Self-paced courses to launch or build your startup
Ready to build or launch your startup? Sign up for our free, online series of courses to learn about market validation, sales, marketing, hiring, recruitment and more.
Market Validation Training program
Market Validation Training (MVT) is a free, self-guided online program, open to anyone in BC with a tech or small business idea. It covers the basic fundamentals for entrepreneurs like you to test, validate, and strategically build your business.
By signing up, you’ll be joining over 1500 entrepreneurs in BC who have completed the course.
Complete coursework for a free mentoring session
Need more support? Get up to two free mentoring sessions by completing online modules and worksheets:
- Complete slides 3-8 in your MVT playbook and a submission worksheet to receive a complimentary venture assessment with an Executive in Residence (EiR).
- Earn a second mentoring session when completing the entire playbook.
How to request your mentoring session(s):
- Download and complete the playbook (.pptx)
- Download and complete the submission worksheet (see below for directions on how to download the worksheet)
- Email us your completed playbook and worksheet to set up your appointment
How to download the worksheet:
- Copy workshop questions to a Word or Google doc, and complete them to the best of your ability.
- For Google Drive, sign in to your Google account. Then, click File > Make a copy > Save to My Drive. We recommend making an MVT folder to organize your worksheets.
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Market Validation Training Program
Explore topics including:
- Explore Innovation: You and Your Idea
- Getting Started with the Business Model Canvas
- Get to Know Your Customer
- Exploring Markets and Market Type
- Getting Your Product to Market
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