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Feb
24
Mon
Look Before You Leap: Put Your Entrepreneurial Idea to the Test @ EDGE Hub, Room B290 - Sheridan HMC
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

You think you have a good business or social enterprise idea, but how can you be sure? Before you spend time and money developing a product or service, learn how to test your idea and build on a solid foundation.

This Explore Lab will help you:

  • Clarify the problem you want to solve and why it is important.
  • Understand how to define and effectively articulate what makes your product or service stand out.
  • Explore tools and processes to test your value proposition with potential or existing customers.

Join EDGE mentors and fellow aspiring entrepreneurs to get feedback on your work and have your questions answered. You’ll also be able to network, make connections and brainstorm with like-minded colleagues on how to turn your ideas into action.

This lab involves pre-session work that we’ll send your way once you register.


EDGE Explore Program Members have advanced registration. If you’re not an EDGE member and you see tickets available above, please feel free to join us!


PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event. Seats are limited. Register now to save your spot!

Paid parking is available on campus.

Light food and refreshments will be served.

MEDIA CONSENT: Photographs and video recordings may be taken at this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please speak to one of the organizers at the Registration Desk


Map to B290:

Map of EDGE Hub in Room B290

Feb
25
Tue
Advisors Without Borders @ Sheridan - Davis Campus H Wing Desk
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

EDGE Startup Advisors are coming to you! Drop by our mobile meeting room to discuss your startup or social enterprise ideas. Learn about entrepreneurship and how to get an idea off the ground with this free consultation from an experienced advisor!

Mapping Social Enterprise Ecosystems @ Sheridan College - Hazel McCallion Campus, Room A233
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

“How do we turn our collective full-bodied attention toward collaboration, if that is the way we will survive?”—Adrienne Maree Brown, author of Emergent Strategy

The term “ecosystem” was originally used in environmental fields to describe an entire system of living organisms plus abiotic factors (such as air, water and minerals) that occupy a particular space and interact to ensure its ability to flourish, despite barriers and forces outside of its control.

Today, we also use the word ecosystem to describe a system of relationships related to the advancement or sustainability of an idea, project or entire enterprises.

Becoming intentional about mapping and engaging your enterprise or personal ecosystem is the key towards maximizing impact and establishing visibility, career sustainability and financial resilience. Ecosystem mapping will also help you identify non-obvious collaboration, partnership and leverage opportunities.

In collaboration with Eve-Volution Inc.EDGE invites you to an interactive workshop where you will:

  • Explore what enterprise ecosystems are and why enterprise mapping is important
  • Map out your current ecosystem and identify gaps
  • Develop strategies and ideas to address the gaps
  • Define “triple plays” and learn how to identify them
  • Learn about core feminist practices and ideas about ecosystem management
  • Connect with amazing, like-minded individuals


Facilitator: Petra Kassun-Mutch

Petra Mutch

Petra Mutch is capacity builder, former President of a multi-national, publicly-traded publishing company, and award-winning former food processing entrepreneur and sustainable design innovator who is deeply committed to creating a more inclusive, just, human-centred and generative economy through the power of feminist business practice, pedagogy, theory, innovation and entrepreneurship. Mutch is the founder and acting publisher of LiisBeth magazine which serves as the voice for the growing, 10,000+ all gender, entrepreneurial feminist community. Mutch is also the founder of Eve-volution Inc (2014), a B-Corp certified, collective which advocates for increased support for women-led and community-based incubators and accelerator programs as an important part of Canada’s innovation strategy.

Mutch is the Executive Entrepreneur in Residence for The Canadian Film Centre’s Fifth Wave Accelerator Program for women in digital media (first feminist accelerator in Canada), a certified Growth Wheel coach and a Feminist Business Model Canvas Master Coach. Mutch holds an EMBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. In 2010, her dairy was awarded the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation and GFTC’s Sustainable Company award. She is a co-founder and co-producer of the Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum—an educational, collaboration and resilience-crafting conference for entrepreneurial feminists of all genders. Mutch also teaches entrepreneurship to youth with mental health and addiction challenges at Rise Asset Development and at the Elizabeth Fry Society. Her work was recently recognized in the Canada 150 Women: Conversations with Leaders, Champions and Luminaries book which was published November 2017. Mutch was recognized as one of Canada’s Inspiring 50 women in April 2018.

Mutch has a 19-year-old daughter, a cat and a musician as a life partner.


PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event. Seats are limited. Register now to save your spot!

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Paid parking is available on campus.

MEDIA CONSENT: Photographs and video recordings may be taken at this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please speak to one of the organizers at the Registration Desk.


Directions to A223:

If you come into the A-building from the South Municipal Lot you will take the stairs  or elevator up one level and follow the signs to A223.

Elevators can be found on the main floor of the A building near all major entrances.

If you need assistance finding the room, please visit EDGE or contact 905-845-9430×8291.


MAP OF LOCATION WITH PARKING

Feb
27
Thu
Evaluating Impact of Your Social Enterprise @ Sheridan College - Hazel McCallion Campus, Room B270
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Are you a social entrepreneur who wants to strengthen your programs? Do you want to learn the basics of program evaluation?

Impact measurement provides social entrepreneurs with tools to analyze the social and economic impact of their ventures. Whether you are a non-profit social enterprise, registered charity, or a for-profit social purpose venture, most stakeholders are keen to see your impact. Funding bodies require an evaluation component as part of the granting process, including program effectiveness and value for money. Many organizations find impact measurement challenging and time-consuming, with limited resources to devote to evaluation. A comprehensive evaluation and measurement process involves asking important questions such as: To what extent does the venture achieve its goals? What needs to be improved? What difference are we making with the work that we do? Are the results worth the costs?

This hands-on workshop is for people who need to plan an evaluation and measurement but don’t know where to start. Participants will learn strategies to plan evaluations tailored to their venture. Through presentation, interactive activities and small-group work, this workshop will give you practical skills and opportunities to work with basic evaluation concepts. Participants are encouraged to bring a current or past initiative or program that needs to be evaluated in order to participate in workshop activities.

You will:

  • Understand the different types of evaluation that exist
  • Understand the basic steps in conducting an evaluation
  • Develop evaluation questions that will generate useful information
  • Identify key indicators and measures to get to results
  • Create a program-specific logic model

Our Facilitators:

Dr. Marlene Santin is a full-time faculty member in the School of Public Safety at Sheridan College, where she teaches a number of research courses in the Bachelor of Community Safety Degree Program. In addition to her teaching career, she has held senior policy and research positions with the Government of Ontario, working on a range of issues, including the rights of crime victims and social welfare. Through her work at the Ministry of the Attorney General, she has practical experience in applied program evaluation leading the design of performance measurement frameworks to evaluate outcomes for a number of government programs, including Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, the Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims Program, the Partner Assault Response Program and Sexual Assault Centre’s. In addition, she also developed the program guidelines for the Online Training Initiative to Address Human Trafficking in Ontario. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at McMaster University, where her research examined the economic, political, social and legal causes of the abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade.

Dr. Paul Hommersen is a full-time faculty member in the School of Public Safety at Sheridan College, where he is the coordinator for the Bachelor of Community Safety program. Additionally, he teaches a number of psychology and research courses in the Bachelor of Community Safety Degree Program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2008, and has been a registered psychologist in the areas of Clinical and Forensic Psychology since that time. He currently also works with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel/Halton in both delivery of services to their clients and in working with them for staff development and training.

 


 

Visiting Mentor:

Steve Boone’s 40-year career with the YMCA federation has spanned a wide range of roles, associations, and accomplishments – both in Canada and internationally. He has brought knowledge and passion to accomplishments that include: leading a number of YMCA associations through significant organizational change, providing leadership to a major Asset Development Strategy, and providing strategic guidance and support to Senior Leadership and Boards of Directors of partner YMCAs in Ghana, Liberia, and Senegal along with many YMCAs throughout Ontario. Steve brings considerable knowledge and expertise in the skillful balance of an organization’s commitment to providing Mission-based programs and services while being fiscally responsible and relevant to the communities it serves. Something he describes as the 3Ms to sustainability within the Charitable/Not for Profit sector (Mission/ Margin/ Market Relevance).

Steve is currently acting as Past Chair of the Board of Governors of Sheridan College.

 


 

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event. Seats are limited. Register now to save your spot!

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Paid parking is available on campus.

MEDIA CONSENT: Photographs and video recordings may be taken at this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please speak to one of the organizers at the Registration Desk

Directions to B270:

If you come into the B-building from the North Municipal Lot you will take the orange stairs up one level and turn right. Walk straight towards the hallway but turn right just after the staircase. And follow the signs to room B270.

Elevators can be found to the left and down the hallway behind the orange stairs as you enter through the B-building from the North Municipal Lot. Go to the second floor and follow the directions as noted above.

If you need assistance finding the room, please visit EDGE or contact 905-845-9430×8291.

Mar
3
Tue
Advisors Without Borders @ Sheridan - Davis Campus H Wing Desk
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

EDGE Startup Advisors are coming to you! Drop by our mobile meeting room to discuss your startup or social enterprise ideas. Learn about entrepreneurship and how to get an idea off the ground with this free consultation from an experienced advisor!

That’s the Idea! Kickstart Your Entrepreneurial Journey @ Sheridan College Davis Campus, Room C304
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Evaluate your business idea before taking the plunge

About this Event

People sometimes think a business idea has to arrive like a lightning bolt of brilliance. In reality, generating entrepreneurial ideas is a skill that can be learned. Business or social enterprise ideas come from people who are passionate about a topic, who notice challenges and opportunities in everyday life, and who identify a need in the market or society. You have many great ideas just waiting to be born!

If you’re curious to learn more about entrepreneurship and find an idea you might run with, this workshop is for you! If you’ve had an idea for a while, this is a chance to develop it further.

Through the workshop you will:

  • Discover tools and processes to generate groundbreaking ideas
  • Understand what makes a solid business or social enterprise idea
  • Learn how EDGE can help you turn your idea into a business
  • Have fun and meet like-minded people

This workshop is for those in EDGE’s Explore program as well as Sheridan students and the general public.

Guest Facilitator – Patrice Esson

EDGE is pleased to collaborate with one of Sheridan’s esteemed creativity faculty on That’s the Idea! Patrice Esson is a Professor in Sheridan’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She brings a wealth of experience teaching Creative Leadership and Problem Solving, Leadership and Group Dynamics – key components of Sheridan’s Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving. Patrice has worked as an applied psychologist and holds a Ph. D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her research interests include creativity, work-life balance, work motivation and technology in the workplace.

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event. Seats are limited. Register now to save your spot!

Paid parking is available on campus.

MEDIA CONSENT: Photographs and video recordings may be taken at this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please speak to one of the organizers at the Registration Desk

PARKING & EVENT LOCATION DETAILS:

If you come into the B-building Main entrance walk past the staircases towards the bridge to C Wing. At the end of the bridge you will see a Tim Horton’s to the right . There is elevator access or you can take the staircase beside Tim Horton’s to the 3rd floor where you will find the C Wing. The room is at the end of the hall near the elevator on the opposite side

1. Park in Visitor Parking Lot 3.

2. Enter B Building’s south or main entrance.

3. The event will be located in Room C304

Davis Campus Map

Mar
4
Wed
Market Research Challenge @ HMC - EDGE Hub, Room B290
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

This challenge is designed to help you take the first steps to test your idea. You are welcome to attend if you are:

  • An EDGE member
  • A Sheridan Enactus member
  • A Sheridan student, faculty or staff
  • General public

Are you ready for a market research challenge that will enhance your research skills?

The Market Research Challenge gives you the chance to complete primary and secondary research in a fun and engaging way. You’ll be given research questions to explore the history and relevance of an existing company. You will conquer your fear of talking to strangers, sort through irrelevant data and submit your findings in 2 hours. You will get EDGE swag for your participation and if your findings are correct and timely, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win an EDGE hoodie.

The challenge begins when you register at the EDGE Hub, HMC room B290 any time between 1 pm and 3 pm. See you there!

Through the challenge you will:

  • Conduct primary and secondary research
  • Develop your market research skills
  • Connect with amazing, like-minded individuals
MEDIA CONSENT: Photographs and video recordings may be taken at this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet. By attending any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please speak to one of the organizers at the Registration Desk.

Map to B290:

Map of EDGE Hub in Room B290

Mar
5
Thu
Startup Circuit @ Sheridan - Davis Campus SC1 Atrium
Mar 5 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

EDGE is coming to Brampton – and kicking things off with a pop-up event to help you learn how to start a business!

Drop-in and move through the interactive stations to generate a creative idea and begin building it for real. Close off the circuit by pitching your idea to impress our entrepreneur and business judges – and earn more entries to win a prize!

Power your entrepreneurial journey with EDGE’s Startup Circuit.

Mar
12
Thu
Fundraising Strategies and Grant Writing for Social Enterprise @ Sheridan College - Hazel McCallion Campus, Room B474
Mar 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

THIS IS A THREE SESSION SERIES -YOU MUST REGISTER FOR ALL THREE DATES -AS EACH SESSION BUILDS ON THE OTHER. USE THE ‘SELECT THE DATE’ BUTTON TO BOOK YOUR TICKET FOR EACH SESSION.

You’ve got a great social enterprise idea, project or venture but to take the next step, you need funding. How do you find the right funding source, how do you tell the story in a way that connects with funder priorities, and how do you develop a competitive funding application?

Using a hands-on, experiential approach, participants will embark on a three-workshop journey introducing you to the context and landscape of funding for social enterprises; the elements of developing a funding strategy- including telling a compelling story; and the essential elements of writing a grant proposal, including work plans and budgets. This workshop series will provide you with tips, insights and strategies to achieve success in your funding endeavors.

March 12 Workshop # 1: The Context & Landscape of Social Enterprise Funding in Canada

You will:

  • Learn about the evolving funding context and landscape for social enterprises- both for profit and not-for-profit
  • Understand how to develop and manage relationships with funders
  • Differentiate between different types of funding sources
  • Determine where your project fits in the larger funding context

March 19 Workshop #2: Developing a Funding Strategy: Telling a Compelling Story

You will:

  • Discuss the elements of an effective funding strategy
  • Apply the elements of an effective funding strategy to your own context
  • Identify the different steps to create a strong funding application
  • Identify the different components that make a compelling story
  • Draft components of your funding strategy and project story

April 2 Workshop #3: Writing Funding Applications (Grant Writing 101)

You will:

  • Review the different steps to create a strong funding application
  • Understand the essential components of a work plan and budget
  • Practice step-by-step development of a project specific work plan and budget
  • Leave the session with components needed to create your next funding application

Our Facilitator:

Dr. Bethany Osborne is an innovative community practitioner, educator and researcher with over 20 years of experience building and engaging diverse communities. Over her career, she has worked with diverse organizations, enjoying a key role in supporting community transformation through innovative and creative program and project design, grant writing, and working with community leaders to develop dynamic projects that affect social change.

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event. Seats are limited. Register now to save your spot!

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Paid parking is available on campus.

MEDIA CONSENT: Photographs and video recordings may be taken at this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please speak to one of the organizers at the Registration Desk

Directions to B474:

Elevators can be found to the left and down the hallway behind the orange stairs as you enter through the B-building from the North Municipal Lot. Go up to the 4th floor and follow the signs for room 474.

If you need assistance finding the room, please visit EDGE or contact 905-845-9430 x8291.

Mar
19
Thu
Fundraising Strategies and Grant Writing for Social Enterprise @ Sheridan College - Hazel McCallion Campus, Room B474
Mar 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

THIS IS A THREE SESSION SERIES -YOU MUST REGISTER FOR ALL THREE DATES -AS EACH SESSION BUILDS ON THE OTHER. USE THE ‘SELECT THE DATE’ BUTTON TO BOOK YOUR TICKET FOR EACH SESSION.

You’ve got a great social enterprise idea, project or venture but to take the next step, you need funding. How do you find the right funding source, how do you tell the story in a way that connects with funder priorities, and how do you develop a competitive funding application?

Using a hands-on, experiential approach, participants will embark on a three-workshop journey introducing you to the context and landscape of funding for social enterprises; the elements of developing a funding strategy- including telling a compelling story; and the essential elements of writing a grant proposal, including work plans and budgets. This workshop series will provide you with tips, insights and strategies to achieve success in your funding endeavors.

March 12 Workshop # 1: The Context & Landscape of Social Enterprise Funding in Canada

You will:

  • Learn about the evolving funding context and landscape for social enterprises- both for profit and not-for-profit
  • Understand how to develop and manage relationships with funders
  • Differentiate between different types of funding sources
  • Determine where your project fits in the larger funding context

March 19 Workshop #2: Developing a Funding Strategy: Telling a Compelling Story

You will:

  • Discuss the elements of an effective funding strategy
  • Apply the elements of an effective funding strategy to your own context
  • Identify the different steps to create a strong funding application
  • Identify the different components that make a compelling story
  • Draft components of your funding strategy and project story

April 2 Workshop #3: Writing Funding Applications (Grant Writing 101)

You will:

  • Review the different steps to create a strong funding application
  • Understand the essential components of a work plan and budget
  • Practice step-by-step development of a project specific work plan and budget
  • Leave the session with components needed to create your next funding application

Our Facilitator:

Dr. Bethany Osborne is an innovative community practitioner, educator and researcher with over 20 years of experience building and engaging diverse communities. Over her career, she has worked with diverse organizations, enjoying a key role in supporting community transformation through innovative and creative program and project design, grant writing, and working with community leaders to develop dynamic projects that affect social change.

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event. Seats are limited. Register now to save your spot!

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Paid parking is available on campus.

MEDIA CONSENT: Photographs and video recordings may be taken at this event. Your image may be used in printed and electronic publications for promotional and educational purposes, and may be made available to the media and other third parties, or published on the Internet. By registering for any of our events, you understand and acknowledge that your image may be taken and used at our discretion. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, please speak to one of the organizers at the Registration Desk

Directions to B474:

Elevators can be found to the left and down the hallway behind the orange stairs as you enter through the B-building from the North Municipal Lot. Go up to the 4th floor and follow the signs for room 474.

If you need assistance finding the room, please visit EDGE or contact 905-845-9430 x8291.