Financial Strategy & Forecasting Workshops – Session 1: Where are you now?
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Financial Strategy & Forecasting Workshops - Session 1: Where are you now? @ ICUBE Co-working space | Mississauga | Ontario | Canada
  • Session 1: Where are you now?
    • What do entrepreneurs need to know about finance? Math is easy for one unit – what
      happens when you scale? The bigger you are, the more complex you get.
    • How to even begin to assess your financial situation? How are you keeping your records?
    • Record keeping options
    • The three financial statements
      o Income Statement
      o Balance Sheet
      o Cash Flow Statement
    • Financial timeline
    • Financial models: budget and forecasts, capital allocation, growth organically/through
      acquisition and raising capital
    • Company stages and company types.
    • Business drivers and costs
    • Growth assumptions and common assumption pitfalls

Financial Strategy & Forecasting Workshops – Session 2: Where do you want to be?
Jan 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Financial Strategy & Forecasting Workshops - Session 2: Where do you want to be? @ Sheridan College EDGE - Room B290 | Mississauga | Ontario | Canada

Session 2: Where do you want to be?

  • Breakeven analysis: money in and money out.
  • Pricing your product: economical model vs. luxury model
  • Churn
  • Sales quotas and common mistakes
  • Compensation strategy
  • Burn rate
  • Use of funds

Financial Strategy & Forecasting Workshops – Session 3: How do you get there?
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Financial Strategy & Forecasting Workshops - Session 3: How do you get there? @ ICUBE Co-Working Space | Mississauga | Ontario | Canada

Session 3: How do you get there?

  • Financing options for company stages
  • Examples of lenders/investors in the Canadian Space
  • Meaning of valuation and its methods
    o Market approach: depends on the company.
    o Income-Based Approach: Discounted Cash Flow and example
    o The Venture Capital Method
    o Pre and Post-Money Calculation
    o Score Card Method

Business Model Canvas Workshop
Feb 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Business Model Canvas Workshop @ DV3129

This workshop is designed to help early-stage ventures create a sustainable business model and develop a framework for validating that model. This workshop is for all new ventures that are looking for clarity on how to establish a profitable business.

The instructor is Nicola Lacetera – Nicola Lacetera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He is also with a cross-appointment to the Strategic Management area at Rotman and to the Economics Department. He is an applied economist with a number of research interests. First, he has collaborated with several non-profit organizations to conduct field experiments to study the motivations for altruistic behaviour, and in particular blood and organ donations, thus informing these organizations on how to enhance contributions from donors. A second line of research concerns how ethical beliefs affect the acceptance of certain “controversial” transactions (such as paying for blood or organs, patenting living organisms, or prostitution). Third, he uses large datasets from used car auctions to assess the determinants of value and quality of automobile. Finally, Nico studies how different individual motivations and institutional arrangements affect the production and commercialization of knowledge.

Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) Alumni Mixer
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) Alumni Mixer @ Rosewater Room

Mix and mingle with commerce and management alumni and other IMI graduates at the newly renovated Rosewater Room – a fresh and unique dining experience minutes from Toronto’s Financial and Theatre districts. Reconnect with old classmates or meet someone new as you enjoy the evening. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. Cash bar—the first drink is on the house!

Design Thinking Workshop
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Design Thinking Workshop @ DH3075 - Deerfield Hall

In this workshop, you will learn how the design thinking framework is applied to solve business problems and approach innovation with a customer-oriented lense. Together we will work through the design thinking process to identify a solution to a problem and present our findings to the class.

HR Basics for Entrepreneurs
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
HR Basics for Entrepreneurs @ DH3075 - Deerfield Hall

More information coming as we get closer to event.

PITCH workshop
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
PITCH workshop @ ICUBE Co-Working Space(Basement of Kaneff Centre)

This workshop series is designed to help early-stage ventures create a comprehensive pitch to gain investors’ attention and ultimately funding.

Many new ventures need to access external sources of funding to effectively build their product and enter the market. This workshop will help you to understand how to create a powerful pitch that you can use to engage investors.

The instructor is Portia Asli – a thought leader, 4-time entrepreneur and engineer having built businesses from the ground-up in healthcare wearables, online education, digital marketing, and advisory services. She has 10+ years of leadership & management expertise in: bringing new innovative ideas to market, building and managing high-performing teams, negotiating for optimal resources, bootstrapping resource-constraint businesses for success, closing ambitious B2B deals, establishing digital marketing strategy for B2C revenue stream and building exceptional partnerships across sectors to meet a shared agenda.

Portia is passionate about creating entrepreneurial ecosystems where emerging leaders can build sustainable and scalable businesses. She has coached over 200 startup founders across diverse sectors (FinTech, EdTech, CleanTech, IoT, AR/VR, Food, e-Commerce, AgriTech, Health) on investment strategy, product-market fit, lean product development, customer acquisition, B2B/B2C sales and online/offline marketing strategy. She has been a speaker on startup related content at conferences hosted by USAID, the Asian Development Bank, featured on a live TV talk show and authored entrepreneurship articles for the Cambridge University.

InStage VR Pitch Practice
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

InStage is for employees or students who routinely speak in-person to customers or colleagues. They recreate these interactions in a VR training simulation where they can practice, get performance feedback and try again. This is a great opportunity to practice that pitch so you get it just right for this year’s PITCH. Register below to get a spot!

PITCH 2019
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm


Join us on March 20 for PITCH 2019!

PITCH is designed to showcase innovation and entrepreneurship at U of T Mississauga, our city and our region. Focusing an early and developing stage ventures, ICUBE brings together innovators from a variety of sectors.  Join us to learn from amazing speakers sharing their experiences, network with great companies and sponsors, and be at the hub of where ideas grow at UTM!

Find out more HERE