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LeapIN 2020 - Week 5

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

A short week but another great week here at LeapIN online! Welcome back, readers! This week we covered sales at the beginning of our week and then moved over to studying diversity, inclusion, and social enterprise at the end of the week. As always, we learned so much from our speakers and continued to grow as entrepreneurs!

Day 17: We started the day with our value proposition roulette, but with a twist. Each member of our cohort was given a specific audience you had to pitch to get them out of their comfort zone. It is so great to see how each of the entrepreneurs is growing with their pitches as we get closer to the end! For the learning portion of the day, we mixed things up a bit! Instead of our usual guest speaker workshop, we all completed a course together! The MaRS Selling for Entrepreneurs course taught us how to build a sales strategy, explore what selling is, taught us how to develop sales opportunities, and how to ask for and a close deal. Our crew was given some homework to observed sales in the real world that evening before we signed off for a (somewhat) early lunch!

Day 18: Normally, we do our Brag and Drag exercise on Thursday but since we had a special program planned for Thursday, we did it a day early! This week we were joined by Leap IN alumni, and all-around awesome human, Lliam Buckley, owner of Corduroy Sound who led us through our Brag and Drag, thanks Lliam! Then we moved on to Skill Share! Sharelen from Real Model Mom taught us about how to take a good photo and Jared from JR Welding showed us the process of fabrication! Our workshop today was led by Isaac Morgado CEO of MVMT Strength. Isaac delivered an awesome presentation around Marketing and Sales with a specific focus on the first three steps of the Sales Process. We learned a lot from Issac and we are excited to learn some more about sales next week!

Day 19: Today was a really special day for us! Today was had a LeapIN take over from Pillar Non-Profit Network / Innovation Work. We are lucky at Leap Junction to have the support of Pillar and they joined us today to lead us through some discussions around diversity and inclusion and speak to us about social enterprise. We had a very rich discussion and we are so grateful to have been given the opportunity to have these difficult conversations with each other in a brave space.

Overall, a short week but a good week! Next week we will be examining sales and community building a bit more in the first half of the week and then transitioning to learning about accounting, bookkeeping, and finances for our businesses in the second half. Stay tuned to learn more about our cohort and their progress!

Curious about our cohort and their businesses, check them out below!

Tyler from Celebration

Sharelen from Real Model Mom

Jared from JR Welding

Swaraj from Taxably

Christine from Qualia Hub

Kelly from Studio KVR

Aaron and Omar from Nitro Route

Kristen from Soul Runners

Chris from Bernese

**You can find more about them on our social media @leapjunction!**

If you want to learn even more about our cohort, you should join us on August 20th at 2:00 p.m. for our demo day! Sign up HERE to reserve your spot for this virtual celebration!

If you want to start a business but don't know where to start, book a virtual appointment! Or, feel free to send us your questions and comments at!

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