Learn the Secrets of Being a Successful Entrepreneur
What is the Global Startup School at Tamwood Careers?
The Global Startup School at Tamwood Careers is far from a typical business school. It is not just an incubator; a co-working space; a business accelerator. Instead, the Global Startup School is a combination of all those things.
Do you have the desire to start a business? You can come with your own business idea or develop it during the program. The Global Startup School at Tamwood Careers helps you discover your passion, develop your talents, and achieve your goals. By combining the traditional business school model of lectures and seminars with the lean startup, hands-on model of incubators and accelerators, you will learn the skills and knowledge to either launch your own business, work in a startup, or work as an innovator for a big business.
Be an Entrepreneur
Reasons To Start Your Own Business Rather Than Work For Someone Else:
1. Have the flexibility that comes with being your own boss
2. Earn more income
3. Have control over decision making
4. Pick the team you want to work with
5. Your legacy—make your mark on the world!
Become an Entrepreneur
The best program for you would be:
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Work in a Startup
Reasons To Work In A Startup Rather Than In A Corporate Job:
1. Responsibilities are more but you learn more too
2. More career opportunities in the future
3. Get inspired to see things differently by working with innovators
4. Get credit for your work
5. Work in a lively, fun and inspiring environment
Be an Intrapreneur
Be An Intrapreneur In A Corporate Job
For those who don’t want to venture out on their own for any variety of reasons, you can be entrepreneurial in becoming an intrapreneur — one who leverages the entrepreneurial spirit and tactics without the financial risk.
It’s reported that 58% of managers are either very willing or extremely willing to support employees who want to capitalize on a new business opportunity within their company (Source: Promote Yourself, by Dan Schawbel). In established companies, the demand for employees who can see things differently—developing, testing, and successfully launching new products or market ideas—is exploding. In the Global Startup School you will learn innovation, design thinking and product launch skills that will make you highly sought after for coveted jobs in big companies around the world.
What Our Students Are Saying
Forget the Classroom
While some of your learning will take place in a classroom, most will happen when you get your hands dirty working on your business project. Each course comes with a series of relevant tasks to complete your project. New entrepreneurs and mentors will join the program in each module to share their wisdom, tips, techniques, advice, and coaching. Our experienced instructors are on-site to assist you as you work through the assignments, build your business plan, and develop your pitch presentation.
Work While Studying
Living abroad can be costly, but at the Global Startup School @ Tamwood Careers you can earn money while you study to help with living expenses. No matter which Careers program you’re in, your Canadian study permit will allow you to work part-time (20 hours per week) during the study term and full time (40 hours per week) during your term breaks.
Tamwood Careers offers workshops, hiring fairs, and tools, like a Hot Jobs List, to assist you in finding work fast! Most students find entry-level jobs in hospitality, retail, or tourism and earn an average of $11-$15 per hour.
All students must bring a laptop running Windows 10 or a MAC with OS X 10.9 for later use in their program. Since startups often have to launch on a very limited budget, our students utilize mostly free software programs for their assignments. Workshops are regularly run on campus to help students master the functions of the electronic equipment and get familiar with new software. Google suite enables you to access content and guidelines via your virtual classroom app and create collaborative documents.
Build Relationships in the Vancouver Startup Community
Besides participating in Vancouver’s hottest new program in entrepreneurship, you will pitch your startup to a panel of entrepreneurs and business professionals, attend networking and learning events at local incubators and accelerators and connect with business, law, technology, marketing and finance experts from many fields. Come experience the vibrant Vancouver Startup Scene – we’ll teach you how to build a startup from business plan to execution, in real-world, accelerated terms.
Develop a Viable Business Idea and Apply for Immigration
We coach our students on how to pitch the business they developed in the Global Startup School to designated Canadian investors. If they get support from one of these investors they can apply for the Canadian Startup Visa with the aim of immigrating to Canada.
To learn more about this immigration program and how to get permanent resident status through it, visit the Startup Visa page of the CIC website.
In every module you will participate in a pitch day. This is where Tamwood’s student entrepreneurs and business leaders get the opportunity to test their business and product concepts on real-world, experienced business owners and investors. In every round of pitching, you will get valuable feedback and presentation experience.
Entrepreneurship Taught by Entrepreneurs
Learn from some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startup experts in Vancouver. Ask questions and get valuable insight into the world of business.
"GSS provides knowledge and skills from real entrepreneurs and people with many years of experience. Classes are focused on practical education, unlike other colleges."
"I am totally surprised with GSS. It's much more than I expected. It's not like the typical business school—it's practical. We go out often to visit a startup, connect with entrepreneurs, and attend events."
"During the program you will find the way to land an idea to a real business."
"The Entrepreneurship & Innovation program goes beyond the classroom and makes you take action to create your own business."
Recent Industry Guests
Commercial Director & Co-Founder at Punk
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President & CEO of Meetingmax
Richmond Director at Startup Grind
CEO at Addy
Founder & Chief Executive Officer at MyNuk (former GSS student)
Head of OEM Sales & Marketing, WW HP Partnership at Microsoft