As more businesses “go green”, greater emphasis is being placed on developing sustainable products. This shift is helping to create opportunities for entrepreneurs to bring new innovative solutions to market—re-inventing entire business models in the process. Whether starting a new business or re-vamping an existing one to be more environmentally friendly, the new “green economy” will be the growth driver of the future.
Led by Karen Dubeau, Executive Director of the Kingbridge Innovation Hub, this workshop will explore the concept of “greenpreneurship”. Topics such as what the green economy is, how the principles of greenpreneurship can be applied to help start and grow companies, what the competitive landscape looks like and available funding opportunities will be covered. Examples of companies leading the development of the new economy and their strategies will be highlighted, with best practices that participants can apply in their own initiatives.
About the Facilitator
Karen Dubeau is the Executive Director of the Kingbridge Innovation Hub, an organization that seeks to discover, demonstrate and scale innovative solutions in the Green Economy. Projects and ventures in food production, forest regeneration and naturalization, pollinator ecosystems and climate change mitigation solutions are actively underway on the 113-acre property that houses both the Kingbridge Innovation Hub and the Kingbridge Conference Centre.
Karen is an experienced entrepreneur and change agent, having founded a successful Ottawa technology firm that pioneered Canada’s SchoolNet, a national K-12 educational program. She has direct experience with mergers and acquisitions, with her company being acquired by first a software engineering firm, and then a major telco. She has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses in her roles with not-for-profit business associations and regional innovation centres.
She is also a Mentor with Seneca HELIX, working with select start-ups on their funding and scaling strategies. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the province of Ontario, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
This workshop is a part of Career Recharge’s Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship series.
Career Recharge is pleased to offer a digital certificate of completion to individuals who attend all five virtual workshops in the Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship series. Note: You must log into all workshops using the same email address in order to track participation. Certificates will be distributed after the final workshop of the series.