Welcome to Launchpad for Entrepreneurs powered by Desjardins
As an on-demand, self-paced learning platform, Launchpad is built to help take the guesswork out of starting your own business.
If you’ve got a question about building a business, Launchpad has the answer. This platform is jam-packed with expert-curated content helping you gain the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the early stages of your growth journey and thrive in the world of entrepreneurship.
Upon completing this course, you’ll receive a certificate recognizing your achievements and skills gained. It’s a great first step to demonstrating your credibility as a business professional and, more excitingly, proving to the world that your sights are set high to do great things.
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We are designing this platform to be as accessible and inclusive as possible as a resource for all early-stage entrepreneurs. If you have any feedback to share, we would welcome it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Launchpad allows you to learn from industry experts and have a dialogue with your peers. It also taught me how to effectively articulate my solution and understand industry jargon, which has already come in handy when talking to investors. Even better, it’s helped me increase revenue for my business!”
-John Robinson Jr., Founder & CEO of Joy+
Together, Desjardins and the DMZ have created Launchpad to shorten the learning curve for entrepreneurs and eliminate barriers to accessing the resources and knowledge needed to build strong business foundations.
“We need entrepreneurs to create new opportunities, to create jobs, to create a strong and resilient economy, and to serve the needs of our communities.”
– Guy Cormier, President and CEO of Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in North America and the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of $391 billion. It was ranked as one of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Ranked among the world's strongest banks according to The Banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.
About the DMZ
The DMZ is a leading startup incubator based at Ryerson University and equipping the next generation of leading tech entrepreneurs with the tools needed to build, launch, and scale highly impactful startups. By providing connections to customers, coaching, capital, and a community, the DMZ’s customized approach helps innovators reach the next milestone in their entrepreneurial journey – whatever that might be. Through its award-winning programming, the DMZ has helped more than 670 startups raise $1.55 billion in capital and create 4,550+ jobs. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada with globally-accessible programming, the DMZ has a widely-recognized international presence with offices in Vietnam and India, and partnerships across North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia.