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Sep
28
Mon
MentorMondays
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Join Diego Cortes, in a drop-in session to talk about challenges, ask questions, and share your experiences in using digital marketing.

About this Event

EDGE Mentor, Diego Cortes, is hosting this drop-in session to talk about challenges, ask questions, and share your experiences in using digital marketing to attract your key target audience.

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

Featured Guest

Diego Cortes

In 2015, Diego Cortes founded and operated Lean Media, a digital marketing agency where he worked with clients across different industries such as real state and e-commerce. Currently, he is the Mentorship Program Lead at EDGE, President at Enactus Sheridan, and supports as an advisor for a mental health startup, LinkMentalHealth.

Oct
1
Thu
IRP Grant Writing Working Group 2
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for our webinar series on Fundraising Strategies & Grant Writing to help you develop a competitive funding application.

About this Event

EDGE in collaboration with Afro Caribbean Business Network (ACBN Canada) is pleased to host a two-part webinar series by Dr. Bethany Osborne on fundraising strategies and grant writing. You will learn elements of an effective funding strategy, how to tell a compelling story; the key elements of writing a grant proposal; and tips on developing strong workplans and budgets. We are also pleased to host two complementary working group sessions for participants working on their Investment Readiness Program applications.

Part 1 (September 17): 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

Part 2 (September 24): 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

 

Part 1 (September 23): Investment Readiness Program Grant Writing Working Group: Focus on Telling a Compelling Story

You will:

• Bring your core narrative for telling a compelling story worksheet provided in webinar 1 for feedback

• Discuss strategies for making your application stronger

Part 2 (October 1): Investment Readiness Program Grant Writing Working Group: Work Plan and Budget

You will:

 Discuss workplan development and creating a budget

• Discuss strategies for making your application stronger

 

PLEASE NOTE: You are encouraged to attend the webinars and working groups for a robust exploration of practices and strategies with a focus on the Investment Readiness Program funding application. You will need to register for each date separately.

This session is open to:

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

Featured Guest:

Dr. Bethany Osborne

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.

Ryan Knight

Ryan O’Neil Knight is a serial social entrepreneur, who is passionate about building inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities using social enterprise as a tool. He is the founder of Detailing Knights and ACBN Canada. Detailing Knights is a B-Corp Certified waterless mobile car cleaning company that uses a student franchising model to teach entrepreneurship to local at-risk youth. ACBN Canada holds monthly networking events and business-building workshops to help solidify the foundation of local minority-owned businesses to ensure they are sustainable and continue to grow.

Oct
5
Mon
MentorMondays
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Coming Soon

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

Oct
6
Tue
Breakfast for Champions
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

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

Oct
7
Wed
Evaluating the Impact of Your Social Enterprise
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join this two-part webinar to learn the basic tools you need to help evaluate your venture’s social and economic impact.

About this Event

Join Dr. Marlene Santin to learn about the basic tools you need to help analyze your venture’s social and economic impact. Whether you are a non-profit social enterprise, registered charity, co-operative or a for-profit social purpose venture, most stakeholders and funders are keen to see and understand your impact. Come learn about a comprehensive evaluation and measurement process to help answer such important questions as: To what extent does my 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?

These two-part interactive webinars are for entrepreneurs who need to plan an evaluation and measurement framework but don’t know where to start. Through presentation and interactive activities, these webinars will give you practical skills and opportunities to work with basic evaluation concepts. You are encouraged to bring a current or past initiative or program that needs to be evaluated in order to participate in workshop activities.

Part 1 (October 7) – 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

Part 2 (October 14) – You will:

  • Continue to deepen understanding of the basic steps in conducting an evaluation
  • Continue to deepen understanding of identifying key indicators and measures to get to results
  • Create a program-specific logic model

PLEASE NOTE: You are encouraged to attend both webinars for a robust exploration of practices and strategies. You will need to register for each date separately.

Featured guest:

Marlene Santin

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.

Oct
8
Thu
Market Research Challenge
Oct 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

This information session will further your knowledge about primary and secondary research to validate your business idea.

About this Event

Are you an early-stage venture or do you have a business or social enterprise idea? Are you ready for a market research challenge that will enhance your research skills? Join EDGE in a workshop with Claire Wollen, Liaison Librarian at Sheridan’s Pilon School of Business to receive practical tips about your research process.

This research challenge is designed to help you take the first steps in testing your idea.

During the session, you will get the chance to complete primary and secondary research in a fun and engaging way. You will be navigating different types of open-source databases and gaining experience on Sheridan’s Entrepreneurship Library Guides.

 

We will answer questions such as:

  • How do I go about starting market research?
  • What are the different startup resources available in Canada?
  • How can I gather more information about my competition?
  • What kind of data should I even be looking for? What is relevant?

Who Should Attend:

This session is designed for anyone interested in learning more about entrepreneurship and change-making through the power of market research.

Through the session you will:

  • Develop your market research skills by conducting primary and secondary research
  • Explore a diverse set of research and entrepreneurship databases
  • Discover industry-specific databases relating to statistics, demographics and competition
  • Get Introduced to different tools like Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas and more

Featured Guest

Claire Wollen

Claire Wollen‘s career history has included roles as librarian and manager at the Toronto Reference Library, Manager of Licensing & Product Development for Toronto Star newspapers, and business librarian at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. At Sheridan College, Claire has been the Pilon School of Business Liaison Librarian for the past six years, but is currently the Integrated Learning Services Librarian, working on projects with Career Integrated Learning, and supporting EDGE clients with research assistance.

Claire is a member of Sheridan’s Research Data Management Steering Group, and Sheridan’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI – a partnership between post-secondary institutions and Statistics Canada for improving access to Canadian data ) contact. She also represents Ontario’s college and universities on Statistics Canada’s DLI External Advisory Board. Claire loves helping students, faculty, staff and EDGE clients to discover the wide range of online research resources available in the library and for free on the web, and how to search for, find and uncover information like a librarian!

Oct
14
Wed
Evaluating the Impact of Your Social Enterprise
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join this two-part webinar to learn the basic tools you need to help evaluate your venture’s social and economic impact.

About this Event

Join Dr. Marlene Santin to learn about the basic tools you need to help analyze your venture’s social and economic impact. Whether you are a non-profit social enterprise, registered charity, co-operative or a for-profit social purpose venture, most stakeholders and funders are keen to see and understand your impact. Come learn about a comprehensive evaluation and measurement process to help answer such important questions as: To what extent does my 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?

These two-part interactive webinars are for entrepreneurs who need to plan an evaluation and measurement framework but don’t know where to start. Through presentation and interactive activities, these webinars will give you practical skills and opportunities to work with basic evaluation concepts. You are encouraged to bring a current or past initiative or program that needs to be evaluated in order to participate in workshop activities.

Part 1 (October 7) – 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

Part 2 (October 14) – You will:

  • Continue to deepen understanding of the basic steps in conducting an evaluation
  • Continue to deepen understanding of identifying key indicators and measures to get to results
  • Create a program-specific logic model

PLEASE NOTE: You are encouraged to attend both webinars for a robust exploration of practices and strategies. You will need to register for each date separately.

Featured guest:

Marlene Santin

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.

Oct
19
Mon
MentorMondays
Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Coming Soon

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

Oct
21
Wed
TUNEUP: Pitching to Investors Info Session
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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

Oct
26
Mon
MentorMondays
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Coming Soon

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