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Ideas into Action: the Entrepreneurial Step

Finding something that is marketable is one of the more interesting aspects of graduate studies; but what would you do? The objective of the Entrepreneurial Step is to help graduate students determine whether they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and if they are, to direct them on how to launch a career as one. The workshops also give you skills such as conflict resolution and intellectual property which would be vital to someone starting a small business after completing graduate studies.

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Am I an Entrepreneur?
1 hour
Entrepreneurship Consultant
Part 1 of 2. The first part of this two-part workshop covers the following topics:
  • What is an entrepreneur?
  • How does being an entrepreneurial thinker enhance my skill-set?
  • Is self-employment a viable option as a career choice?
  • How do you turn an idea into a plan?
  • From dream to viability

Basics of Conflict Resolution
1.5 hours
Human Rights Office
Interpersonal conflict is a part of human relationships.Ê For graduate students, added elements of evaluation and competition in the academy create complex situations.Ê This workshop introduces a model for understanding interpersonal conflict, and strategies for responding and preventing escalation.

Business Start-up to Launch: Entrepreneurship as a Career
1 hour
Entrepreneurship Consultant
Part 2 of 2. The second part of this two-part workshop covers the following topics:
  • What is a business plan and why do I need one?
  • The importance of planning
  • Defining the target market, conducting market research and developing the marketing strategy
  • Location of the business – home based vs. Commercial location
  • Securing funding

Effective Networking for a Successful Job Search
1.5 hours
Career Counselling Centre
Attend this interactive workshop to learn how to build an effective network, crucial to performing a successful job search! Get ready to put this knowledge into practice and learn how to present your skills and expertise to potential employers.

Intellectual Property: Have You Invented Something?
1 hour
Technology Transfer Office
This session will cover how to identify technologies that may be patentable and/or suitable for commercial development. There will also be discussion of how to ensure your rights are protected when collaborating with industry partners.

Managing Your Digital Identity
1 hour
Access and Privacy Office
This session, offered by the Access and Privacy Office, will focus on reviewing the University of Manitoba’s obligation to comply with access to information and protection of privacy laws and the relationship between these laws and the use of social media. The discussion will also include a review of relevant policies, procedures and guidelines and professional standards. Additional information will include reviewing use of social media by staff, faculty and students and a useful discussion on social media tips and tricks for success. (Previous title: Social Media: Friend or Unfriend)