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Level up with Global Entrepreneurship Week events at TMU

Learn how an entrepreneurial mindset and daily innovation can help you get ahead
By: Lindsey Craig
November 09, 2023
Four people sit on stools as part of a panel discussion, with one person speaking into a microphone.

For Global Entrepreneurship Week, Zone Learning events will take place from Monday, Nov. 13 until Friday, Nov. 17. (Photo courtesy of Zone Learning)

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is taking place once again at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) – and whether you’re a student, staff member, researcher or faculty member – Zone Learning events can benefit us all.

“We’re excited to welcome all members of the TMU community to events and activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week,” said John MacRitchie, assistant vice-president, Zone Learning & Strategic Initiatives. “This week is for everyone – not just those who identify as entrepreneurs, but anyone who wants to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset to help them get ahead.”

GEW is an annual, global initiative to recognize and empower innovators and celebrate an entrepreneurial spirit.

To recognize the event this year, TMU’s Office of Zone Learning and Strategic Initiatives is hosting various workshops, speaking events and learning opportunities designed to inspire all members of the community.

Daily Innovations & Side Hustles

The theme of this year’s GEW at TMU is Daily Innovation & Side Hustles. “Daily innovation” encourages community members to consider the impact that an entrepreneurial mindset can have on their everyday lives - whether in the classroom, in their career or in their personal lives.

Side hustles are also a focus of this year’s activities. Whether you’re a student, staff member or professor, you may have a passion you’d like to pursue, or perhaps you’ve already taken steps to do so. Events this year are aimed to help you advance in your journey.

Events Nov. 13-17

Beginning on Monday, Nov. 13 and running until Friday, Nov. 17, a series of events will be taking place on campus to help motivate and inspire:

Media Training Workshop
Monday, November 13, 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Transmedia Zone (Virtual)

Whether it's a 60 second spot on Breakfast Television, a feature on a podcast, or an over the phone interview for your local magazine, entrepreneurs get the chance to promote their businesses all the time, but not all of them know how to make the best of it. There's a lot of pressure to say the right thing in the moment and we get it! So join us for this workshop to learn how to prepare for your next media appearance.

Design Sprint Workshop (external link) 
Tuesday, November 14, 12-2 p.m.
Hosted by Zone Learning (In-person)

​Join us for a fast-paced workshop with Sisa Lleses and learn how you can bring your idea to life through the five stages of Design Thinking. Through this workshop you will follow a methodology that will be used to validate ideas through design, prototyping, user testing, and collaboration.

ScaleUp! For Women Founders: PR Strategies for Startup Success  (external link) 
Tuesday, November 14, 12 p.m.
Hosted by the DMZ (In-person)

Whether it’s building brand awareness, driving positive sentiment, or elevating thought leadership status, it is essential to know the potential impact of PR on your business goals. This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to identify when, how, and why to lean into PR. 

Student League Workshop: Creative Entrepreneurship 101
Tuesday, November 14, 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Transmedia Zone (In-person)

Curious about the entertainment industry and how to launch your project? Join us in the TZ Creator Space for a creative entrepreneurship workshop where we will break down the basics of how to get up and running in the Canadian entertainment Industry. Learn the do's and don'ts from the TZ Team of media experts who've worked on countless projects in their careers.

2SLGBTQIA+ Open Shop (external link) 
Tuesday, November 14, 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Design Fabrication Zone (In-person)

Each week we welcome a different group of folks into our fabrication space to work on their projects, gain access to tools and workbenches and meet new people in the community! It’s free and open to all 2SLGBTQIA+ students, staff, faculty and public. We're here to support everyone in the design & fabrication industry.

DMZ Masterclass: International Market Expansion Presented by Google (external link) 
Tuesday, November 14, 5:30-8 p.m.
Hosted by the DMZ (In-person)

Scaling your business internationally can be the transformative change you're seeking. In partnership with Google, we present the "International Market Expansion" workshop, tailored for forward-thinking entrepreneurs and businesses eyeing the vast international markets. This workshop will delve into the importance of global reach, and preparation for international expansion.

Exploring Startup Opportunities and Passion Projects for TMU Employees (external link) 
Wednesday, November 15, 12-1 p.m.
Hosted by Zone Learning (In-person)

Join us for a panel discussion featuring TMU employees who have leveraged their expertise and passion to create side hustles that have given them new income streams, opportunities, and the chance to make change. This event is designed for faculty and staff at TMU who either have their own project or are interested in developing one. Jointly presented by Zone Learning and Human Resources, this discussion will touch on considerations for balancing work responsibilities and passion projects, how to build skills that enhance your full-time employment, and what resources are available for TMU employees in the Zone Learning network.

The Penny Appeal Social Accelerator Fund Pitch Competition
Wednesday, November 15, 2-4 p.m.
Hosted by Zone Learning and the Social Ventures Zone (In-person)

Join the Social Ventures Zone and the Office of Zone Learning for the 2023 Penny Appeal Canada Social Accelerator Pitch Competition! Hear from six innovative social enterprises incubated across the Zone Learning network as they pitch for a chance at the $10,000 grand prize! Light refreshments will be provided.

Trash Panda Launch Party
Wednesday, November 15, 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Transmedia Zone (In-person)

Mark your calendars, Trash Panda is launching near you! We are so excited to announce that TZ Member, Jason Leaver, will be launching his highly anticipated video game, Trash Panda, here at The Innovation Studio in HQ. Come to meet the creator, play the game, and celebrate the launch of the little raccoon who's here to knock over your trash bins!

How to Put Innovation On Your CV (external link) 
Thursday,  November 16, 12-1 p.m.
Hosted by Zone Learning (In-person)

Securing a job isn’t easy. Join Zone Learning and the Career Centre for a workshop on how to understand your innovation experience, incorporate it into your CV, and leverage it in an interview.

 (google form) Pizza Lunch and Feedback Session (external link) 
Thursday, November 16, 1-3 p.m.
Hosted by the Biomedical Zone (In-person)

We are calling all students who are hungry for innovation and entrepreneurial education! The Biomedical Zone is hosting a special Pizza Lunch event during Global Entrepreneurship Week, and we want you to be a part of it. Come, indulge in delicious pizza, and share your insights, ideas and feedback on how we can better serve your educational and entrepreneurial needs.

Storytelling of the Self
Thursday, November 15, 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Transmedia Zone (Virtual)

The most common issue we see for founders and storytellers alike at TZ, is the struggle to convey vision and story when it comes to you and your project. What makes you compelling? Folks are not investing in merely ideas - they’re looking to trust and invest in you! From party banter to formal meetings and pitches - we’re going to show you why it’s so important (and explain the pitfalls, wins, and tips and tricks) to get across your vision and ideas, in a better and more exciting way.

Networking Social (external link) 
Thursday, November 16, 4-6 p.m.
Hosted by Zone Learning (In-person)

Join the Office of Zone Learning for a Networking Social in honour of Global Entrepreneurship Week, featuring special guest Kevin Mako. ​Form connections with new and established entrepreneurs, learn from people who understand the journey you’re on, and turn a chance encounter into your next business opportunity. ​Enjoy light snacks and drinks while mingling with the best minds in innovation. 

Caffeinated Innovators - Work-life balance: Integrating for efficiency or maintaining separation? (external link) 
Friday, November 17, 9:15 a.m.
Hosted by the Social Ventures Zone (In-person)

Maintaining your mental health isn't easy, and it gets harder the busier you get. When you have so much on your plate, it's easy to allow your mental health slip to the back burner - not good!

​This week at CI, let's talk mental health. How do you maintain it? How do you build it? and when it starts to fade, how do you get it back? Join us on Friday!

For more about Global Entrepreneurship Week events at TMU, please visit Zone Learning’s Global Entrepreneurship Week website.


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