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Entrepreneurs are problem solvers. They learn from failure to find innovative ways in order to bring about change in the world. Having an entrepreneurial mindset will help distinguish you in a variety of workplaces and will help accelerate your career.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Activities

Complete 4 activities and get the Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate.


Offered in collaboration with District 3, Concordia's Innovation Centre

Monday, September 30, 1 to 3 p.m., District 3 Innovation Centre (FB-600), Faubourg Tower, 6th floor

Design Thinking is a method that helps people with any background become more effective at brainstorming and iterating quickly during projects. In this session, we will experience the steps and methods involved in Design Thinking and apply them right away within tight timeframes. Through practice and discussion we will learn what it means to use Design Thinking, when it’s most effective, and how it can be used in your own projects.

Instructor: Ahmed El Wassimy


Offered in collaboration with District 3, Concordia's Innovation Centre

Monday, October 7, 1 to 3 p.m., District 3 Innovation Centre (FB-600), Faubourg Tower, 6th Floor

If you’re looking to build a company or develop your own side projects, understanding how to talk and empathize with customers is an essential ability. This session will provide you with the opportunity to practice this entrepreneurial skill and help you understand how it applies to many aspects of both start-up and professional life. By learning how to ask questions and truly listen for answers, we will learn how to extract powerful insights that can propel our ideas forward and bring them to life.

Instructor: Ahmed El Wassimy


Offered in collaboration with District 3, Concordia's Innovation Centre and Career & Planning Services

Thursday, October 24, 5 to 7 p.m., District 3 Innovation Centre (FB-600), Faubourg Tower, 6th Floor

Are you interested in entrepreneurship? Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur, have ideas but do not know where to start? Would you like to intern or work at a startup? Join us for a dynamic panel and networking event in collaboration with Concordia’s District 3. Come and hear from young and seasoned entrepreneurs who will share their journey along with the risks and the rewards of embarking in the startup industry. You will learn how you can start to build the skills and mindset needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

This panel will be moderated by Concordia’s Entrepreneur-in-residence, Charles Bierbrier. The panel will be followed by a networking event with the District 3 community.


Monday, October 28, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 4TH Space, LB Building, Sir George Williams Campus

It’s a snow day and there are no classes! What would you do with your day? Make a list/draw pictures/write a poem/sing a song to answer this question as your current self and as a 7-year old you.

This is an example of a daily opportunity where we might experiment off the beaten path. Yes, risk-taking is part of the experience and so is bringing creativity to the forefront. In fact, LinkedIn’s The Learning Blog mentioned creativity as the second most-in-demand skill for the workplace. How are you practicing and honing your creative prowess in preparation for life after graduation?

This workshop is a dynamic mix of experiential exercises, group work and information sharing to highlight the value of creativity and ways to have fun while building this C-muscle. As an added bonus, if you have a topic that could use the brainpower of fellow students, bring it to the workshop. There will be a dedicated portion of time for collaborative brainstorming.

Instructor: Niem Huynh, PhD, PPCC


Wednesday, November 20, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Room H-771, Henry F. Hall Building, Sir George Williams Campus

Are you thinking about becoming a freelancer? If you’re planning to run your own business or otherwise seeking to generate freelance contracts, regardless of your field, you will need to develop a client base. Contracting is your chance to make a first impression, determine the value of your services, and generate future business; it also sets a precedent, so can be high pressure!

In this dynamic and interactive workshop we will learn concrete tips and tricks from the field, explore various approaches and attitudes, and most importantly have a chance to practice together and lean into our growing edges around sales and contracting through experiential exercises.  Sarah has 10+ years of independent consulting, as well as a wide network of colleagues.

Instructor: Sarah Leila Manolson, M.A.


Various workshops and dates

The Technology Sandbox, where learning happens by doing, making, playing, and sharing knowledge. Come design your own sticker, 3D scan your head, race a car in virtual reality or sew wearable electronics into your favourite pair of jeans.

Emerging technologies and cutting-edge equipment at your fingertips: 3D printing, electronics, digital music, even hyperbolic crochet. Work on your personal tech project, explore virtual and augmented reality, have our digital die cutter to print your vinyl decal or attend one of our workshops to get started.

Attend a Technology Sandbox workshop or work in the space and use it to complete your FutureReady Innovation & Entrepreneurship core skill module. Make sure to fill our FutureReady reflection sheet to make it count for your certificate!

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