Impact Centre symposium explores entrepreneurial work-integrated learning

September 9, 2019 by A&S News

The Impact Centre in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto’s upcoming “Beyond Incubation” symposium is looking to bring entrepreneurial educators — instructors, educational developers, quality assurance professionals, program managers, researchers and entrepreneurs themselves — together to explore the evolving landscape of entrepreneurship education.

“We’re committed to helping train the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Alon Eisenstein, experiential learning educator at the Impact Centre. “This conference will specifically explore experiential learning approaches in accelerators and incubators — as well as facilitate knowledge exchange between the Centre and incubators and accelerators in other post-secondary institutions across Canada.”

sign up and more infoKeynote speakers are the Impact Centre’s founding director M. Cynthia Goh — a professor of chemistry and the academic director of U of T Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto as well as the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education director Creso Sá — a professor of higher education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

The conference agenda includes a number of panels, speakers and discussions aimed at measuring the success of curricular and extra-curricular programs that encourage and support student-led venture creation, capturing the learning that takes place in accelerators and incubators beyond economic metrics such as jobs created, valuation, investment secured and more.

Highlights include:

  • Engaged Pedagogy, Work Integrated Learning and Social Innovation as Practiced in the George Brown College Social Innovation Hub, Professor Natalie Wood, Stephanie Cole, Yoanna Lee, George Brown College
  • How EPICentre Measures its Program Success as a Campus-Linked Accelerator, Wen Teoh, EPICentre, University of Windsor
  • Entrepreneurial Work Integrated Learning as a Driver for Socio-Economic Change, Kasey Dunn, ICUBE, UTM
  • This Venture Has Failed Successfully: Acknowledging the Complementary Nature of Entrepreneurial Learning and Venture Performance, Professor Robert Steinbauer, Brock University