Boost your startup’s success with the MaRS Fall Intensive Program
Ready to boost your startup’s success? Applications are now open for MaRS’ Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops Fall Intensive Program running this September.
What is the MaRS Fall Intensive Program?
The Fall Intensive Program is a hands-on, 15-week program designed for early-stage entrepreneurs who are committed to exploring the potential of the business ideas they are working on. The first workshop is on September 9, 2015, once weekly until December 16, 2015.
Facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs, the program tackles both the tangibles and the intangibles of building a business. What are the tangibles and intangibles of a successful startup?
- A great idea and evidence that people want it
- An understanding of the partners you’ll need
- Some money to get you started
- Great leadership skills
- A collaborative team
- A plan for selling
- An engaging narrative to talk about your product
- An industry ready for disruption
- Interaction with like-minded entrepreneurs
- Freedom for your ideas to percolate
- The ability to try, fail fast and identify a new direction
- The confidence to act differently
- Feedback from peers
The Program can help you develop your business and consider all these elements in one place. It’s split into six broad themes that focus on key areas of startup development, from customer development and business modelling to financial models and pitching to investors.
What are we looking for?
You don’t have to be a fully operating business to participate—we are primarily looking for great ideas and personal commitment to work on those ideas. Here are some testimonials from entrepreneurs like you, who have completed the MaRS Intensive Workshop Programs:
“I loved what I was able to learn and implement in such a short period of time during the program. I feel I benefitted greatly because my business was running almost in parallel with the sessions and material being covered.” – Annie Hardock, president, Abacus Uxbridge, 2013 Fall Intensive Graduate
“We (me and another participant) spoke for about five minutes during a coffee break, brainstorming ideas, and suddenly he saw his idea in a way he had not previously considered. The MaRS workshop gave us an opening to have this type of meaningful exchange.” – M. Hanna, 2015 Summer Intensive Graduate
“I chose to participate in the Intensive Program to identify a scalable and repeatable sales model. After participating, I have a clearer view of how to achieve these goals.” – Orhan Kalayci, co-founder, ZOOMtoLearn, 2013 Fall Intensive Graduate
“I really liked how the workshop played out, as in you did not need a background in business to understand the techniques. It was very user-friendly for beginners.” – Varun Sharma, 2015 UTSC Workshop Participant
You can see what one of the workshops is like in the video below.
Meet 30 other startup founders who are on the same journey, get weekly contact with mentors and facilitators who can bring you the latest in entrepreneurial thinking, and engage in diverse peer and experiential learning.
Applications are being accepted now until September 2, 2015.Learn more & apply here
Sima was the senior manager of MaRS’ Entrepreneurship Programs, Canada’s largest non-academic provider of entrepreneurship education. Sima has a varied background in private sector startups, spanning several industries including manufacturing, education and construction. See more…