Net Impact Ryerson and the Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone’s Third Learning Exchange

Net Impact Ryerson and the Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone’s Third Learning Exchange

On Friday March 17th, 10 Ted Rogers MBA and MScM students participated in Net Impact’s third Learning Exchange with Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone. The initiative connects students with entrepreneurs who are looking for advice on how to tackle the next steps of their social ventures.

The three social ventures participating in the exchange were My Grief Now, Source My Garment, and Tees That Feed. Each entrepreneur gave the group an overview of their business and the issues that they were struggling with in driving forward. The students then broke up into smaller learning circles to help each entrepreneur, by passing along business knowledge and providing resources and guidance for further research or assistance.

The students benefited from hands on experience working with a real business, and gaining exposure to the types of issues that these entrepreneurs face. One group advised their entrepreneur on his value proposition, clarifying its purpose within the business model he was working on, and directed him to external resources that would help him continue on his own.

Another group worked on creating a go to market strategy and implementation timeline for a garment manufacturing consultancy, and the third worked on funding strategies for a social enterprise aimed at feeding Canada’s underprivileged youth through sales of branded t-shirts. All three entrepreneurs requested further contact with the student groups, demonstrating the value delivered by the students.

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