Lakehead University Ingenuity Award

Event Date: 
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 9:25am EDT to Monday, November 22, 2021 - 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Online
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
8073438010 ext 8324
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Lakehead University Ingenuity Award

 Awards will be announced during Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Week

Virtual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 10, 2022

 Award Applications due by:  November 21, 2021

This newly created award is proudly sponsored by:

 We strongly encourage all faculties and departments to apply for this award!

 Lakehead University Ingenuity Award

Description:  The Lakehead University Ingenuity Award honours one faculty member and one student of Lakehead University’s Community who has exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit by identifying ways in which their ideas can be developed into problem solving solutions. The award is expected to showcase creative thought and contribute to Ingenuity’s vision of fostering an entrepreneurial culture on campus. This award carries a cash value

 

Do you think you champion entrepreneurship on campus? If the answer is yes, apply now and tell us your story.

 

Eligibility:  Eligible recipients are individuals who are part of the Lakehead University Community and can clearly showcase their efforts in entrepreneurial thinking and supporting Ingenuity’s vision.

 

The Application and Judging Process

 Any member of the University community (including faculty, staff, students, and research assistants,) may apply for the award. 

Applications will be judged on specific Evaluation Criteria evaluated by members of the Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development Office.

 Please call or email Alyson MacKay at 343-8010 ext 8324 or amackay@lakeheadu.ca if you have any questions

Applications can be found here

Applications MUST be received by November 21 for consideration of the

2022 R&I Week Awards.  Awards will not necessarily be given each year.

Ingenuity Indigenous Start Up Fund

Event Date: 
Friday, November 26, 2021 - 10:00pm to 11:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Online
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
807252-8373
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Ingenuity Indigenous Start Up Fund

Ingenuity's Indigenous Start Up Fund is a great opportunity for an entrepreneurial minded Indigenous Lakehead University student looking to transition an idea into a business opportunity or accelerate the growth and development of their early stage start-up. The Ingenuity Indigenous Start Up Fund will deliver $5000 to one business idea for costs associated with business development. Along with the funding Ingenuity will provide mentorship and support to help move your business idea to the next stage.

 

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Must be a current student enrolled at Lakehead University 
• Must identify as Indigenous
• Willing to commit to mentorship, coaching and knowledge based learning from Ingenuity in order to develop business 

• Must be eligible and meet the requirements of starting and running a business in Canada 

 

Application deadline:

November 26, 2021

Interviews to take place December 2021 with winner announced the week of December 20th, 2021

To Apply

https://forms.gle/YCnNWUZSbW37E9hn7 or visit the events page of ingenuity.lakeheadu.ca

Any questions please reach out to Alyson MacKay, Manager, Ingenuity, amackay@lakeheadu.ca

 

Pitch It Competition

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Hybrid
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
8072528373
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Calling all students and recent grads (up to 3 years)!

  • Have an idea for a business or are you already working on a business?
  • Are you a student or a recent graduate?
  • Want to make your idea a reality or grow your business?
  • Need money to get started and/or grow?

Then why not PITCH IT and you could win CASH to help develop your idea, receive business support, get exposure to potential investors, and opportunities for even more funding

 How it works: 

Apply by October 29th (see application link below)

  • Attend a mandatory Pitch Workshop - November 2nd 11:30 am - 1 pm
  • Present your pitch on November 10th from 5 - 7pm (Virtual or in-person TBD)

 

Participants will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • The business opportunity and the impact of the business
  • Team, objectives, and outcomes
  • The ability to meet goals
  • The overall business idea
  • Full judging criteria will be given in the pitch workshop 

 Prizes: 

  • $1000 Grand Prize
  • $500 People's Choice

 Applications are due Friday, October 29th, 2020 at midnight:

Intellectual Property Panel Talk

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
8072528373
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Join us to hear from two professionals and one entrepreneur who has gone through the patent process. 

Learn about everything intellectual property including copyrights, patents and trademarks.

After the speakers there will be time left for a question and answer period 

To register visit: nwoinnovation.ca

Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/7082475285

Meeting ID: 708 247 5285

 

 

Building your team through Inclusive hiring practices

Event Date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
807 252-8373
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Join us for a 60 min virtual experience that walks an entrepreneur through the steps of designing and building out a human resources plan with an inclusive lens.

Depending on your type of business, the demands of your market, and your skill set, you might find that you simply cannot do everything on your own. It is time to consider your first employee

Join us to learn the steps of designing and building an inclusive human resources plan for any business.  

 Facilitator info: Jana Petrone is the co-founder of DICE Consulting.  DICE Consulting supports businesses and professionals with their human resources needs.  From HR strategy to team building and development and everything in between.  

 To Register:

https://building-teams-ingenuity.eventbrite.ca

Zoom link:

https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/7082475285

Meeting ID: 708 247 5285

 

Women Mean Business

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 12:15pm EDT to Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 6:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Online
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
807-252-8373
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Ingenuity and PARO Women’s Enterprise present a 4 part series to help get your business idea out of your head and ready to launch. The final part in the series will include a business pitch competition for a chance to win $750 in cash prize to use towards your business. Attendance is required in all session prior to participating in the pitch. All sessions will be presented virtually

Session #1-Business Model Canvas, October 6, 12:15-1:15pm

In this session we will take you through the steps to build your business model canvas and help prepare you for your business planning.

Session #2-Marketing Your Business, October 20, 11am-12pm

Kassandra Arsenault, owner of Konnect; a Social Media Management Company will present a session a session on social media marketing and why it is so important to incorporate within your business.

Session #3-Finance for your business, November 3, 12:15-1:15pm

Joanne Delarosbil, owner of Numbers will discuss what you need to know and where to start on general bookkeeping information along with some tax information and tips

Session #4-The Pitch competition, November 17, 4-6pm

Complete a 3 min elevator pitch of your business to judges for a chance to win. $500 will be given for first place and $250 to second place. More information will be provided in the previous sessions to prepare you to pitch.  

To register:

Email amackay@lakeheadu.ca or trainer@paro.ca

*Attendance is required in all session to be eligible to pitch, pitch participant must identify as a female and the business be in Northern Ontario. 

Business Model Canvas

Event Date: 
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
807-343-8010 ext 8324
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Business Model Canvas

Have a business idea in your head that you want to get on paper? The Business Model Canvas can help you do that. The Business Model Canvas was designed as part of the lean startup method to simply the large business plan. In this session we will breakdown the sections and discuss what is needed to help develop your idea to an actual launched business.

October 1, 1:15-2:25pm

A copy of the business model canvas will be provided before the session

To Register: https://ingenuity-bmc.eventbrite.ca

Zoom Link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/7082475285

Meeting ID: 708 247 5285

 

True Colours

Event Date: 
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 1:00am to 2:00am EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
807 343-8010 ext 8324
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 
True Colors® is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. By identifying your personality (and the personalities of others), True Colors provides insights into different motivations, actions, and communication approaches. This workshop is fun and interactive. The knowledge from the workshop can be used to improve personal relationships and professional success.  I look forward to meeting everyone and uncovering their true colors.  
 
 
 

Creating Your Business Plan

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 12:00pm EST to Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Zoom
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
8072528373
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Join us for 3 sessions on creating your business plan and getting your idea ready to pitch

Session one and two: Building a business plan

In these sessions we will walk through the process of building a business plan by discussing the different sections, what information is needed and how to go about finding that information. (note both of these sessions will cover the same material)

Session three: Pitching your business idea

This session will focus on taking your business idea into a successful business pitch.

Session One: March 10th  12p-1p

Session Two: March 18th 2pm-3pm

Session Three: March 23rd 1-2pm

To register email: manager.ingenuity@lakeheadu.ca

You will be sent a business plan template and financial template to work on during these sessions.

This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/7082475285

Meeting ID: 708 247 5285

All sessions will be held virtually on zoom

More information is available on ingenuity.lakeheadu.ca

This series will help you prepare your idea for the Ingenuity Ascend Accelerator program which has the potential to provide your business up to $7,500.

Ingenuity Ascend Accelerator Program

Event Date: 
Monday, May 3, 2021 - 9:00am EDT to Friday, July 23, 2021 - 5:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Online
Event Fee: 
free
Event Contact Name: 
Alyson MacKay
Event Contact Phone: 
8072528373
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

Ingenuity Ascend Accelerator program is a great opportunity for entrepreneurially-minded students and alumni looking to transition an idea into a business opportunity, or accelerate the growth and development of their early stage start-up. The Ingenuity Accelerator program will accept up to 4 business teams per cohort, and deliver up to $7500 per business idea for costs associated with business development. Applicants will be screened through an interview process before successful admission to the program. 

Applications due March 28, 2021. Program starts May 3, 2021

Intake Interviews to take place between the weeks of April 5th an 12th

What to expect (what participants should be ready for)
 Throughout the 12-week program, Ingenuity Ascend participants can expect the following daily activities:

  • Participate in networking events
  • Attend weekly business development workshop sessions
  • Connect with entrepreneurial mentors
  • Participate in milestone meetings with Ingenuity staff to review progress and set upcoming monthly milestone goals
  • Access up to $7500 per team to help fund business development activities (some restrictions apply)

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have at least one founder connected to Lakehead University (Student or Alumni up to 3 years post graduation)
  • Must be willing to devote a full-time effort to the program
  • Must have decision-making ability
  • Must participate in all Ingenuity Ascend events, workshops and competitions throughout the program duration (available in online format)
  • Must be eligible and meet the requirements of starting and running a business in Canada

FAQ’s

Q. Does it cost anything to join the program?
A. There is no cost for this program. This program is completely free for all current students and recent graduates from Lakehead University.

Q. Is Ingenuity only for business students?
A. No, we serve students from all disciplines.

Q. Does Ingenuity take any equity or royalties of my company if I use their services?
A. Ingenuity does not take any equity or royalties of any kind.

Q. Who can I contact for questions?
A. For all general inquiries, please email info.ingenuity@lakeheadu.ca

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY 

 

Funding restrictions:

The Ingenuity Ascend program will cover some costs associated with business development and will disperse funds based on a mutually agreed upon milestone delivery plan. Some costs that are not eligible for this program include rent, labour and wages, and large inventory purchase. All spending will need to be approved through the program coordinator prior to purchase to ensure it is eligible.

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