Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations

Think you may be an entrepreneur?

Attend this live-only experience with real entrepreneurs.

Be inspired by real-life stories of hard work and success.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 PARTICIPANTS: Those curious about finding out if their business idea is any good.

THE FORMAT: A moderated panel of 3 diverse entrepreneurs introduces and discusses a particular topic, 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:

Arjun Mali

iMerciv

Arjun Mali is the Co-Founder and C.O.O of iMerciv. In 2014, Arjun was approached by his long-term friend Bin Liu asking him if he wanted to build a business in the vision and assistive device realm. Bin’s father had been diagnosed with inoperable glaucoma, a disease where vision-loss was inevitable and since Arjun had grown up helping out at a school & orphanage for the blind in India, there was no question he wanted to be involved. iMerciv is the maker of the BuzzClip, a small and discreet wearable for people living with blindness or partial sight. The device detects obstacles that may lie directly in one’s path and then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may encounter.

Scott McAuley

Lunanos Inc.

Co-founder, graduate student, and educator, Scott McAuley’s interest in reducing the impact of infectious diseases has led him down a number of paths. He is the co-founder of Lunanos Inc., a company dedicated to reducing the rates of healthcare associated infection. The company is developing a product to track cleaning of mobile equipment and high-touch surfaces in medical facilities. He is also a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department of Biochemistry where he is investigating new molecules as potential antibiotics. 

Diane Lai

Diane Lai for Soft Skin

Diane is a self-starter and proven natural leader with global product and marketing experience. She utilizes creativity, leadership and teamwork to design and execute strategies that create customer value. Diane has helped both small and large organizations recognize their entrepreneurial spirit and take new products and services to market. Diane began her career in the United Kingdom at Vodafone and returned to North America in 1996 to work for Entrata Communications in San Diego California. In 2010, Diane started an organic skincare company when her son developed severe allergies. Diane currently sits on the board of Sulliden Mining Capital, Aguia Resources and the Flato Markham Theatre. Diane attended the University of Waterloo and completed her MBA at Kellogg School of Management in Chicago Illinois in 2004.

PAST EVENTS

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 PARTICIPANTS: Those curious about working for themselves or working for others.

THE FORMAT: A moderated panel of 3 diverse entrepreneurs introduces and discusses a particular topic, conversing with each other and the audience.
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:

Nat Korol

Hyphen Co.

Nat Korol is a natural communicator and marketer whose 10-year career in the financial and media industries with national and international companies including BMO Nesbitt Burns, Raymond James and CNW, led to her ultimate professional interest in value-driven marketing. As the founding partner of Hyphen Co., Nat and her team partners with clients to design and execute relationship centric digital experiences that deliver results. Nat innately understand the power of paying her skills forward to build communities and engage youth with charitable and entrepreneurial programs. Of note is her work with the SickKids Foundation, through founding Fashion Heals for SickKids, helping to launch Activators, a nation-wide young professionals initiative at SickKids Foundation, and contributing to various other initiatives.

Sam Dumcum

ICUBE, University of Toronto Mississauga

Always shooting for the stars, Sam Dumcum’s entrepreneurship journey went from top chocolate bar salesman in the fourth grade to co-founder of a digital marketing firm generating over $120k per month in new, recurring revenue for clients, while losing almost a quarter million along the way (OUCH!). Using lessons learned (the hard way) Sam now trains and champions startups at UofT Mississauga as the Program Lead at ICUBE UTM, the on-campus accelerator and is a sessional instructor of future marketers.  Sam’s startup grit is gained from experience as a US Marine veteran and 28-year Blue Jay fan.

Fotini Iconomopoulos

Forward Focusing

Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, it was natural for Fotini to pursue a career in business. Following a decade of owning small retail businesses, Fotini refined her skills in the consumer packaged goods industry before starting management consulting. After creating a successful negotiation advisory practice for another global firm her passion for helping people pushed her to branch off on her own. Today business executives partner with her to achieve their business goals using her expertise in negotiation and communication to build strategies and train their teams to improve negotiation performance. Starting her company has also allowed her to spend time on various non-profit projects as well teaching MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business.

September 28, 2017
6:00 – 8:00pm

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

Social entrepreneurship: A conversation on harnessing the power of business for social good.


THE PARTICIPANTS:
Those curious about starting and running a business that will have a positive societal impact.

THE FORMAT: A moderated panel of 3 diverse entrepreneurs introduces and discusses a particular topic, conversing with each other and the audience. We will feature 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:

Mayrose Salvador

Pueblo Science

Mayrose received her B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of the Philippines and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Toronto. She is a co-founder and the current executive director of Pueblo Science. She has dedicated her career to engaging and inspiring youth to pursue a life-long interest in science and engineering. Through her leadership, Pueblo Science has grown from an idea in 2010 to having impacted nearly 3,000 teachers and 250,000 students in Canada and in remote communities of the Philippines, Thailand, Guyana, India, and Bolivia and Jamaica as of 2017.

Ian Adamson

Greenbelt Microgreens

Ian has 20 years experience as an operator, grower, and owner of a greenhouse business. Greenbelt Microgreens, founded in 2010, is a leading organic greenhouse grower in Canada. The company has designed and developed proprietary microgreen equipment for seeding, soil mixing, harvesting, and other areas. Due to these innovations, Greenbelt Microgreens has become one of the world’s largest growers and retailers of microgreens.

 

Morgan Wyatt

Greenlid Envirosciences

Morgan obtained his Hon. B.Sc. from University of Toronto in pharmaceutical chemistry and then went on to complete a PhD in chemical biology at McMaster University. He is the co-founder and CEO of Greenlid Envirosciences that has developed a bio-based chemical formulation that makes moulded paper pulp water resistant. The company has commercialized this technology into products like Greenlid, the world’s first fully compostable food waste bin that is now available across North America, and Biotraps, a biodegradable mosquito trap that is deployed in over 10 countries to combat mosquito-borne illness, which were used to protect Canadian athletes during the Rio Olympics.

“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

ABOUT ENTREPRENEURSHIP 100

Entrepreneurship isn’t about sitting back and watching TED talks. It’s about putting yourself out there and getting it done. You can join our interactive conversations to learn about transforming ideas into successful businesses and who can help you along the way. Entrepreneurship 100 is a live-only experience 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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