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Local start-ups think globally

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Medicine Hat College’s Global Entrepreneurship Week is fostering startups in Medicine Hat.

November 14, 2017

Medicine Hat College is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 15-17, with seminars led by successful business leaders.

College students and the community are invited to attend the annual week of talks and workshops to nurture ideas or expand an established business.

“We have seen some attendees pursue entrepreneurship and grow successful businesses after coming to these events,” says Christie Dick, entrepreneur advisor at Medicine Hat College’s Entrepreneur Development Centre. “Many also choose to develop a plan through the Start-up Company Program.”

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the community will explore how to expand their business with e-commerce, learn how intellectual property rights could influence their creative process and discover what it takes to bring technology to the market.

Township Tees and Rustic Pickle are just two local businesses that have flourished on e-commerce sites such as Shopify. On Nov. 15 more entrepreneurs can learn how to expand their customer base, too. Ashley Jansen, CEO of Code & Effect, will lead a workshop to teach retailers how to expand their customer base beyond city limits.

But how do entrepreneurs protect their rights to the creative work they could potentially sell online? An informal session will have faculty and students showcasing their works and how intellectual property requirements affected their creative processes.

Entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to learn how to bring new technology to the marketplace from an accomplished entrepreneur. Medicine Hat College alumnus Victoria Brilz built a global sports electronics company and will share her advice and insight on marketing innovative technology products.

Indeed, everything from creative services to technology to art is thriving in Canada’s sunniest city with help from community events like Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week events are a result of a partnership between the Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) at Medicine Hat College, Apex, Alberta Innovates and RBC.  

Events are free to attend by registering on the Eventbrite website.