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APEX and EDC to offer entrepreneurial educational opportunity for women

September 29, 2021

The Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC) at Medicine Hat College (MHC) has partnered with APEX Alberta to offer Venture Development Essentials, an online, flexible learning program designed to help aspiring business women in science and technology fields learn entrepreneurship skills and develop an early-stage business venture.

Over the course of seven weeks, participants will learn how to identify and validate business ideas and new product lines, develop a growth funding strategy, and devote time to business model generation through coursework, weekly lectures and mentorship.

Each learner is exposed to leading industry experts, and has access to a business coach. The practical coursework and corresponding homework advance venture development each week, and culminate in a working model for launch or expansion.

Christie Wilson, entrepreneur outreach coordinator at MHC, says the complimentary soft skills gained throughout the program are invaluable to business venture’s success.

“In addition to industry and business knowledge, participants will complete the program with enhanced critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving and problem identification skills, confidence in decision-making, managing risk, failure and uncertainty, and a willingness to experiment.”

Tracy Stroud, regional innovation network coordinator with APEX Alberta, says, “The APEX partners are thrilled to work with the Entrepreneur Development Centre at Medicine Hat College for this course. There are a lot of women with innovative business concepts and companies, and this course will help take their ventures to the next level.”

Venture Development Essentials runs from October 13 to December 1, 2021, providing 35 hours of material and mentorship via virtual instructor-led sessions, modules, and independent research.

Tuition is $399.00 with APEX Alberta providing course funding to qualifying applicants. The cost of course materials is free thanks to the RBC Foundation.

To register for this exciting opportunity, as well as for further details on funding qualifications and the form to apply, visit

Registration closes October 13, 2021.