Impact Academy – Early-Bird Registration Open

This is an action-oriented program for social entrepreneurs, nonprofits exploring social enterprise, and professionals to build skills to manage thriving projects and teams.

Enroll in Impact Academy and:

  • Clarify what you want to change, how to manage projects, where you’re going, and what will help you get there.
  • Learn from top-notch practitioners and experts on topics such as: market research, creating robust business models, social media strategy and building finance plans.
  • Build relationships with a cohort of like-minded innovators and get support from a peer network in a creative setting.
  • Access practical tools and resources that can be used to execute your project.
  • Get connected with seasoned practitioners, entrepreneurs, and mentors for advice and guidance.
  • Access a dynamic coworking community through The HUB.

5 Workshops

1. CLARIFY
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Michael Lachapelle of Business Model Fulcrum

Understand the big picture. Test your assumptions. Learn methods for defining complex problems. Solidify, organize, and present your idea using industry standard tools like the Business Model Canvas.

2. NAVIGATE 
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Instructors: Fiona Wright of Systems Lens and Jonathan Wade of CISED
Ensure your project is feasible, learn what market research data you need, and how to move forward. Set yourself up with market research tools to deliver a viable project. Find your brand space and understand your users.

3. FUND 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Instructors: Karim Harji of Purpose Capital and Christa Casey of Welch LLP
Understand the basics about social financing models, sources, and requirements. Leave with skills to manage your finances effectively and prepare your project for the scrutiny of financial partners.

3. BOOST
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Anastasia Valentine of Sandbox PM
Increase your productivity by learning smarter, faster, and cheaper ways to collaborate and get stuff done. Acquire tips on attracting and retaining users and how to be strategic with your social media.

4.  AMPLIFY 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Instructor: Dennis Van Staalduinen of Brandvelope
Make yourself heard! Learn what goes into building a solid outreach platform and practice fine-tuning your pitch to different stakeholder groups.

In addition to the interactive workshops and coaching, participants will join a small peer groups that will meet once between each session. Discuss challenges, opportunities and successes, and share feedback and resources.

Whether you’re focusing on a social enterprise idea, managing a nonprofit project, or looking for hands-on professional development, Impact Academy is for anyone who wants to be more effective in their ability to make a difference!

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