Greenpreneurs will run over 12-weeks, from June to September 2019.
Each week, teams can tune into the weekly webinar, meet with their mentors, and access the week's web module with a set of exercises due every sunday.
Webinars will be held weekly, and cover the topic of the week. Each webinar will include an interview with an experienced professional in the green entrepreneurship field (our "speakers"). There will be a question-and-answer period during each webinar to ensure participating teams have the opportunity to ask specific questions relevant to their enterprise.
Generally weekly webinars will run at a consistent time each week, but this is subject to change depending on the availability of our speakers. All participants will be provided with date and time details, and a link to join the live webinar at the start of each week. Webinars will be recorded to ensure the teams in conflicting time zones can catch up on the content.
Within each weekly module there will be corresponding exercises, designed to support the development of the team’s business plans. Exercises need to be completed by Sunday of the corresponding week. Feedback will be provided to the teams to help with their progress through the program. Participation in exercises will set an essential baseline for team's performance during the final competition.
Remember many of the answers are up to your interpretation based on your enterprise, but aim to do your due diligence reading through the entire module and dive deeper resources before submitting your final answers.
Having trouble with the tasks? Use the discussion platform to post the problem your having and either a Greenpreneurs program coordinator or another team will help you out.
Mentors and Subject Matter Experts will be available throughout the program to support the participating teams.
Mentors will be connected with their team on a weekly basis for the duration of the program. They will be matched with a team during Week 2 of the Program. Mentors provide advice and insights into the Weekly Modules based on their experience founding their own enterprises and initiatives.
Subject Matter Experts will support more variably, on a demand-basis. Throughout the program, teams can book time with Subject Matter Experts to gain more specific insights on their expertise in design thinking, customer interviews, financial, engineering and/or design skills.
Business Plan Competition
At the end of week 12, the fifteen teams will virtually present their five-minute project pitch on a video submission. They will also provide a budget, impact forecast, and lean social canvas, which will be assessed by a diverse panel of high-level green growth professionals.
The program will have a weighted scoring system for selecting the winning candidates. The scoring system will factor in feasibility, quality of evidence, balance of social ventures and for-profit initiatives, and participation in idea support phase of the Greenpreneurs program.
Three teams will be awarded prizes of $5,000 each of small-scale seed funding. Other benefits will be awarded as appropriate.