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H2i – MaRS Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Fall Intensive Program

September 30, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Get tools, mentoring and peer feedback to help as you roll up your sleeves and develop strategic components for your business. Our intensive program combines three workshop series and runs weekly on Wendesdays at 4:00-8:00pm

It is a great opportunity for highly motivated entrepreneurs to take their startup to the next level!

Starting Lean: Value Proposition

September 30


Session 1 – Preparing to leave the building

Establish a process to clarify and test key assumptions you have about your business and lower your ventures overall risk.

Deliverable: Overview of the Lean Startup approach and a tested interview guide based on the venture’s most important foundational assumptions.

October 7


Session 2 – Determining your value proposition 

Use data obtained from customer interviews to synthesize customer feedback into a value proposition.

Deliverable: A framework and template for determining your value proposition.


Starting Lean: Business Model 

October 14


Session 1 – Designing your business model

Use your value proposition to test your business model for sustainability and growth.

Deliverable: A business model designed around the participant’s value proposition.

October 21


Session 2 – Validating your business model

Analyze external factors and test your business model for sustainability and growth.

Deliverable: A framework for validating your business model that analyzes external forces and key business model metrics.


Finance Fundamentals

October 28



Session 1 – Preparing your business forecast

In this session, we help entrepreneurs understand the basics of financial statements, management reporting and how to build a detailed cash flow forecast to be used in making day-to-day business decisions around growth.

Deliverable: Expense budget template for your business.


November 4



Session 2 – Understanding revenue forecasting, funding and business valuation

In the second session, we will use your cash flow forecast and add revenue estimates by taking you through inputs such as pricing, sales funnel and revenue types resulting in a complete cash flow forecasting model you can use in your business. Entrepreneurs will also learn the basic concepts surrounding different types of business valuations and the inputs and factors that impact valuation from an investor perspective.

Deliverable: Basic complete 12-month cash flow forecast for your business.


November 11


Session 3 – Business Valuation and Tutorial Session

First half: Outline basic concepts surrounding different types of business valuations, and the inputs and factors that impact valuation from an investor perspective.

Second half: Working session/finance lab.

Deliverable: Basic complete 12-month cash flow forecast for your business.




November 18


The Leadership Workshop guides start-up founders through the process of identifying the key leadership skills of an entrepreneur and discovering the various leadership styles of each participant to lead their teams towards successful ventures.


Cost of Workshops 

While the program is valued at $3,720, the fee for Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops – Intensive Program is $300. It is open to all entrepreneurs with a specific project or business.

NOTE: For all CLA and/or RIC clients, the $300 is a deposit and will be returned upon completion of the 8 sessions and the post-workshop survey.  

As this intensive program is customized for entrepreneurs, we do not encourage consultants, teachers, advisors or coaches to attend.

All participants will need to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). For more information, please contact workshops@marsdd.com.

**If you are unable to attend a workshop session, please let us know four business days in advance. We regret that failure to do so may result in the loss of your deposit.

**The post-workshop survey must be completed within four days of the last day of a workshop series for a registration deposit or discount to be refunded.

If you would like more information on our workshop programs or how to become a client of a regional innovation centre, please contact workshops@marsdd.com.

Spaces are limited, Register today!


September 30, 2015
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Banting Institute
100 College St.
Toronto, ON Canada
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