Month of the Entrepreneur: May 2012 April 4, 2012 RICCentre By: Fatema Fatakdawala As we approach the month of May 2012, entrepreneurs should mark their calendars for the following two exciting conferences/trade shows that the RIC Centre will be participating in. May 11 – Toronto Entrepreneur’s Conference (TEC) 2012 7:30am – 5pm at Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON The TEC is designed to provide both emerging and experienced entrepreneurs with the opportunity to expand their professional network, hear success stories from their fellow entrepreneurs and obtain tips and opportunities to understand what it takes to grow their business and stay thriving. The speakers’ agenda for this conference has been designed for established and new businesses that want to learn strategies on how to handle existing issues (sales, financing, human resources, business valuation, etc.) within their organization. Moreover, this is a great networking opportunity for business owners to exchange best practices and gain valuable insights from each other. The conference ticket prices are as follows with a complimentary admission to the trade show upon purchase: In Advance (Before May 11, 2012): $79.00 (including HST) Door Price (May 11, 2012): $99.00 (including HST) Click here to register. For more information, email conference@TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca and follow @TOEntrepreneur on Twitter. May 14-15 – OCE Discovery 2012 9am – 5pm at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremnar Boulevard, Toronto, ON Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities. The conference is well attended with over 2,600 participants and more than 330 exhibitors. It is an exhibition of leading-edge technologies, success stories and research from sectors such as health sciences, advanced manufacturing, digital media and clean tech, including energy, environment and water. Keynote industry speakers and panel discussions will be geared towards knowledge-sharing and new perspective generation between entrepreneurs. Networking opportunities between government, industry, academia and entrepreneurs will facilitate the exchange of ideas and encourage new ways to collaborate. Creating a strong innovation economy is not only the goal of Discovery, but also the key to growth in the Ontario business environment. The conference ticket prices are as follows: Early Bird Fees (Before April 13, 2012): $575.00 and $75.00 for students Regular Fees (After April 13, 2012): $825.00 and $85.oo for students Click here to register. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org So a shout to all entrepreneurs out there! Hurry and buy your tickets today to gain early bird ticket prices for these two great conference opportunities to learn from and network with professionals and experienced entrepreneurs in your respective sectors. Fatema joins the RIC team as the Communications Officer responsible for marketing, social media, event and web management. She is a graduate student pursuing her final year in the Master of Biotechnology program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.