The Hunter Hub's WELab program is the first of its kind in Alberta. WELab is an entrepreneurship education program, designed to support the next generation of women entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators.
Open to: University of Calgary female-identifying undergraduate and graduate students. Our workshops and resource page is also open to female-identifying staff and faculty members interested in building an idea into reality.
2019/2020 WELab Stream: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). In upcoming years, we will focus on other disciplines to meet our students’ needs.
WELab's program activities:
- Mentoring sessions (in person and recorded videos)
- Entrepreneurial workshops
- Networking and social events
- Cohort programming
- Digital resource page to support women entrepreneurs
- Building the University of Calgary as a hub for women-led innovation, UToday 2019
WELab Digital Resource:
- Please click here.
- Entrepreneurial training workshops: Beginning in October 2019, WELab will be offering entrepreneurial training workshops with experienced entrepreneurs, changemakers and leaders in STEM. All workshops will be recorded. Please see below for a listing of our recorded workshops.
- WELab Hub, a women entrepreneurship resource page: We will be offering a resource page to centralize resources, templates, and funding sources for women entrepreneurs and changemakers.
- Networking events among other offerings throughout the year.
Mentor Volunteer Opportunities
We have mentor opportunities for experienced STEM entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals interested in supporting the next generation of female changemakers and entrepreneurs.
Format of workshops: Our entrepreneurial training workshops are 1-1.5 hours where entrepreneurs teach mentees a skill set related to their field. For each workshop, we include 20-30 minutes of Q&A for mentees/participants to ask specific questions to receive the mentorship they need to pursue their professional or entrepreneurial endeavours.
Number of participants per workshop: 25-30 (may change based on demand)
Mentor time commitment: To accommodate mentors' busy schedules, we have structured their involvement in a way that requires a 2 -5-hour commitment. The workshop is roughly an hour to an hour and a half and the remaining time is spent on mentors preparing their PowerPoint slide decks or presentation to teach mentees.
Here is an example of an alumni —Christiana Manzocco, teaching students participants how to build a consulting business in the same workshop format.
Workshop dates: We will be hosting WELab mentorship workshops in October 2019 to Summer 2020.
Contacts: To register as a mentor, please contact Elise Ahenkorah, Programs and Partnerships Specialist, WELab at email@example.com with your picture and biography to begin the process. Elise will follow up with details for setting up a workshop that aligns with mentors’ expertise.
Entrepreneurial Training Workshop Videos
1. Workshop: Building Social Enterprises in STEAM
Mentor - Dr. Gina Cherkowski - Founder of STEM Learning Lab and Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder of EdgeMakers
On Wednesday, October 30th, the first WELab mentorship workshop was hosted. Attendees gathered valuable entrepreneurial advice and expertise from Dr. Cherkowski. To view the workshop, please click here.
Speed Mentor Session Guidelines
Students participating in our speed mentor sessions must agree to the following expectations:
- Use professional and respectful communication during speed mentor sessions.
- Accept personal responsibility for career and entrepreneurial development.
- Use professional and respectful communication during workshops. Treat others how you would like to be treated.
- Come to your mentor session workshops on time.
- Listen and keep an open mind so that you can benefit from the experiences, insights, and advice of your mentor. In this spirit,
- Be open and willing to discuss your professional or entrepreneurial goals with your mentor.
- Be able to pitch your ideas/goals within 1-2 minutes, if you are interested in sharing.
- Remember that all mentors are volunteers. Treat their time and contributions as valuable.
- Please do not ask or expect your mentor to give you things such as a job, funding or an internship etc.
- If you must reschedule or cancel your space at a workshop, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org as far in advance as possible so we can offer your space to other interested students.