BMC Canada Canada’s Business Model Competition Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:23:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 https://s3.amazonaws.com/siteclub-cdn/template.siteclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/04172451/cropped-cropped-CBMC-Logo-1462x226-32x32.png BMC Canada 32 32 Why Students Choose to Come to Dalhousie University to Become Entrepreneurs and Graduates Stay in Halifax to Launch Their Businesses /students-choose-come-dalhousie-university-become-entrepreneurs-graduates-stay-halifax-launch-businesses/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:11:37 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=937 Dalhousie University’s Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship is home for two real movers and shakers: Dr. Ed Leach, the Director, and Dr. Mary Kilfoil, the Academic Lead. Ed and Mary have created a collaborative space for students from all faculties to grow as entrepreneurs and innovators. With their Launch Dal programming, Ed and Mary have given students the tools they need to successfully launch businesses.

Dr. Mary Kilfoil at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards Ceremony

Dr. Mary Kilfoil at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards Ceremony

Ed and Mary have hosted and organized a multitude of events for student entrepreneurs: Democamp, Pitch 101, Startup Weekends, and of course, Canada’s Business Model Competition. In addition, their industry leading course, Starting Lean, has received national recognition with Dr. Mary Kilfoil receiving Start Up Canada’s Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award in 2014!

However, Ed and Mary will be the first to tell you, it’s not about them, it’s about the students and what they are able to achieve.
I sat down with two of their past students to learn about their experience with entrepreneurship at Dal and the business model canvas. Both of them have graduated and are making their way as entrepreneurs in Halifax! Click below to read about their stories:

 

Megan McCarthy: An Entrepreneur who Came from Away and Chose to Stay in Halifax

Callum Mayer: An Entrepreneur who Grew up in the Maritimes and Chooses to Stay in Halifax

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Local Entrepreneurs from Dal: Callum Mayer /local-entrepreneurs-dal-callum-mayer/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:08:12 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=930 Startup Weekend Entrepreneur Halifax Dalhousie

Callum Presenting at a Startup Weekend Event

Callum Mayer grew up in the Maritimes and studied at Dalhousie University where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance. Callum wanted to become an entrepreneur from an early age, especially when he saw the success of local entrepreneurial ventures, such as Pete’s Fr00tique. For his third co-op, Callum undertook an Entrepreneurial Work Term (EWT) with one of his friends.

They started a company, called “Student Shine”. The business offered student driven services for property maintenance, such as pressure washing and window and gutter cleaning. After one successful year of operation, Callum wanted to focus on new business ventures and their team partnered with transferred their operations to Freshman Services.

From the outside, Callum is clearly an entrepreneur at heart. Callum met Mary in the Innovation class at Dalhousie University. Similar to Megan, he was invited to participate in a Startup Weekend Event and loved it. He has since participated in the Summer UP accelerator program at Dal, as well as, Propel ICT’s Launch 36 Accelerator.

Callum explains the significant role events that the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship runs, such as Pitch Competitions, the summer accelerator, and Canada’s Business Model Competition play for student entrepreneurs. The events help students expand their network, access mentoring, find a space to work and focus, as well as, give them access to much needed funding to advance their businesses.

As our conversation wraps up, I wonder why Callum has not decided to leave and he describes the same culture that I had heard earlier from Megan. The Halifax startup community has a unique and genuine, “pay it forward” mentality. Callum describes it as being able to reach out to nearly anyone and having them be willing to help out because everyone wants to see everyone succeed here!

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Local Entrepreneurs from Dal: Megan McCarthy /local-entrepreneurs-dal-megan-mccarthy/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:05:28 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=935 Megan McCarthy Entrepreneur Halifax DalhousieMegan McCarthy is originally from Calgary, Alberta. She did three years of an engineering degree and a stint in the oil and gas industry before relocating to Halifax, NS. Megan completed a Bachelor of Management, Environment, Sustainability, and Society at Dalhousie University where she met Ed while taking one of his classes. Ed encouraged her to participate in a Startup Weekend event and she loved it!

Since then, she has participated and mentored in a total of six startup weekend events. Megan has started multiple businesses and in 2013 she won the Rowe School of Business’ Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Megan is also President of Dalhousie University’s Cryptocurrency Club.

After graduating, Megan has found that the Halifax startup community is the best place for her to live, work, and grow. She mentions the tight knit community’s willingness to collaborate and live up to their “pay it forward” attitude as one of the key benefits to working in this startup community. Megan explains that Halifax is the right size because there is an abundance of resources, but you can also find your niche, become an expert, and make a name for yourself.

Megan attributes much of her business success to the business model canvas, which she still uses with clients in her consulting work. She says it “just makes sense” to use the business model canvas rather than building a big static business plan because the lean process of customer discovery and validation is much better.

Megan McCarthy has thought about moving back west, but she has decided that what she has built in Halifax with this community and it’s opportunities and lifestyle is too great to leave.

And we are excited to welcome Canada’s Business Model Competition teams here in March so they can see what it’s all about!

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Announcing Canada’s Business Model Competition 2015 /announcing-canadas-business-model-competition-2015/ Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:53:38 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=912 The Starting Lean Initiative in collaboration with Deloitte, McInnes Cooper, Dalhousie University and the Rowe School of Business is excited to announce they will be hosting Canada’s Business Model Competition (CBMC) again! The event will take place at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia from March 13-14.

Student entrepreneurs from across Canada are invited to compete using Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas. This tool uses an approach driven by a question, hypothesis, and validation process to create innovative business models that solve real problems. Entrepreneurs will be judged on how well they ‘get out of the building’, find a problem, nail a solution, and incorporate feedback from customers. They will also be judged on how well they have adapted their concept to meet customer wants and needs.

Canada's Business Model Competition 2014

Meet student innovators from across Canada!

Canada’s Business Model Competition is a great opportunity for student entrepreneurs to meet new people, collaborate with some of the most innovative students in Canada, expand their networks, share their story and receive feedback from successful academic practitioners and industry experts..

Each team of student entrepreneurs will compete for first, second, or third place to win a share of a $50,000 (cash +in-kind) prize package provided by Deloitte. In addition, CBMC has been sanctioned as the national qualifier competition for the International Business Model Competition (IBMC); therefore, the winning team at CBMC will advance to compete at Stanford University!

Networking at Canada's Business Model Competition 2014

Networking at Canada’s Business Model Competition 2014

Canada’s Business Model Competition registration is now open and accepting applications! Each team must complete an 8-minute submission video. The CBMC website has plenty of resources to help your team determine your eligibility, prepare your 8-minute submission video, and get more information for the event!

Spaces are limited; so, don’t wait to apply!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Starting Lean Initiative’s Manager of Projects and Programs, Akram Al-Otumi at akram-alotumi@dal.ca

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A Fireside Chat with Steve Blank /fireside-chat-steve-blank/ Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:15:47 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=677 “Of course you can teach entrepreneurship, but the real question[…] is who can you teach it to?” “I believe that you can only teach it to the segment of the population who raise their hand and desperately want to learn it” – Steve Blank

On Friday, March 14th over 100 entrepreneurs, students, academics, government employees and investors came out to a fireside chat given by Steve Blank. During the chat he provided valuable insights into entrepreneurship, education and regional development.

Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded or participated in eight Silicon Valley startups. Of these startups, four have gone public. After 21 successful years in the business world, he retired and wrote Four Steps to the Epiphany and The Startup Owner’s Manual. He also developed the Lean Launchpad canvas and is credited as one of the primary instigators of the Lean Startup movement. Steve teaches entrepreneurship to both graduate and undergraduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Columbia University, Stanford University, Caltech and University of California San Francisco.

He appeared as part of Canada’s Business Model Competition. The competition is a two-day event in which 17 teams from across Canada competed for a $50K prize package from Deloitte. The first place winner, a software startup called Teknically from Wilfred Laurier University, will advance to the International Business Model Competition at Brigham Young University, in Provo Utah.


The purpose of the fireside chat and of the conference is to help educate and empower passionate and energetic students to build a better world by contributing solutions to societal challenges and in the process creating companies and jobs to drive the Canadian economy forward.

Steve Blank’s fireside chat accomplished this mission in spades. Attendees had some pretty interesting takeaways that will help them in moving forward their venture:

*Written by Thomas Battle, with contribution from Philip Mai

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Student Entrepreneurs Compete for Seat at Brigham Young /student-entrepreneurs/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:28:29 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=667 Media Release

March 16, 2014

 

Student Entrepreneurs Compete for Seat at Brigham Young

 

A team of student entrepreneurs from Wilfrid Laurier University has won first prize at the second annual Canada’s Business Model Competition held March 14-15 at Dalhousie University’s Rowe School of Business.

Canada’s Business Model Competition is the national qualifier competition for the International Business Model Competition and is organized by the Starting Lean Initiative, a project of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Rowe School of Business. The two-day event had teams registering from across Canada to attend a panel discussion and fireside chat with Steve Blank on Friday and to compete for the Canadian finals on Saturday. The first place winner will advance to the International Business Model Competition at Brigham Young University, in Provo Utah later this spring.

The teams of student entrepreneurs competed for a share of the $50,000 Deloitte Smart Launch Award. First place Teknically from Wilfrid Laurier University received $25,000 in cash and in-kind services from Deloitte, second place Sparkgig from the University of Waterloo earned a $15,000 prize package and Santé West from the University of British Columbia a $10,000 package.

  • Teknically from University of Wilfrid Laurier: Teknically builds software as a service solutions that solve problems for small businesses.
  • Sparkgig from the University of Waterloo: Sparkgig is an online marketplace that connects performers to event opportunities or gigs.
  • Santé West from the University of British Columbia: Santé West has developed a knee brace that uses partial load bearing technology to reduce injury recovery time.
  • StudentFresh from Memorial University: StudentFresh is a web service that connects students freelancers to local employers.

“Deloitte is proud to partner with Canada’s Business Model Competition as we present new ways of thinking about innovation and entrepreneurship. The Deloitte Smart Launch Award is one step in our journey to help clients with every size of business to transform ideas into successes, and create more value for their business and our community,” said Brian Black, Senior Manager at Deloitte Canada, Atlantic, Deloitte.

 

Information Contact:     Colin Craig

Dalhousie Faculty of Management

Colin.craig@dal.ca

902-223-3981

 

Background Information:

 

Canada’s Business Model Competition: http://bmccanada.siteclub.pw/

 

International Business Competition: http://www.businessmodelcompetition.com

 

Steve Blank and the Udacity course EP 245 “How to Build a Startup” – https://www.udacity.com/course/ep245

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Panelists for Canada’s Business Model Competition /panelists-canadas-business-model-competition/ Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:12:03 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=617

Dr. Ted Zoller

Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

A senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Ted Zoller performs research and advises Foundation leaders on entrepreneurship strategies and programs. Zoller was director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Kenan-Flagler school of business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the founding instructor of UNC’s “Launching the Venture” course, which has increased the number of companies to spin-off from the university. Zoller is a former associate dean and a high-tech entrepreneur.

 Mike Goldsby

Dr. Mike Goldsby

Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Ball State University and Stoops Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship

Ball State University

Michael G. Goldsby, PhD is the Stoops Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and executive director of the Entrepreneurship Center in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. He teaches creativity, innovation, and design in the University’s nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in entrepreneurship. Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Program has continually earned national rankings including: Top 20 in Business Week, Success, and Entrepreneur magazines; and Top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s elite ranking. Goldsby has produced 30 refereed journal articles. He is also the co-author of Innovation Acceleration (Prentice Hall).

Jon French

Director of Marketing and Events

Next 36

Jon  is responsible for the Next 36’s program marketing, media and communications, with an emphasis on recruiting the country’s top young innovators and leaders. Jon manages relationships with prospective applicants, student organizations, national partners, university representatives and members of the start-up community.

The Next 36 is a resource-rich program designed to nurture the entrepreneurial promise of 36 undergraduates with extraordinary potential each year. It was founded by a small group of entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics in response to Canada’s need for more high-impact entrepreneurs, and is championed by Founding Patrons W. Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais, Sr. and Jimmy Pattison. For nine months, 36 young entrepreneurs are mentored by Canada’s top business leaders, taught by some of the world’s top business faculty, and work to earn funding from top venture capitalists.

 

Dr. Francine Schlosser

Associate Professor

Odette School of Business

Director (Business) Centre for Enterprise and Law

University of Windsor

Dr. Francine Schlosser  researches factors that affect the career transition and employment relationships of aging workers, volunteers, and entrepreneurs and has published 33 journal articles, chapters and cases and 50 conference presentations. She co-founded the Centre for Enterprise and Law (CEL) with Prof Myra Tawfik, the only multi-disciplinary experiential learning outreach program in Canada in which business and law students work in teams with innovative faculty and student inventors, and local entrepreneurs. Her collaboration with Professor Tawfik has attracted more than $1.6 million funding. She has been honored to accept multiple research and teaching awards including the most innovative course in entrepreneurial education from the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE 2010, with Prof. Tawfik). She was the Co-Chair of the CCSBE 2011 annual conference sponsored by the Odette School of Business in Windsor and is currently VP Programs for CCSBE and Associate Editor for Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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David Baxter

President and Co-Founder

Fiddlehead Technologies

David Baxter is the guy who’s always looking around the innovation curve to support the development of new projects. For the past year he’s applied that knowledge to Fiddlehead Technology, a start-up with co-founder Shawn Carver that provides outside-in data-driven decision support for the food and beverage industry. He was most recently VP Innovation at T4G where he supported the development of Maritime start-ups, such as MedRunner, Tribenomics and xiplinx. He is the former chair and current board member of PropelICT, a pay it forward mentoring initiative empowering Launch36, the Maritimes’ ICT accelerator program.  David is always up for change-the-world conversation especially when it comes with a running invite.

 

Dr. Mary Kilfoil

Academic Lead

The Starting Lean Initiative

a project of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship

Mary Kilfoil led the team that brought the Starting Lean Course to Dalhousie University in the Fall of 2012. This innovative course provides an experiential approach to entrepreneurship teaching by combining Lean Launchpad methodologies, a flipped classroom, and accomplished mentors – and was listed in Academia’s Top 10 courses in Canada 2013. More recently, she has led the launch of a campus-wide Innovation course as part of Dal Vision 20/20 based on Design Thinking principles. Mary has more than 20 years experience in the private sector has authored several reports and publications in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic policy.

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Canada’s Business Model Competition: It is almost here! /cbmc-flyer/ Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:51:07 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=633 Please Join us on March 14 – 15, 2014 at the Dalhousie Faculty of Management for the second annual Canada’s Business Model Competition®.

Canada’s Business Model Competition® is the national qualifier competition for the International Business Model Competition and is organized by the Starting Lean Initiative, a project of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship. This year, the Competition is a two-day event with teams arriving from across Canada to attend a panel discussion and fireside chat with Steve Blank on Friday and to compete for the Canadian finals on Saturday (with a 50K prize package from Deloitte). The first place winner will advance to the International Business Model Competition at Brigham Young University, in Provo Utah.

There are several pieces taking place over March 14th and 15th that we think you would enjoy, including:

Friday (March 14th), Potter Auditorium, Rowe Building, Dalhousie University

* (2:45 – 3:45 pm): a panel discussion with prominent thought leaders, academics and practitioners in innovation and entrepreneurship including:

  • Dr. Ted Zoller, a Kaufman scholar and the director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Dr. Mike Goldsby, Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre at Ball State and Stoops Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ball State University
  • Dr. Francine Schlosser, Director (Business) Centre for Enterprise and Law, University of Windsor
  • David Baxter, President of Fiddlehead Technology
  • Jon French,  Director of Marketing and Events at the Next36
  • Dr. Mary Kilfoil, Academic Lead for the Starting Lean Initiative, Dalhousie University

* (4:00 – 5:00 pm): a Fireside chat with Steve Blank via Skype

  • Steve Blank, Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician, the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Saturday (March 15th), 1020, Rowe Building, Dalhousie University

* (2:00 – 4:30 pm): Final Judging- Open to the public.

We hope you can join us at one or more of the public events listed above.

The Starting Lean Team

 

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Introducing: Steve Blank /introducing-steve-blank/ Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:36:39 +0000 http://www.bmccanada.ca/?p=602 As part of this year’s Canada’s Business Model Competition, the Starting Lean Initiative and Dalhousie University are excited to announce that we will be hosting a fireside chat with Steve Blank. This will be held in the Potter Auditorium at the Kenneth Rowe School of Business  at 4 pm on Friday, March 14th .

Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded or participated in eight Silicon Valley startups. Of these startups, four have gone public. After 21 successful years in the business world, he retired and wrote Four Steps to the Epiphany and The Startup Owner’s Manual. He also developed the Lean Launchpad canvas and is credited as one of the primary instigators of the Lean Startup movement. Steve teaches entrepreneurship to both graduate and undergraduate students at U.C. Berkeley, Columbia University, Stanford University, Caltech and University of California San Francisco.

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