LeapIN Online – Building an Online Community (E/SI)
April 28, 2021 | 12:00 - 12:45Track: Driving Innovation
LeapIN is a Summer Business Accelerator open to Fanshawe College students and alumni and hosted by Fanshawe College’s entrepreneurial support service – Leap Junction. This program is extra-curricular and delivered by support staff, mentors, faculty, and community members who volunteer their time to help our new entrepreneurs. LeapIN Online was a movement of our in-person accelerator to an online platform. In 2020, we were pleased to support 12 start-ups in LeapIN; we provided them with over 45 presentations, over 120 hours of programming, and $60000 in seed funding. Through LeapIN we work hard to engage our participants in learning and community building- something that was more challenging in a virtual space. In this 45-minute presentation, we will elaborate on how we kept a focus on community building as we explored this virtual format. In addition to sharing our learning, we will facilitate a discussion with workshop attendees around how you have built communities in virtual spaces.
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