Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Programs

Toronto's MaRS Discovery District is one of the world's largest urban innovation centres, cultivating high-impact ventures and equipping innovators to drive economic and social prosperity in Canada. MaRS supports entrepreneurs in the sectors of media and technology, cleantech and healthcare by providing them with advice, education and market research, and connecting them to talent, customers and capital. An independent registered charity, MaRS also works with private and public sector partners to create solutions that open market access for ventures and generate social impact.

Position Summary

MaRS offers experiential workshops (www.marsdd.com/workshops) that help early stage technology entrepreneurs with marketing communications, B2B sales processes, pitching, customer development and business models in a small group setting, and we’re looking for someone who loves the idea of designing and facilitating these very popular sessions for entrepreneurs around Ontario. Drawing on your own experience and exposure to business-building, you’ll have the opportunity to support and guide our entrepreneurial clients with frameworks and knowledge to help them build key business components for their startup.

The Facilitator will be responsible for the design and delivery of high quality client workshops and other educational programs for the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE) under the Business Acceleration Program (BAP) at MaRS.

Key Job Responsibilities

As part of the MaRS Education team and the Business Acceleration Program (BAP), and reporting to the Director, Entrepreneurship Education, the Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Education is responsible for the planning, design and delivery of workshops and other advanced entrepreneurship educational programs for the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE) across the province.

Responsibilities include:

• Work closely with other members of the ONE network and the MaRS Education team to effectively assess client requirements for advanced education.

• Plan and design different series of live workshops for the Business Acceleration Program (BAP) in tandem with other facilitators and subject matter experts. These workshops are primarily based upon MaRS’ Entrepreneur’s Toolkit resources (i.e. such as the models and activities found in the workbooks) and advisor input, and cover topic areas as defined by the needs of clients. Current workshops cover topics such as building a value proposition, business model, and pitch deck; designing and executing a marketing communications strategy; making a business plan; and sales planning. For each workshop, there will need to be a structured course outline, PowerPoint slide deck, an Instructors Manual and any other course elements that may be required.

• Facilitate up to 8 4-hour workshops a month (approximately 8 days); introducing key concepts and guiding entrepreneurs through models and strategies to help them grow their businesses. An advisor from each of the Regional Innovation Centres in the ONE network will co-facilitate the workshops with the Facilitator. The facilitation of courses across the ONE network will involve travel within the GTA and the province.

• Provide mentorship to clients in a workshop setting in such areas as strategic and business planning, market planning, customer and product development, marketing communications, sales planning, fund raising, and other areas. Candidate must possess a solid understanding of the venture creation process to be able to provide just in time, relevant guidance, mentoring and advice to clients during workshops.

• Assist the education team in identifying and recruiting appropriate subject matter experts to contribute to the design and delivery of workshop programs. As part of a team of professionals, the Facilitator will be working proactively to draw on the skills and knowledge of other team members across the ONE network.

• Surveying program attendees; improving programs based on feedback. Integrating MaRS’ online educational resources such as articles, videos or workbooks from the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit (www.marsdd.com/entrepreneurs-toolkit) into programs where relevant.

• Keep abreast of entrepreneurship education and current sector and/or domain knowledge (i.e. Steve Blank, Lean Startup, etc.), including following current events, breakthroughs, and trends happening in technology industries.

• Other programs and duties agreed upon from time to time to support the Education team


• Entrepreneurship experience (former or current)
• Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Applied Science, Business, or equivalent, and 5+ years of relevant management, sales, industrial, research or business development experience in technology, ideally with venture backed start-ups
• Highly developed analytical and interpretive skills, conceptual thinker, able to solve complex problems
• Experience working in a start-up or of angel/venture capital investing an asset
• A background in education or facilitation or experience teaching or coaching is an asset
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (oral and written)
• Demonstrated facilitation and presentation skills
• Collaborative team player who thrives on coordinating and interacting with multiple people and on multiple projects and who is able to manage shifting priorities
• Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills: ability to manage details without losing sight of the big picture
• Demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and new technologies and helping start-up companies
• A self-starter with personal accountability and a commitment to achieving and exceeding goals and objectives
• Flexibility and adaptability to seize new opportunities and change existing programs to further meet and exceed clients’ needs.

Working Conditions

• Travelling within Ontario is required


• This is a part time (2 days per week), 6 month contract

Date Posted:
Dec 10, 2013 10:07 AM PST

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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