
100 College Street
Toronto, ON
M5G 1L5

Fundraising: Live with three venture capitalists

THE PARTICIPANTS: Those who want to learn about venture capital and what venture capitalists (VCs) are looking for in a business. Attend Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations to meet with VCs and learn how to effectively pitch your business.

THE FORMAT: A moderated panel of 3 VCs will discuss their jobs, conversing with each other and the audience. We will have online polling and questions during the first hour as well as a networking session during the second hour of the event will ensure attendees engage with the panel.

THE PANELLISTS:

Janet Bannister

Real Ventures

Janet is a Partner at Real Ventures, Canada’s largest and most active early-stage venture capital firm.  Janet has led investments in over a dozen companies and works actively with the founders to help them build large, sustainable businesses. Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada.  Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to launching Kijiji, Janet was at eBay in Silicon Valley where she helped transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace.   

Shirley Speakman

Cycle Capital

Shirley Speakman is a partner with Cycle Capital, Canada’s most active cleantech funds. Based in Toronto, she manages investments for Cycle across North America. Her portfolio includes investments in plastics and polymer upcycling and transformation, IoT and energy storage and efficiency. Prior to joining Cycle Shirley was with the Investment Accelerator Fund, a $40M+ venture capital fund established by the Ontario government to invest in seed and early stage technology oriented companies.

Dave Unsworth

Information Venture Partners

Dave Unsworth co-founded Information Venture Partners in 2014. Dave has led investments in Sensibill, eSentire (exited, 2017), Verafin, Igloo Software (exited, 2017), Viigo (acquired by BlackBerry) and works closely with portfolio companies like Sensibill. Dave is focused on FinTech and enterprise software and is particularly interested in cybersecurity, mobile, enterprise 2.0 and ventures that create highly valuable data assets by being at the centre of large scale financial transactions. Prior to founding Information Venture Partners Dave worked as an investor with RBC Venture Partners from 2001.

March 22, 2018

6:00 – 8:00pm

Banting Institute room 150 (ground floor)
100 College Street
Toronto, ON
M5G 1L5

Intrapreneurship: Be an innovator without founding a startup

THE PARTICIPANTS: Those who want to see how to be an innovator without necessarily being a startup founder. Attend Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations to learn how to innovate and make an impact as an employee within both growing startups and large corporations.

THE FORMAT: A moderated panel of 3 employees from different sized companies will introduce intrapreneurship, conversing with each other and the audience. We will have online polling and questions during the first hour as well as a networking session during the second hour of the event will ensure attendees engage with the panel.

THE PANELLISTS: TBA

“To be honest, I had never given entrepreneurship that much thought earlier on. This event put things into perspective for me, and I realized that it certainly might be an option in the future. The idea of innovating something and putting it out there really appeals to me.”

Sakshi Khanna

FOURTH-YEAR BOOK AND MEDIA STUDIES STUDENT

Past Events

January 25, 2018

6:00 – 8:00pm

Banting Institute room 150 (ground floor)
100 College Street
Toronto, ON
M5G 1L5

Digital Marketing: Using social media and other online strategies to spread the word about yourself and your business.

THE PANELLISTS: 

Ashlee Froese

Froese Law

Erin Bury

Eighty-Eight

Michael Seaton

Level C Digital

October 5, 2017
6:00 – 8:00pm

Medical Sciences Building
Room 2158
1 King’s College Circle
University of Toronto

Is my idea any good? A conversation on conceiving, assessing, and pivoting business ideas.

 


THE PANELLISTS:

Arjun Mali

iMerciv

Scott McAuley

Lunanos Inc.

Diane Lai

Diane Lai for Soft Skin

September 28, 2017
6:00 – 8:00pm

Medical Sciences Building
Room 2158
1 King’s College Circle
University of Toronto

Is my idea any good? A conversation on conceiving, assessing, and pivoting business ideas.



THE PANELLISTS:

Mayrose Salvador

Pueblo Science

Ian Adamson

Greenbelt Microgreens

Morgan Wyatt

Greenlid Envirosciences

September 21, 2017
6:00 – 8:00pm

Medical Sciences Building
Room 2158
1 King’s College Circle
University of Toronto

Entrepreneur or employee? A conversation on the realities of working for yourself and working for others.


THE PANELLISTS:

Nat Korol

Hyphen Co.

Sam Dumcum

ICUBE, University of Toronto Mississauga

Fotini Iconomopoulos

Forward Focusing

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