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Inspiring, Enabling, and Supporting Student Entrepreneurship
During the academic year, we gather a panel of entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds to converse with each other—and the audience—about the realities of running a startup company. E100 is a free, public event targeted at students and recent graduates without a business background looking to learn more about starting a company. The series allows beginners to learn from and be inspired by relatable founders in an unintimidating environment. Visit https://www.impactcentre.ca/e100.
Igniting Impact inspires graduate students in the sciences and engineering to use their education, research, and expertise to build a company that benefits society. At themed challenge events, Impact Centre mentors work with students to identify what societal problems are aligned with their skillset and passions then brainstorm technological and business solutions for those issues. The event culminates with a pitch event where finalists are given an opportunity to share their ideas and compete for a cash prize to jumpstart their venture. Visit https://www.impactcentre.ca/ignite.
Techno is Impact Centre’s flagship entrepreneurship training course and is targeted at the top science and engineering students in Canada and around the world. Techno introduces students to the skills, attitudes, and networks necessary to create scalable technology-based startups that benefits society. The summer training week is an opportunity assessment program that helps students answer whether their ideas can be turned into a product and whether it is aligned with a market need. Visit http://impactcentre.ca/techno.
Selected students who complete our Techno training course are invited to join our incubation program. Companies are supported with one-on-one business and technical mentorship, year-round training opportunities and events, assistance with fundraising, and access to our incubation space in downtown Toronto. In addition to office and meeting space, the incubator has equipment and laboratory space on-site that gets startups to their prototypes and beyond. Our team of scientists and engineers are available to provide technical training, expertise, and guidance.