Huron’s Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation programming puts students on the fast-track to bettering the economy and our social well-being.
Entrepreneurial, intrapreneurial and social innovation skills are essential to solving the challenges in our society. Whether you’re interested tackling big, systemic issues, addressing a consumer need, or just curious about where you fit in, Huron’s Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation programming allows our students to explore these emerging fields, learn from the experiences of others, and accelerate their growth as leaders.
Determining Your Fit
Entrepreneurs and Social Innovators come from all background. Business majors, activists and artists all have the potential to develop their skills in these areas. Huron’s unique approach to education allows all access to our programming so that they can explore and find their fit.
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How Does It Work?
Huron’s Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation programming is designed to take you on a journey that explores your passions, lowers barriers to entry and allows you to learn from the experiences of others. The result is a faster track to seeing your ideas become a reality.
Our programming consists of both practical learning and experiential skills development.
Define your organization’s objectives and how it plans to achieve its goals. A business plan lays out a written road map from marketing, financial, and operational standpoints.
Design thinking is an iterative process in which you seek to understand your users, challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions which you can prototype and test.
Prototyping is an experimental process where you take ideas and create tangible forms from paper to digital. Entrepreneurs build prototypes of varying degrees of fidelity to capture design concepts and test on users. With prototypes, you can refine and validate your designs to release the right products or services.
The lean startup set of principles focuses on developing products that consumers have already demonstrated they desire so that a market will already exist as soon as the product is launched.
Ideation is the process of forming ideas from conception to implementation. Ideation is expressed graphically, written, or verbal methods, and arises from your past or present knowledge, influences, opinions, experiences, and personal convictions.
On-demand learning is where a learner gains access to a knowledge base content in real time, anywhere and at any time.
Experiential Skills Development
A pitch competition is a contest where entrepreneurs present their business concept to a panel in the hope of winning a cash prize.
An entrepreneur in residence is where a professional entrepreneur provides students with their expertise, whether that’s investment advice or counselling for a new startup.
A mentor is a person with more experience, knowledge, and connections who is able to pass along what they have learned to students within a certain field.
Brainstorming sessions involves group meetings to discuss, draw out, explain, and write down ideas to solve problems or to create something new.
An elevator pitch is a brief (think 30 seconds!) way of introducing yourself, getting across a key point or two, and making a connection with someone.
One on One Coaching
Coaching is a practice where you meet with a coach who advises you on skills that need to be developed and honed, gives situational advice, and acts as a sounding board. The coach’s goal is to help you reach your professional goals.