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Founder Fundamentals: Building the Founding Team

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Founder Fundamentals is an 11-week workshop series designed to help you kickstart your entrepreneurial career.

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Interested in building your entrepreneurial skills to launch your startup?

Founder Fundamentals is an 11-week workshop series brought to you by LaunchYU and Markham Small Business Centre (MSBC) designed to help you kickstart your entrepreneurial career.

Whether you are a professional services company, brick and mortar or technology startup, the program aims to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed. Spanning across topics such as Business Plan Writing, Bootstrapping, and Setting up a Shopify Store, this program provides a wide range of learning. The program also connects you with local resources for potential next steps as you progress in your entrepreneurial ventures.

Participants who attend at least 9 out of the 11 workshops will get a Certificate of Achievement, illustrating their dedication to learning about the essentials of launching a successful business.

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Having a strong and dedicated founding team is a key pillar to building a successful company, but how exactly do you build a strong founding team? Join us in hearing Shane and Derek, the founders of Founded, a legal automation platform for businesses and lawyers, and how they went from colleagues and friends to co-founders and finding the right partners to build the foundation of a fantastic team.

Speakers: Derek Hopfner & Shane Murphy, Co-Founders, Founded

A former business lawyer, Derek worked for over 6 years at a mid-size law firm focused on helping small and medium sized businesses start and grow. Now, Derek leads marketing and operations at Founded. Derek regularly speaks to industry groups about the future of legal services and to groups of entrepreneurs on how to start and scale companies. He received his law degree from the University of Alberta and degrees in business and philosophy from the University of Calgary. Outside of Founded, Derek is an avid runner and record collector.

Shane started his legal career at one of Canada's largest law firms and then moved to a business and litigation boutique firm. At Founded, Shane leads all legal products and processes, closely working with the design and engineering teams. An expert on startup companies with global ambitions, Shane has appeared as a guest on BNN's "The Disruptors" and provides educational support to entrepreneurs through the Entrepreneurship 101 program at MaRS. He holds two law degrees from McGill University, and a master's degree from the London School of Economics. Shane is a lifelong musician and plays bass in the Toronto-based punk rock band, The Do-Nothings.

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