Innovative Entrepreneur Certificate

Launched in 2018, YouLaunch presents the opportunity for students or youth aged 18-29 to earn a certification in innovative entrepreneurship. Interested parties must complete the 6 core workshops put on by YouLaunch between September and March of each year. There will be one core workshop per month excluding December. Completion of all 6 workshops will earn you the coveted Innovative Entrepreneur Certificate and everything you need to launch into your business idea! 

Check out below for a variety of resources based on the topics we cover each month. Visit our Events page for the next upcoming workshop details. 

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

Presenter: Rihkee Strapp of the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Contact: RStrapp@oft.ca 

Topic: Idea Lab and Design Thinking

Idea Generation

1. This app Brainstorming Buddy will help you start coming up with new and exciting ideas. 

2. The Non-Technical Founder: How a 16-Year Old Built a Six Figure Software Company Without Writing any Code is a great read to inspire you to start your idea even if you don't have the skill set. 

3. If you attended the workshop click here to add this workshop to your LinkedIn profile. The Certification authority is the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. Leave the license number blank. 

4. Start testing your ideas on the Idea Canvas, this tool helps you piece out everything you will need to make your idea a reality. Download now.

5. Download the Design Thinking worksheets from the workshop to help you establish your idea. Download now.

Date: Friday, October 24, 2018

Presenter: Chris Giantsopoulos, MaRS Discovery District

Contact: giantone@rogers.com

Topic: Value Proposition

Market Research

1. MaRS Discovery District offers a 6 week course to better understand your customers. Take a look at the Customer Development Immersive course now. 

2. The Government of Canada's Business and Industry guide to understanding conducting market research walks new business owners through valuable market research information. 

3. The MaRS Discovery District online library has a great selection of tools surrounding how to collect and why to do market research. 

4. If you attended the workshop and want more information you can download the PowerPoint here: Part 1 and Part 2.

4. If you attended the workshop click here to add this workshop to your LinkedIn profile. The Certification authority is the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. Leave the license number blank. 

Date: Friday, November 15, 2018

Presenters: John Prgomet & Taylor Trecroce, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

Contact: jprgomet@ssmic.com, ttrecroce@ssmic.com 

Topic: Business Model Canvas

Business Planning

1. If you attended the workshop click here to add this workshop to your LinkedIn profile. The Certification authority is the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. Leave the license number blank. 

 

2. Learn all about the Business Model Canvas and how to create one for your business. 

 

3. Download a copy of the Business Model Canvas here to try it for your own business. 

 

4. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers a book all about the science behind the Business Model Canvas. 

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019

Presenters: Kristy Guthrie - Roth, CampTech

Contact: kristy@brightlightcontent.com

Topic: How to Build a Successful Brand

Marketing & Branding

1. If you attended the workshop click here to add this workshop to your LinkedIn profile. The Certification authority is the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre. Leave the license number blank. 

2. Looking to create a logo quickly the Logo Square Space maker makes it quick and easy to create your own branding. 

3. The Wix logo maker not only helps you create a simple logo but helps build your brand online. 

4. The Canva design school allows users to make all their own design materials for free. It is quick and simple to use. 

5. Lynda.com if free for both students at Algoma University and Sault College. Check out this course on branding.

 

6. Tailor Brands, creates tailor made brands based on your business name, icons, and your reaction to other designs.  

99 Foster Drive l Level 6 l Sault Ste Marie, ON l P6A 5X6 l youlaunch@ssmic.com

oce.png
SSMIC Logo.png
imageedit_1_4535186275.png
imageedit_3_4672674857.gif
logo-en-b.png

Interested in Volunteering?