High School Resources

High School Resources

At the Centre for Entrepreneurship, our goal is to develop and manage programs that impact Mohawk College students, alumni, and the community. By supporting high schools, we hope to inspire our youth to think more entrepreneurially. This page is your source to access programming and events that support your learning outcomes.

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E.R. Monaco Business Writing Competition

This youth program gives high school students the opportunity to enhance their skills through the development of a professional business plan. Our competition is designed to challenge your student’s entrepreneurial talents. Top 5 business plans will receive a cash prize for their efforts.

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Summer Company

Are you searching for a summer job? Have you ever wanted to start your own business around your passion or skills but are unsure of where to start? The Summer Company program can help turn your vision into reality. Be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business.

Secondary School Business Workshops

We have carefully designed a variety of workshops to introduce and educate your students on concepts related to entrepreneurship. Each workshop below includes an interactive lesson, offered either virtually or in-person, followed by an engaging activity. Although our content is applicable to a wide ranging variety of courses in secondary programs, these workshops have been designed to meet specific curriculum requirements in the following Ontario high school classes:

9 BBI1O Intro to Business
10 BBI20 Intro to Business
11 BDI3C Entrepreneurship: The Venture
11 BDP3O Entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneuring Person
11 DC030 Co-operative Education
12 BDV4C Entrepreneurship: Venture Planning in an Electronic Age
12 BOH4M Business Leadership: Management Fundamentals
12 BOG4E Business Leadership: Becoming a Leader

Relevant SHSM Programs
  • Construction
  • Health and Wellness
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Non Profit
  • Manufacturing


Entrepreneurial Leadership

Whether you manage a team or are part of one, leadership is a skill set every strong employee should carry. This interactive workshop focuses on developing leadership skills that focus on creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving. Learn the difference between leading and managing a team, identify how you can grow as a leader and gain valuable entrepreneurial skills that will push you to be more disruptive in your career. Students develop entrepreneurial characteristics and leadership skills, through innovative thinking, risk optimization and taking advantage of opportunities.

Presentation Skills

An elevator pitch is a versatile presentation style that is used to create interest in a product, service, business or person. It is a key tool all entrepreneurs use to pitch their ideas, whether it’s to investors or their audience. This workshop teaches students how to craft an elevator pitch and gives students valuable experience presenting. Students get creative designing their own pitches, in teams, as they come up with on-the-spot elevator pitches that target a specific audience.

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Entrepreneurial mindset is a combination of attitudes, skills and behaviours that support the inclination of an individual to discover evaluate and exploit opportunities. This way of thinking is for both the entrepreneur and those students who are not looking to branch out on their own, or for those program areas where entrepreneurship is not applicable. This model enables students to be more intrapreneurial, or think creatively and be more innovative with the way they approach and solve problems within the workplace.

60 Min MVP

An MVP is a company’s Minimum Viable Product or Prototype. Designing a prototype allows new products to be tested in the marketplace. Valuable market research is collected and prototypes are refined to satisfy those findings. This workshop challenges students to launch an idea that only focuses on the big picture. In teams, students brainstorm a new business idea and create a Minimum Viable Product in 60 minutes. Students learn basic web design, business communication skills, and encourages students to be innovative and think critically about promoting their business idea. The final product includes a promotional video and a website.

Business Model Canvas

The Business Model Canvas is a tool used to describe, design, challenge and pivot a company’s business model. It is a visual representation of a business plan, and it includes defining a company’s infrastructure, value proposition, marketing plan, and financials. Classes work collaboratively, using each of the nine building blocks of the canvas to fill out a Business Model Canvas using an existing brand as the case study.

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Customize Your Workshop

The Centre for Entrepreneurship will create a custom workshop that introduces entrepreneurship to your students!

The Centre for Entrepreneurship is always looking for ways to inspire our students to think entrepreneurially. Our team is prepared to customize any workshop to the needs of your class. Pick and choose different activities and design an interactive workshop that fits your classroom. We will also explore other curriculum and learning opportunities with you and find an entrepreneurship program that aligns with your class’s goals. Work with the Centre for Entrepreneurship team to design a workshop that fits your curriculum needs.


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Launched in November 2021, Centre Snacks is a podcast offering 10-15 minute mini-episodes featuring successful entrepreneurs from the Greater Hamilton Area. Ryan Anderson, Associate Dean of Business and Entrepreneurship at Mohawk College, hosts discussions that support entrepreneurship and small business growth. Season one dives deep into topics like “The Art of Disruption,” “What Makes a Good Idea,” and “How to Avoid Burn Out.” We also sit down 1-on-1 with each guest for an intimate discussion on their journey as business owners.

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MINDSHIFT is Mohawk College’s Entrepreneurship Conference. Held annually, this FREE virtual unconference offers pre-recorded workshops, panel discussions, and SURGE’s annual Pitch It To Win It! Pitch Competition. This year we are offering three workshops: The Entrepreneurial Mindset, Funding Your Business with Futurpreneur and Starting a Business in Canada. The panel discussions will showcase four impressive entrepreneurs who share how they have navigated through their entrepreneurial journey. The conference will take place from March 21 – March 23, 2024. Registration is now open! The deadline to register is March 18th at 11:30 p.m. EST.