About this Event
Running a business all on your own is a trying task, let the mentor’s at EDGE help. This session is an opportunity for you to connect with our Mentor-in-Residence to measure your venture progress and help steer your startup in the right direction.
Who can attend:
All Explore members are welcome
Required for Explore members, If you are looking to graduate from Explore into the Leap program, you must attend two of these sessions
During this session you will:
- Receive guidance for your startup activities
- Discuss entrepreneurial concepts and findings
- Gain insights for developing your idea
June 16th – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Host: John Lam
July 21st – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Host: Diego Cortes
August 18th – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Host: Chris-Beth Cowie
September 22nd – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Host: John Lam
October 20th – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Host: Diego Cortes
November 17th – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Host: Chris-Beth Cowie
December 15th – 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Host: John Lam
Meet our Mentors
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.
Areas of expertise:
- Entrepreneurship Process
- Pitching to investors
- Social innovation
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 leads the mentorship program at EDGE and works as the Product Marketing Manager at a mental health startup, LinkMentalHealth.
Areas of Expertise:
- Product/Service Validation
- Content Marketing
- Lead & Customer Acquisition Marketing.
Chris-Beth is a leading social impactor, mentor, speaker, entrepreneurship instructor-business advisor; whose mantra, Make a Difference. A social entrepreneur for over 7 years and cofounder of 2 companies and 1 non profit, that mantra has fueled the energy and inspiration behind her on-going work in various social and entrepreneurial initiatives. Her organization, Empowered 4x, Chris-Beth empowers and supports aspiring and established entrepreneurs of all ages to get started by sowing the seed, committing to the process, taking action, and reaping the compounding results.
Areas of Expertise:
- Strategic Planning
- Training & Program Development
- Value Propositions
- Leadership Development