Velocity Alpha

Calling all Entrepreneurs – this Velocity Program is for you!

Velocity Alpha workshops for the Summer 2015 term kick off this week!

Velocity Alpha workshops offer students and the larger community a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, who are interested in entrepreneurship and making a difference. Each workshop features special guests from the startup community and focuses on providing individuals with skills, experience and knowledge to help drive their business forward, no matter what stage it is at.

The Alpha workshops taking place this term are:

May 13: ‘Find Your Kick A** Idea’: University of Waterloo Professor Emeritus Richard Holmes will walk you through the steps of ideation and how to brainstorm ideas that rock! Come out and put your thinking cap on, meet other eager entrepreneurs, and hash out some kick a** ideas!

May 20: ‘What’s Your Problem? Workshop’: Join the infamous Larry Smitheconomics professor at UW! Larry will share his insightful take on how to find and solve “killer” problems. Trust us, this is a workshop you do NOT want to miss!

May 27: ‘Ain’t No Model Like A Business Model’: This week at Velocity Alpha you will be going over everything related to business models with Velocity Alpha Coach, Bjorn Dawson! Join us to learn the ins and outs of business models, specifically the lean canvas, and walk away with a first draft for your business.

June 3: ‘Setup Your Business Like A Boss’: Address general legal and accounting considerations that will affect YOUR business. We’re bringing in the expertise of Genie Lyon, Lawyer at Lyon Professional Corp, and Alex Hardy, Partner at BDO Canada, so that you can get the best information possible in this jam-packed night!

June 10: ‘How To Find Your Customers Online Workshop’: Join our guest speaker Mike Kirkup, Director of Velocity, as he shares his expertise in conducting business on the internet. Learn when you should and shouldn’t do online market research while developing the skills to do so. This will certainly be a workshop you do not want to miss!

June 17: ‘Do People Want Your Sh*t?’: Associate Director of the Velocity Garage, Wes Worsfold, will lead you through topics related to market validation. By the end of the night you’ll be an expert in interacting with the right people and asking the right questions to deterine whether your idea could be a viable business. You’ll also appreciate the value of getting honest feedback. Don’t miss out on this event!

June 24: ‘Pitch Like a Pro’: Learn about perfecting your pitch with Mike KirkupVelocity Director, and Rachel Pautler, CEO of Suncayr. You’ll learn about the different components of a pitch, and then have the chance to practice informally with your peers. What a great way to test your skills and to share your ideas!

July 15: ‘How Not To Run Your Company Into The Ground (By People Who Ran Their Companies Into The Ground) Workshop’: Join Guest speakers for a Q&A panel geared towards learning from common and frequent mistakes made during the startup journey. These people have been there and done it all, so don’t miss the opportunity to learn from their experience.

Each Velocity Alpha workshop is on a Wednesday evening from 7:30-9:00 and includes pizza. Be sure to register in advance because workshop tickets are free and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get ready for a hands-on learning experience to gain practical, real world skills necessary for creating your business. Who knows, maybe you’ll start the next big thing!