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Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building
222 Bremner Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario

Monday, May 14, 2012
Registration Desk Hours:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Trade Show and Forum:
1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Registration Desk Hours:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tradeshow and Forum Hours:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Discovery 12: Mentors

The Innovation Economy recognizes mentorship as a key pillar for success and Discovery is taking its mentoring event to a whole new level in 2012. With the goal of achieving World Record Status, the World's Largest Business Mentoring Event brings together the brightest minds in the innovation community to provide support and advice for Ontario's budding entrepreneurs/innovators in a timed event.

As an entrepreneur/innovator, you will be seated with a mentor for 20 rounds of 3-minute, one-on-one sessions, resulting in a total of 60 minutes of incomparable advice from 20 different experts on how to overcome challenges in your businesses and uncover new opportunities.

Entrepreneurs/Innovators will be streamed into tracks based on their business stage. The six tracks will be:

  • Startup - Concept: The entrepreneur/innovator has the idea and needs to validate and do more research
  • Startup - Development: The entrepreneur/innovator's idea has already been validated and is now building his/her business
  • Startup - Launch: The entrepreneur/innovator is now bringing his/her idea to market
  • Growth - Sales: The entrepreneur/innovator's business has demonstrated positive cash flows or earnings and is now focused on further growth through organic sales
  • Growth - Financing: The entrepreneur/innovator's business has positive cash flows or earnings and is focused on further growth through increased scale of operations or acquisition
  • Commercializing Research: The participant is an academic researcher ready to implement strategies to commercialize his/her work

In addition to the valuable advice you will receive, the World's Largest Business Mentoring Event promises to provide a chance to build long-term mentoring relationships and establish partnerships/collaborations between entrepreneurs/innovators. To register at Discovery and register to be mentored, click here.

Eligibility criteria for entrepreneurs/innovators:

  • You are an early-stage or growing business venture that is based and wholly owned and operational in Ontario
  • If in the start-up phase, you must have a well-defined business model that you are pursuing

Tips for qualifying for the World's Largest Business Mentoring Event:

  • When asked to describe your business during the registration process, you must clearly state your business model in order to be considered
  • Be sure to include what makes your business unique

Mentors include leading Canadian entrepreneurs and CEOs, angel and institutional investors, venture capitalists, sales, marketing, finance and operations specialists, officials from provincial and federal government organizations involved in the innovation space and international trade experts.

See mentors participating in the World's Largest Business Mentoring Event

Notes on registering for the World's Largest Business Mentoring Event:

  • The Business Mentoring event takes place on Monday, May 14, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Registration for Business Mentoring takes place on the Discovery registration site. You must register for Discovery to participate in the mentoring event
  • The option to apply for the Business Mentoring event occurs during Step 2 of the registration process, after selecting "Yes" to attend on Monday, May 14
  • You must fill in all applicable fields to be considered
  • Only the first 400 qualified applicants will be accepted
  • You must fill in all applicable fields to be considered
 
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