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Aug
17
Mon
MentorMondays
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for an online group mentoring session where we will discuss different revenue models to help entrepreneurs scale their business.

About this Event

MentorMondays is a series of online group mentoring sessions, hosted by EDGE mentors to support your startup development journey and strengthen your connections within EDGE and the start-up community.

This session will be hosted by EDGE’s Business Development Lead and Mentor-In-Residence Lisa Kember-Mariano. She will explore the different types of revenue models and explain why it’s essential to select the right revenue strategies to support your venture’s financial business objectives.

Featured Guest

About Lisa

Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, Lisa started her own business at the age of eight. With over 25 years of experience, Lisa is both a serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur. She has founded several ventures and extensively coaches entrepreneurs by sharing learnings from her success and failures. She also held leadership positions in communications, marketing, business development and sales across several organizations.

She is currently the Business Development Lead at EDGE, an agency growth coach at The Thriving Agency, a business coach and facilitator at The Alternative Board and one of the partners of Business Leaders Growth Group, a professional training and coaching company.

Her expertise lies in helping entrepreneurs and business owners build scalable organizations through operational efficiency, people development, and revenue growth.

Aug
19
Wed
Balancing Your 3 Ms Towards a Sustainable Social Venture
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join to explore how as an impact ventures you can balance a commitment to mission, margin and market relevance with sustainability.

About this Event

EDGE is pleased to host this webinar with Steve Boone on the 3 Ms of running a sustainable social venture – mission, margin and market relevance. Social enterprises and mission-driven ventures are emerging as a key contributor to building and maintaining safe, healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities. Regardless of venture size or budget, the main challenge social entrepreneurs face is Skillfully balancing a commitment to your mission and community, with fiscal sustainability.

In this session you will:

  • Define the 3 Ms of a social venture – Mission, Margin and Market Relevance
  • Explore the importance of mission, vision and values in articulating your venture or organization’s ‘unique value proposition’
  • Examine sustainability through a program, product and service design/delivery, financial and market lens
  • Identify the early warning signals leading to venture or organizational vulnerability
  • Strategies for using proactive planning to drive decision-making and long-term sustainability

This session is open to:

  • General public
  • Sheridan students, faculty and staff
  • EDGE members

Featured Guest: Steve Boone

Steve Boone’s 40-year career within 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. Nationally and internationally, Steve’s in-depth knowledge of YMCA operations and governance combined with his passion for the YMCA mission have led to his advice and support being regularly sought after by associations throughout the YMCA Network

Prior to retiring, Steve was the Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of Greater Toronto; skillfully balancing its commitment to providing M=mission-based programs and services, while being fiscally sustainable and relevant to the communities it serves.

Steve currently operates his own management consulting firm specializing in assisting the charitable not-for-profit sector with the same level of strategic guidance that served him well throughout his career in the YMCA Federation. He is also a very proud volunteer serving on the Board of Governors at Sheridan College, where over the last six years his involvement has included Chairing the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, Governance Committee, Finance, Audit and Property Committee as well as serving as Board Chair and most recently Past Chair. Steve is also an independent Teaching Consultant with Link to Life Seminars Inc, presenting Emergency First Aid, CPR, and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) courses to clients in the Greater Toronto area.

Aug
20
Thu
TUNEUP: Funding Sources Info Session
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please note: this session is only available for EDGE members.

Join us to hear from a panel of experts on the various types of funding options available to startups and how they can support your venture.

About this Event

Are you an early-stage venture seeking to get a better understanding of the various funding sources available for your business? Join EDGE in a panel with representatives from Checkmate CaptialSpark Angels and more. Each panellist will share practical advice on the different funding opportunities that align with your venture. They will also go over the various services they offer their customers on a regular basis.

During this session we will answer questions like:

  • How can I become connected with funding sources?
  • What are the different funding opportunities for my venture?
  • What are the benefits and downsides of each funding opportunity?
  • What funding path should I choose to ensure financial success in the long-term?

Agenda

  • 2:00 – 2:15 – Welcome & introductions
  • 2:15 – 3:30 – Panelist presentations (10mins each) & moderated discussion
  • 3:30 – 3:50 – Q & A
  • 3:50 – 4:00 – Wrap up and EDGE announcements

Who Should Attend:

Early-stage ventures seeking information about different funding sources

During this session you will:

  • Gather insights from professionals about available funding sources
  • Have an opportunity to ask questions about your specific venture situation
  • Meet like-minded entrepreneurs and changemakers who can share in their wins and challenges

Featured Guests

Dennis Zaidi

Dennis Zaidi is Managing Director of Checkmate Capital. Mr. Zaidi is also a seasoned entrepreneur and currently advises a diverse portfolio of startups on matters related to corporate finance and capital structure. Mr. Zaidi is an official advisor to the Holt Accelerator and Lozard Institute Startup Incubator. Prior to joining Checkmate, Mr. Zaidi was the architect of three successful exits including his work as managing partner of Balsam Lake Green Energy, a 6MW solar energy facility in Ontario, Canada that was developed then sold to Panasonic sponsored private equity firm Coronal Group. Mr. Zaidi is a passionate live long learner with executive education at Harvard Business School (Negotiation Mastery), Oxford’s Saïd Business School (Fintech) as well as recently completing an Executive Master’s degree (MSc) from HEC Paris in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, currently ranked the #1 business school in the world for executive education.

Kristen Marumoto

Kristen Marumoto is the Operations Manager at Spark Angel Network located in the Durham Region. She fell in love with supporting entrepreneurship since working at a wearable tech start-up in Toronto. Wanting to be closer to home in Durham, Kristen got involved with the local innovation organizations before settling in at Spark. This has given her the ability to understand an entrepreneurs’ needs, and often the mechanics that go behind raising capital…something that every entrepreneur needs to consider when they start their venture.

PLEASE NOTE:

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

If you require any accommodations to register or to ensure your full participation in this event, please let us know at edge.programs@sheridancollege.ca

Aug
24
Mon
Explore Entrepreneurship with BEC & EDGE
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us and the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre to get a sneak peek of an upcoming video series that will help you launch your startup idea!

About this Event

This webinar will introduce our upcoming video series developed in collaboration with the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre (BEC). We’ll provide a sneak peek of the first video in the series, discuss why we’re launching the videos, who it’s for and how you can get valuable information to help you build your startup!

If you’re wondering what your first steps are to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey, this is the webinar for you. Feel free to come with specific questions for the presenters and we’ll answer them during the Question & Answer period.

An exciting announcement about the video series will also be made so be sure to tune in for the surprise!

You will:

  • Learn how you can access the video series on how to take your startup ideas to success.
  • Meet and network with representatives from BEC and EDGE who have the experience and knowledge to support your entrepreneurial journey.
  • Get answers to your specific questions about how you can make your startup ideas real.

SESSION FACILITATORS

Jennifer Vivian

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience working in Economic Development in the municipal sector and is known for her energy, optimism and strong belief in pursuing the things you are most passionate about. She has spent her career consulting with entrepreneurs to develop comprehensive business support services to further their goals and navigate the waters of entrepreneurship. She feels it’s crucial to surround entrepreneurs with a great team of professionals and provide them with programming to enable their success. For her, there is nothing more rewarding than helping entrepreneurs to explore their passion and contributing to the economic growth in Brampton.

John Lam

John started his entrepreneurship journey as an undergraduate and master’s student at University of Waterloo. Two startups later, he changed course and moved towards mentoring and coaching other entrepreneurs. John has helped numerous entrepreneurs grow their startup ideas through teaching entrepreneurship at Wilfrid Laurier University, and managing the incubators of University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. John’s journey also took him to many entrepreneurship and innovation centres around the world to learn about entrepreneurship from outside of Canada. Some notable places include San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand. John is currently the Entrepreneurship Lead for EDGE in Brampton’s Davis Campus.

Aug
26
Wed
Build Better: Social Enterprise Monthly Member Meet Up
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please note: this session is only available for EDGE members.

Join us with your afternoon beverage for community, support and meaningful connections!

About this Event

The Build Better: Social Enterprise Monthly Member Meet Up is an opportunity to explore social innovation, meet other social entrepreneurs in the EDGE community and have impactful conversations about topics to help you build your social impact venture. This month we are delighted to have special guest, social entrepreneur and tea sommelier Sheena Brady, Founder and CEO of e-commerce company Tease Tea and Founder of Founders Fund. Join us for an informal and interactive session moderated by EDGE member, Maya Saggar (Founder of LCI Movement) and an opportunity to hear Sheena’s entrepreneurial journey of launching a social enterprise, running, funding and growing an e-commerce company and why she launched The Founders Fund.

Featured guests:

Sheena Brady, Founder Tease Tea & The Founders Fund

Sheena Brady is an award-winning, serial social entrepreneur & professional Tea Sommelier. Established in 2013, Sheena is the founder and CEO of the e-commerce company, Tease Tea, an all-natural and sustainably sourced loose-leaf tea company based in Ottawa, Canada that gives back to programs that empower women. Today, she has grown this side hustle into a 7-figure company that serves customers in over 30 countries around the world while working in leadership at Shopify. Through their giveback program, Tease Tea has contributed over $150,000 in product and financial support to date, including their very own Founders Fund program, with a mission to elevate women identifying entrepreneurs. The Founders Fund has since grown into its own social enterprise as Canada’s first tech company & digital growth accelerator that provides women with access to funding, mentorship and resources to grow their businesses.

Maya Saggar (Founder, LCI Movement, EDGE member and session Moderator)

Maya Saggar is a mover, creator and educator, with years of teaching and entrepreneurial experience. Maya holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Pedagogy from the University of Toronto. Utilizing her career and educational experience, Maya launched her company LCI Movement, a movement education company that brings dance, physical activity and creativity into the classroom and the home through various programs and products.

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a free event. Spots are limited and open to EDGE members only. Register now to save your spot!

If you require any accommodations to register or to ensure your full participation in this event, please let us know at edge.programs@sheridancollege.ca

Sep
14
Mon
MentorMondays
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Coming Soon

We’re currently working on this session, so stay tuned for more updates!

Sep
15
Tue
Social Enterprise 101
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

We’re currently working on this session, so stay tuned for more updates!

Sep
16
Wed
That’s the Idea!
Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We’re currently working on this session, so stay tuned for more updates!

Sep
17
Thu
Part 1: Fundraising Strategies & Grant Writing Workshop
Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

We’re currently working on this session, so stay tuned for more updates!

Sep
21
Mon
MentorMondays
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Coming Soon

We’re currently working on this session, so stay tuned for more updates!