Workshops

IDEA CON workshops are all about teaching you specific skills and tools for launching new ideas while helping you identify the topics and fields you are most passionate about.

These workshops are designed to meet you at every stage of your innovation and entrepreneurship journey.

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LIVE, IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS

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Networking Like a Boss

Ever wonder how people who know everyone get to know everyone? It’s simple: They are great connectors. A great network helps you get mentors, get a job, hire people, raise money, and generally get things done. But first, you have to build it up. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn skills and tactics that will help even the most introverted person build a world-class network that will open doors for you wherever you go.

Speaker: Elaine Chen, Director, Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts University


Get Creative: Finding Your Spark in the Innovation Space

Finding your spark of an idea is all about connecting back to what motivates you and why. In this interactive, hands-on, participatory workshop, attendees will learn the basics of design thinking and how to apply the framework to explore their own journeys in creative innovation and entrepreneurship. 

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I Have an Idea – Now What? Validating Your Product and Business Ideas

In this session, student entrepreneurs and recent graduates will show you the process and resources they used to confirm that they were on to a really good idea. 

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Panelists (pictured left to right):

  • Ameera Hammouda, Founder and CEO, Ameera
  • Glo Robinson, Senior, Boston University
  • Noah Sorin, Co-Founder, Idori
  • Maria Vasco, Founder, Uvida Shop

Building a Values-Based Startup

When you are building your startup, how do you ground it in values from the start? Whether your startup is overtly mission-focused or not, there are ways to make a positive social impact and grow your business while aligning with core fundamental values. This workshop is an open conversation with leaders that are first and foremost grounding their teams to a north star. You will hear why this is a path towards greater employee engagement, and how taking this path can create greater customer and client value beyond profits.

Moderator: Daniel Enríquez Vidaña, President, Innovation Studio

 

 

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Overcoming Team Roadblocks:  Practicing Feedback and Noticing Growth

This workshop will explore how to create and sustain a team through honesty, setting expectations, and actionable feedback. We will provide tools and frameworks for self and team management and set students up for organizational success as they navigate people, processes and products. We’ll practice what we learned through short role plays, and participants will leave the workshop feeling empowered and ready to thrive in a diverse team environment.

Speaker: Katherine Leon Molina, Teaching Fellow, Questrom School of Business


Pitch Perfect

Being able to pitch your start-up in a clear and compelling way is a vital skill for all entrepreneurs. To build a successful new project or venture, you need to be able to present it in a compelling manner to convey your passion and convince your audience to respond to your call to action – whether it is to join your team, become your mentor, or advisor, work with you as a business partner, or to support you with funding. Join Idicula Mathew, Co-Founder & CEO of Hera Health Solutions to learn storytelling and public speaking skills that will help you deliver a winning pitch.

Speaker: Idicula Mathew, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts University


How to “Bootstrap”: Raising Early-Stage Funding for your Venture

Have a great idea, but need seed funding to make things happen?  Learn from fellow founders about ways to get the critical, early-stage funding you need to truly launch.

Moderator: 

Ian Mashiter, Master Lecturer – Strategy and Innovation, Boston University 

 

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VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

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Overcoming Team Roadblocks:  Practicing Feedback and Noticing Growth

This workshop will explore how to create and sustain a team through honesty, setting expectations, and actionable feedback. We will provide tools and frameworks for self and team management and set students up for organizational success as they navigate people, processes, and products. We’ll practice what we learned through short role plays, and participants will leave the workshop feeling empowered and ready to thrive in a diverse team environment.

Speaker: Gabriella Hakim, Teaching Fellow, Questrom School of Business

 

How to Start Selling to Your First Customers:  Stories from the Trenches for Non-Profit and For-Profit Businesses

Ian Grant founded/co-founded three companies that were all acquired and now leads UNH’s Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter). This workshop will walk through the key strategies and steps through a “Stories From the Trenches” approach from his start-up experiences. You will hear about the essential preparation you need to do as you start to introduce your company’s product/service to customers and get them to purchase/donate.

Speaker: Ian Grant, Director, Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center at University of New Hampshire

 

This year’s workshops are produced in partnership with the Derby Entrepreneurship Center at Tufts University and the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center at University of New Hampshire.