The project’s principal goal is to develop a business model to make existing entrepreneurship training programs accessible for aspiring entrepreneurs in the Humber Valley. We will use a new framework paradigm combining design thinking, lean startup, and agile methodologies adapted to achieve the goal of a business model for accessible entrepreneurship training programs.
More specifically, the project will generate two main deliverables. 1) A comprehensive report of recommendations for addressing systemic barriers that result in inequitable learning opportunities and outcomes for entrepreneurship learners in the Humber Valley. 2) A pilot accessible entrepreneurship course that applies the set of concrete recommendations to ensure that all learners in the Humber Valley can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities.
The overall research methodology will comprise a two-step study. Step 1: A systematic literature review of feminist methodologies applicable to entrepreneurship and a systematic literature review of universal teaching and learning designs to make training programs accessible to rural learners. Step 2: Develop a business model to make existing entrepreneurship training programs accessible for aspiring entrepreneurs in the Humber Valley. The findings of the two-step study will inform the two deliverables mentioned above.