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George Brown College Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018

startGBC is delighted to be staging a number of events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week between Monday 12th to Saturday 17th November 2018.

Participate in workshops and seminars and learn from George Brown College Alumni Entrepreneurs what it takes to run a successful business.

With special thanks to Dell for supporting all of these events.



Monday 12th November 2018

George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts Global Entrepreneurship Week Student Engagement

GEW Student Engagement at GBC Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts

Interested in being an entrepreneur?  Come listen to GBC Alumni who have taken the leap and run their own successful businesses.  Come and listen to a #WhyNotMe Founders Panel that includes Erin Gamelin, founder of Stout Pub & Louis Cifer Brew Works; Bruce Lee, co-founder of Roselle; Karen Barbalat, founder of Marble Meals and Brian Cheng, co-founder of The Edible Story, as they share with you their personal journeys to success.

This will be followed by a Business Model Canvas Workshop by Sima Ghandi.  Use this amazing tool to help you develop your business idea and the areas you will need to understand to articulate your offering.

Ever wondered how to scale food products?  The labelling requirements? How to research and test products and flavourings etc?  Then listen to Food Starter and FIRSt as they explain their offerings and how they have helped hundreds of food and beverage companies succeed!


Free Entry

*Note: Priority given to George Brown College Students


Tuesday 13th November 2018

GBC GEW School of Design Student Engagement Event

#WhyNotMe Founders Panel at GBC School of Design

Come listen and engage with 3 amazing GBC Alumni who have all built successful companies.  Learn from entrepreneurs what they wished they had known at the start of their journeys.

This will be followed by a student interaction with mentors as they discuss with students their projects and for the mentors to give valuable feedback on how to improve.

*Note: This is a private event


Wednesday 14th November 2018

Speak on Your Feet – startGBC Entrepreneur Empowerment Masterclass 

This will be held at startGBC Collaboration Space, Waterfront Campus, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Eloise Ashowrth and Raif Douthwaite, Speak On Your Feet is a powerful workshop that provides personalized coaching to learn effective communication through enjoyable and inclusive medium of applied improvisation. This workshop will empower you to become more creative, communicate your ideas with confidence and be able to keep the conversation flowing on the stage of life. Have fun and develop skills that will come in handy for your professional presentations, job interviews, collaborations and social networking.

This workshop is very interactive and active participation will be required to get the best personal development advantages out of the session.

Pizza will be provided between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and the workshop will begin punctually at 6:00 p.m. 


Public Event by Registration Only

Thursday 15th November 2018

“What is Social Innovation?” Workshop at startGBC Collaboration Space

How can you turn your personal social experiences into something meaningful?  Can you still make a good living running a social innovation/enterprise?  How do you go about establishing one?  What resources are in the community to help support you?

In collaboration with the Centre for Social Innovation, startGBC invites you to attend this lunch and learn to discover the answers to these and other questions you might have.  Mix with like minded students over pizza and perhaps you might find a peer to work with in helping to build your enterprise.


*Note: Public Event but Priority is given to current George Brown Students and Alumni and by Registration Only.


Friday 16th November 2018

George Brown College Centre for Business Global Entrepreneurship Week Student Engagement

George Brown College Centre for Business Global Entrepreneurship Week Student Engagement Event at St James Campus

Come and listen to George Brown College Alumni speak about their personal journey of creating a successful business and network with 8 mentors willing to share with you ways of helping define who you are as an entrepreneur and build skills and learn of resources to help you achieve this.


FREE ENTRY and PIZZA will be served

*Note: Open to George Brown College Students or Alumni Only


Friday 16th November 2018

George Brown College School of Fashion Studies Global Entrepreneurship Week Student Engagement

#WhyNotMe Founders Panel and Entrepreneurial Capacity Building at the School of Fashion Studies , Casa Loma Campus – Career Services Centre

Come and listen to 3 amazing George Brown College School of Fashion Studies Alumni as they tell you about the personal journey’s they have been on to create successful businesses.  Engage and learn from the advice they have to share with you.

This will be followed by a workshop on ethically sourcing fabrics, textiles and clothing overseas.  Often a crunch point for fashion entrepreneurs as they scale their businesses is how do you stay true to your original vision and remain an ethical business.

The session will finish on some of the resources available to entrepreneurs in the city including the support offered by George Brown College.


Free Entry by Registration Only

Pizza Lunch provided

*Note: Priority given to George Brown College Students


Saturday 17th November 2018

Social Innovation Design Jam at Waterfront Campus


A collaboration between George Brown College School of Social and Community Services, United Churches Project Edge and startGBC

A public event for students and community to work with over 20 mentors on finding innovative social innovation solutions to real-life challenges in 3 key areas of our community that will include: Mental Health & Addictions – Poverty – Identity Based

Students will be competing for a prize pot of $500 per category to help them progress their projects into reality.

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Colin Robert Phillips, Policy Studies PhD

Listen to Dr. Phillips as he speaks about his amazing research work in homelessness and impact areas such as poverty, mental health & addictions, trauma and identity.  Colin lives with cerebral palsy and is a light on overcoming barriers to excel in his field of expertise.

A massive thanks to mentors for volunteering their time to support student growth and these mentors include…

Scott Leon – Wellsley Institute; James Holzbauer – United Churches; Denise Soueidan-O’leary – Centre for Social Innovation; Matthew Thompson – Canadian Community Economic Development Network; Kimberly D’Oliveirea – Centre for Social Innovation; Melissa Anderson; Shannon Cummings – A-Way Express; Alexandra Belaskie – United Churches; Courtney Ayukawa – Toronto Enterprise Fund; Ralph Wushke – United Churches; Sharrae Lyon – Egale; Christie Newfeldt – United Churches; Adele Halladay – United Churches; Chris Duff – Inspired Initiatives and Symone Walters – Toronto Community Benefits Network

Special thanks to MC of the day, Joshua Fernandes – United Churches 

*Note: This is a Private Event