I put the online version of my 3-hour Intro to Project Management workshop up for all to try as well as my 1-hour Introduction to Patents and 2-hour Financial toolkit for entrepreneurs.
I have been doing a lot of teaching at UofT over the last 7 years (since Sept 2016), at the IMI undergraduate and MBiotech levels:
- HMB301 - Biotechnology: the Science of Business and the Business of Science
- IMI302 - Business plans and project management
- BTC1820 - Agricultural and Industrial Biotechnology
- BTC1710 - Biomaterials and Proteins
- BTC1720 - Biomaterials lab
- IMI3001/3003 - Biocommercialization practicum (co-teach)
- BTC1860 - GAMBiT - Biologics and clinical trials (co-teach)
- BTC1600/1610 - Bioseminar series
- Project Management workshop (The agenda is a Gantt Chart!)
Since January 2021, I have served as the Director of the ICUBE entrepreneurship accelerator which is part of IMI at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) and one of the 12 accelerators at UofT.
I completed an interesting Coursera MOOC entitled Model Thinking, covering such topics as tipping points, Markov processes, Colonel Blotto games, auctions and replicator dynamics and am now enrolled in one on Machine Learning by Andrew Ng of Stanford.
I just finished some excellent books that details the entrepreneurial spirit, Invention: a life by James Dyson (2021), The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (2015) and Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2011). Recommended reading for all entrepreneurs!!! For one of my courses I had each student read a book about an entrepreneur, so now I have a list of their recommendations including Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (2016), It's about damn time by Arlan Hamilton (2020) and Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance (2017).
In September 2015, the UofT Engineering student entrepreneurs, that I was mentoring as part of this summer's Entrepreneurship Hatchery program, gave a great presentation at Demo day of their "indoor GPS" system (Click here for the video). In 2016, I mentored another team (re:active) developing a motion capture system that provides feedback while exercising. In 2017, I mentored a team developing an online platform for hairstylists, and am looking forward to working with a new team this summer. Between 2018-2021, the teams that I mentored were involved in saliva metabolomics, closed circuit TV ads, a symptom tracker to aid patient-doctor discussions and deep sea mining.
I went to Kevin Ashton's book launch of "How to Fly a Horse" at Rotman, UofT. His presentation was great, so I'm looking forward to reading his book which is about creation, invention and discovery. It's not a spark, but an organized, sometimes painful series of learnings and iterations.
I gave a TEDx presentation on Creative Techniques at McMaster University on March 8th, 2015.
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I'm also reading Value Proposition Design and The Innovation Paradox, both of which are excellent.
Some of my newest blogs:
Scenario planning, simulation, sensitivity analysis and innovation 22/Apr/2018
It's Crucial To Determine Who Your TRUE Customers Are 30/Aug/2016
The Factors that Influence an Investment Decision 16/Jul/2016
Risks, Assumptions, Issues & Dependencies + Scenarios = RAIDS 23/Jun/2016
RISK: Identification, Assessment and Contingency Planning 31/May/2016
Establishing Ownership, IP rights and Governance 20/Apr/2016
Listening to the Voice of the Customer 23/Mar/2016
How Do I Protect My App From Competitors 26/Feb/2016
Innovation Positivity 07/Jan/2016
Retweeted an excellent legal review of trademarks and copyrights by Brian J. Meli
Website: http://mjskok.com Michael J. Skok's website includes an excellent section of Startup Secrets. His posts are interesting as are his photos.
Quote: "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,"
Steve Jobs of Apple (1955-2011)
DRIVING GROWTH BY OPTIMIZING YOUR INNOVATION EFFORTS
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