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 six 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. 

  • IDEA

    GENERATION

    Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

    Presenter: Rihkee Strapp of the

    Ontario Trillium Foundation

    Contact: RStrapp@oft.ca

    Topic: Idea Lab and Design Thinking

    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.

  • MARKET

    RESEARCH

    Date: Friday, October 24, 2018

    Presenter: Chris Giantsopoulos, MaRS Discovery District

    Contact: giantone@rogers.com

    Topic: Value Proposition

    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.

  • BUSINESS

    PLANNING

    Date: Friday, November 15, 2018

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

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

    Topic: Business Model Canvas

    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 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.

  • MARKETING

    & BRANDING

    Date: Friday, January 18, 2019

    Presenter: Kristy Guthrie - Roth, CampTech

    Contact: kristy@brightlightcontent.com

    Topic: How to Build a Successful Brand

    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 is 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

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