Innovate Niagara: Finance Fundamentals - January 20, 27 & February 3, 2017
Innovate Niagara: Finance Fundamentals - January 20, 27 & February 3, 2017

Innovate Niagara: Finance Fundamentals - January 20, 27 & February 3, 2017

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Cairns Building Room 207

Brock University

500 Glenridge Ave

St Catharines, ON L2R 7L2


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Finance Fundamentals 

(3 sessions, 4 hours each)
*Doors open at 12:00 pm. Workshops start at 12:30 pm.

Entrepreneur's Toolkit Workshops are experientialhands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” –Unknown

Do you understand the financial metrics of your business? Do you want to be able to speak knowledgeably to your accountant, bank or investors about your company finances, or to manage a plan to ensure that you have the necessary cash available when your business needs it? This three-part workshop series is designed to help entrepreneurs understand basic financial concepts, build a forecasting model to use in running their businesses and identify key concepts of valuation that apply to their businesses.


Workshop Schedule 

Session 1 - Preparing your Business Forcast

January 20, 2017 // 12:30-4:30pm

In this session, we help you understand the basics of financial statements and begin to build a detailed cash-flow forecast to be used in making day-to-day business decisions around growth.

Deliverable: Expense cash flow template for your business. 

Session 2 - Understanding Revenue Forecasting and Funding

January 27, 2017 // 12:30-4:30pm

In the second session, we will demonstrate how to add revenue estimates to your cash-flow forecast, taking you through inputs such as pricing, sales funnel and revenue types. The result will be a complete cash-flow forecasting model you can use in your business. 

Deliverable: Revenue cash-flow template for your business

Session 3 - Business Valuation and Tutorial Session

February 3, 2017 // 12:30-4:30pm

First half: Outline basic concepts surrounding different types of business valuations, and the inputs and factors that impact valuation from an investor perspective.

Second half: Working session/finance lab. 

Deliverable: Basic complete 12-month cash flow forecast for your business.


Cost of Workshops

The Entrepreneur's Toolkit Workshops cost $100 to attend. There are two different ticket types that can be purchased:

1.     ONE Client Refundable Deposit

Purchase this ticket if you are a client of:

  • Innovate Niagara
  • St. Catharines Small Business Enterprise Centre
  • Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre

Purchase this ticket if you are a client of a regional innovation centre (Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs). When prompted on the registration page, please list the organization of which you are a member and your current advisor’s name. You will be refunded your full ticket price at the end of the workshop series  and upon completion of our post-workshop survey..

2.     General Attendance Fee

Purchase this ticket if you are not currently a member of an organization with the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs

**If you are unable to attend a workshop session, please let us know four business days in advance. We regret that failure to do so may result in the loss of your deposit.

**The post-workshop survey must be completed within four days of the last day of a workshop series for a registration deposit or discount to be refunded.

Participant Profile:

This workshop is geared toward entrepreneurs who are working on their business model, starting to incur expenses and potentially starting to generate revenue, and who are looking to get control of company finances to support decision making for future growth and potential investment.


  • Completion of the Starting Lean: Business Model workshop
  • Draft of Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas
  • Basic understanding of spreadsheets/formulas

Other Requirements for Attendance:

  • A laptop with access to spreadsheet software for the duration of the workshop. 

If you would like more information on our workshop programs or how to become a client of a regional innovation centre, please contact

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Cairns Building Room 207

Brock University

500 Glenridge Ave

St Catharines, ON L2R 7L2


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