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Founder Fundamentals

Developed in partnership with the Markham Small Business Centre, Founders Fundamental is a 12-week entrepreneurial educational workshop series designed to help you gain the basic skills and understanding necessary for starting a business, while also connecting you with local resources for potential next steps as you progress in your entrepreneurial ventures.

What to expect

The Founder Fundamentals series is an industry agnostic so whether you are a professional services company, brick and mortar or technology startup, the program aims to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to kick-start your entrepreneurial career and set you up for success. Spanning across topics such as Business Plan Writing, Digital Marketing & Branding for Startups, Finance 101, Legal Basics for Entrepreneurs, this program provides a wide range of learning and is designed to support our diverse community of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs.

Individuals who attend at least 9 out of the 11 workshops, over 60 minutes each session, will receive a YSpace, York University Certificate of Completion, illustrating your dedication to learning about the essentials of launching a successful business.

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Connect with subject experts, industry professionals and link-minded entrepreneurs to work on your entrepreneurial skills.

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Industry led content

All sessions are led by seasoned entrepreneurs or industry professionals.

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Online recordings

Develop frameworks you can implement in your business operations. Recordings, templates and resource material are shared with participants.

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If you attend 9 out of the 11 workshops, over 60 minutes each session, you will receive an YSpace, York University Certificate of Completion.


Winter registration starts
January 8, 2024

Winter registration ends
April 6, 2024

Fall registration
August - December

Application process

Step: One

Sign up now for all of the sessions on our events page.

If you have any questions about the application process, email us at yspace@yorku.ca

Step: Two

Join our virtual workshop to unlock the ultimate resources for business development and growth.

Participants will get the opportunity to network with industry experts and fellow entrepreneurs, while developing a wide variety of skills needed to create a successful business.

Program eligibility

Our Founder Fundamental workshop series is open to anyone interested in developing their entrepreneurial skills.

Frequently asked

Founder Fundamentals is open to anyone who wants to learn about entrepreneurship and the building blocks of starting an entrepreneurial career.

Founder Fundamentals is industry agnostic and covers foundational topics that apply to all industries e.g. How to Write a Business Plan, Digital Marketing, Finance 101 and Legals Basics.

The program is open to everyone in the community, as long as they are dedicated to developing skills and understanding to launch their entrepreneurial ventures.

Program registrations will open in August 2023 and you can register at the YSpace Events page. The program runs every January and September of each year.

In order to receive the certificate, you must attend 9 out of 11 workshops, staying active for over 60 minutes in each session. Upon completion of the program, you will receive the certificate via email.

Online recordings are made available on the YSpace YouTube channel however you are encouraged to attend the live session in order to connect with subject experts/ industry professionals leading the sessions and to also be eligible for the YSpace Certificate of Completion.

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Sign up for all the workshops in the Founder Fundamentals Series below.

Meanwhile, you can checkout our recent content by subscribing to the
YSpace YouTube page.


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