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From Student to Entrepreneur: U of T’s Cynthia Goh and Ajay Agrawal address Board of Trade on economic value of training entrepreneurs

November 20, 2012

TORONTO, ON – Toronto is internationally recognized as a world-leading hub of entrepreneurship and start-up businesses. With an extraordinary talent pool, globally significant industry clusters, and excellent post-secondary institutions located in the Toronto metropolitan region, Toronto offers a rich environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Our region’s next great challenge is to build on this momentum by training and developing more entrepreneurs.

Two champions of young entrepreneurs at the University of Toronto have embraced the imperative. Cynthia Goh and Ajay Agrawal are challenging the myth of accidental and innate entrepreneurship and demonstrating the economic value of training Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs. They will share their experience at a Toronto Board of Trade panel discussion, part of the Distinguished Speak Series, on Friday, November 23, 2012.


WHAT: From Student to Entrepreneur: A Toronto Board of Trade panel discussion about the economic value of training Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs.


  • The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Innovation
  • Speaker: Cynthia Goh , Professor of Chemistry, Director of the Institute for Optical Sciences, Founder of the Techno program for entrepreneurs
  • Speaker: Ajay Agrawal, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Co-founder of The Next 36
  • Moderator: Sandra Pupatello

WHERE: Toronto Board of Trade, Downtown Centre, 1 First Canadian Place, Toronto


Friday, November 23, 2012
Introductory Remarks: Noon
Panel Discussion: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Media Availability to follow

Note:  Minister Duguid’s remarks will begin at noon, panel discussion to take place following lunch service, approximately 12:40


For more information, contact:

U of T Media Hotline
Tel: 416-978-0100