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Entrepreneurship Research Workshops

This guide outlines the suite of entrepreneurship research workshops provided by the library, including Co-Curricular Record and other workshops. Workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff at the university.

Events and courses in the community

Aside from U of T Library workshops and online resources, there are lots of free and paid, virtual and in-person education options out there.

U of T IP Education Course
The Intellectual Property (IP) Education Course is an interactive online course from University of Toronto Entrepreneurship on the foundations of intellectual property. This two-hour course is freely available to all U of T students from all disciplines, as well as post‚Äźdoctorate fellows, faculty and staff on Quercus. Successful completion of Level 1 will be recognized on a student’s Co-Curricular Record as a Knowledge Creation and Innovation credential. No prior knowledge of IP is required. Sign up today at

Engineering Entrepreneurship Series
Hosted by U of T Engineering, the goal of this series is to have real entrepreneurs come in and tell the stories of their companies and share their experiences—we invite recent graduates as well as a variety of veteran entrepreneurs for you to learn from.

MaRS Startup Toolkit online resources cover everything from product development and business planning to fundraising, sales and marketing.

Udacity online course "How to Build a Startup: The Lean Launchpad," created by customer development guru, entrepreneur, and author Steve Blank, is used as curriculum at U of T accelerators and elsewhere. (You might also want to read his book.) 

Creative Commons content from Y Combinator president Sam Altman's course at Stanford, How to Start a Startup, is openly available online.

U of T School of Continuing Studies offers five-week intro courses to aspects of starting your own business including business plans, sales and marketing, market research, HR and more. A certificate program is offered for those who wish to complete a suite of courses.

Toronto Public Library offers an eight-week Business Inc. course for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Ryerson Startup School provides practical education on topics curated to accelerate a startup’s growth. Join top industry experts, academic thought leaders and seasoned entrepreneurs as they lead sessions on the topics crucial to entrepreneurial success. Open to the public.

Several organizations in Toronto provide for-fee in-person and online instruction in coding and programming, including Ladies Learning Code, HackerYou, and Bitmaker. On campus, try the MADLab for free mobile app development and 3D printing support or a student club like IEEE.