Entrepreneurship workshops available at UTSC Library!

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Registration for winter entrepreneurship workshops is now open!

Want to start a business, but you don't know where to start? Check out the entrepreneurship workshops available to you.

LaunchPad*

Co-Curricular Record approved!

January 14, 3-4pm 

Location: Library Instruction Lab, (AC286a), UTSC Library, 1265 Military Trail

Registration link: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3532624   

Description: 

Orientation to campus resources for students with startups or interested in startups, including accelerators, courses and programs, library resources, commercialization, funding opportunities, and Toronto community resources.

You will leave with:

  • knowledge of how the university supports student and faculty startups through space, training, and mentorship
  • an understanding of campus accelerators, pitch competitions, and funding opportunities
  • additional library workshops available to further support and boost your entrepreneurship journey
  • a guide of where to go to find more information at U of T, around Toronto, and the broader startup ecosystem

Related LibGuide: Entrepreneurship Research Workshops by Carey Toane

Industry Research for Startups

Co-Curricular Record approved!

February 4, 3-4pm 

Location: UTSC The BRIDGE Lab (IC 110) 

Registration link: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3532628

Description:

Whether you are on the edge of a new industry to looking to enter an established sector, you need to quantify and understand the industry players, segments, and size. This workshop introduces you to existing sources of industry information such as market research reports and trade journals, as well as provides strategies to help you do your own analysis and estimations. 

In this session you will: 

  • Become familiar with proprietary and open sources of industry information
  • Learn to read a market research report in five minutes
  • Explore models for DIY industry analysis
  • Take away tools and frameworks for synthesizing and analyzing your industry

Related LibGuide: Entrepreneurship Research Workshops by Carey Toane

 

Woman Entrepreneurship Makerspace Orientation & Social*

February 6, 4-6pm  

Location: UTSC Library Makerspace, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

Registration link: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3532632

In collaboration with UTSC The Hub.

Introduction to Company and Competitor Research

Co-Curricular Record approved!

February 11, 3-4 pm 

Location: Library Instruction Lab (AC286A), UTSC Library, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

Registration link: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3532635

Description: 

For students of all disciplines interested in learning more about researching companies and finding competitor information. Includes an overview of subscription databases and publicly available resources for company research.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Evaluate different types of company information and understand the differences between public and private companies
  • Find both direct and indirect competitor information
  • Practice finding company documents and reports

Related LibGuide: Entrepreneurship Research Workshops by Carey Toane

Primary Research Strategies and Tools for Startups 

Co-Curricular Record approved!

March 3, 12-2pm 

Location: The Hub, Highland Hall, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

Registration link: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3532637

Description: 

How do you know if you have a winning product/service concept? This workshop will introduce you to market research methods, techniques, and tools that are relevant in a startup environment and help you to gather relevant information that could impact your innovation. This hands-on workshop will focus on primary research as the key to uncovering customer insights and unmet needs.

You will: 


  • Learn fundamentals of market research

  • Identify the relationship between your research and your idea
  • Develop appropriate research strategies for your startup
  • Take advantage of free or low-cost tools available to all
  • Understand common market research methods such as customer interviews and surveys
  • Avoid common pitfalls during the market research process
  • Take advantage of free or low-cost tools available to all
  • Conduct primary research ethically and be respectful of participants’ privacy

Related LibGuide: Entrepreneurship Research Workshops by Carey Toane

 

Introduction to UX Design 

March 12, 11am-12pm 

Location: Library Instruction Lab (AC286A), UTSC Library, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

Registration link: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3532647

Description: 

During this workshop, you will learn the essentials of User Experience (UX) research, design, and testing geared towards product development.

You will leave with:

  • An overview of the User Experience (UX) field, including common methods and tools used in UX research and design
  • Knowledge of how integrating UX research and testing can improve your product by discovering and fully understanding user needs

Additional details to be added closer to the event.

Related LibGuide: Entrepreneurship Research Workshops by Carey Toane

 

Data Resources for Entrepreneurs  

March 19, 2-4pm 

Location: The BRIDGE Lab, 1095 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 5J9

Registration link: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3532653

Description: 

The ability to ask and answer real-world questions from large and small data sets, and to communicate that information to others, is becoming a requirement for innovation and entrepreneurship. This interactive session will introduce you to the data literacy skills you will need to find, select, evaluate, and communicate stories from data that will help you with your business pitch and business plan.

Participants will learn to:

· find, identify, and select types of marketing, consumer, demographic and economic data
· navigate major databases and data catalogues, via hands-on experience
· critically evaluate the suitability of data resources to meet their needs

In collaboration with the UTSC Library Digital Scholarship Unit. 

Related LibGuide: Entrepreneurship Research Workshops by Carey Toane

Data Visualization for Startups

March 26, 2-4pm 

Location: Library Instruction Lab (AC286A), UTSC Library, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4

Registration link: https://libcal.library.utoronto.ca/event/3532654

Description: 

The ability to ask and answer real-world questions from large and small data sets, and to communicate that information to others visually, is becoming a requirement for innovation and entrepreneurship. This interactive session will introduce you to the data literacy skills you will need to select, clean, interpret, and communicate stories from data using data visualizations. Presenting data visually will help you create an engaging, informative, and compelling business plan and pitch.

Participants will learn to:
• find, and select types of marketing, consumer, demographic and economic data
• process data in order to prepare it for use, via hands-on experience
• visualize the data in order to communicate information to the viewer, using charts, graphs, and maps

In collaboration with the UTSC Library Digital Scholarship Unit. 

Related LibGuide: Entrepreneurship Research Workshops by Carey Toane

 

*The Makerspace Orientation is NOT Co-Curricular Record approved.

Have more questions? Email Sarah Shujah, UTSC Library Entreprenship Librarian at sarah.shujah@utoronto.ca.