Curriculum & Courses

The ACE Program is delivered over a number of weeks providing entrepreneurs with courses, mentorship and practical entrepreneurial experience.

Practical Courses: You will participate in 16 two-day workshops.

Real World Learning: 16 weeks of mentorship and coaching for your venture.

ACE Program courses provide you with the opportunity to learn about and use lean start-up methodology to understand your target audience. You’ll have the opportunity to learn research techniques and gain experience building and validating a sustainable business model. Additionally, ACE Program educators work with you to develop a marketing plan for reaching customers.

All ACE programs are customized for communities and participants.

Used under license from Richard Shorty, who graciously
granted us permission to use his Eagle and Salmon

Course 1 : Creativity and Innovation to Business Idea

Outcome: Students gain a broad understanding of who they are as Aboriginal Entrepreneurs are and what they can do.

7S’s Model
  • (1) SEEING yourself in a new way to identify your unique talents and skills, then SEEING the world differently through the lens of opportunity and possibility.
  • (2) SPOTTING where and how to recognize a business opportunity in the Northwest.
Modules

A World of Opportunity and Where I Fit as an Aboriginal Entrepreneur


Stimulating and Managing Creativity


Environmental Scanning and Opportunity Recognition Capabilities for Entrepreneurs


Understanding Customers and Customer Value Creation in the Northwest

Course 2 : Business Idea to Venture Opportunity

Outcome: Students identify, develop and assess the commercial feasibility of introducing a new product, process, or service into a local, regional and/or world market.

7S’s Model
  • (3) SELECTING which one of your good ideas is your best business opportunity.
  • (4) SHAPING is the skill of refining your best business opportunity by designing and testing your optimal business model as you draft your business plan.
Modules

Opportunity Evaluation in the Northwest


Financial Measures for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs


Business Model for a Lean Start-up


Marketing Strategy and Research for Exploring Your Opportunity

Course 3 : Venture Opportunity to Viable Business Plan

Outcome: Students develop and present strategies and techniques for a comprehensive and viable venture.

7S’s Model
  • (4) SHAPING is the skill of refining your best business opportunity by designing and testing your optimal business model as you draft your business plan.
Modules

People and Leadership in the Aboriginal Entrepreneurial Venture


New Venture Financing On and Off-Reserve


Entrepreneurs as Global Citizens


The Entrepreneurial Business Plan

Course 4 : Viable Business Plan to Venture Launch & Growth

Outcome: Students develop and present strategies, techniques and plans for launching a venture.

7S’s Model
  • (4) SHAPING is the skill of refining your best business opportunity by designing and testing your optimal business model as you draft your business plan.
  • (5) SEIZING your well-developed business opportunity which is wrapped in your business plan by securing financing and setting-up your business to take flight.
Modules

Communication, Marketing and Sales Skills for Entrepreneurs


Business Law and Negotiations for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs


Venture Growth Strategies in an Aboriginal Context


Building and Using Systems in Entrepreneurial Ventures

Course 5 : Launching & Operating an Entrepreneurial Business

7S’s Model
  • (6) SOARING to new heights as you experience the thrill of spreading your wings during the critical process of launching your business. The ACE Program provides an experienced business mentor to help steady your flight and empower you to reach your personal best.
  • (7) SHARING your success is the skill of securing other corporate customers with other projects in the Northwest and ultimately SHARING your experiences and value with others in your community by hiring more employees and giving back as you and your business continue to grow.
Modules

Entrepreneurial Mentorship


New Business Launch


Community Sharing in Action

Ready to get started?

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