Prototype - Business & Innovation

Grades 7+*: Mondays, Jan. 9 – Mar. 27, 5:00-7:00 (Prosserman JCC)
*For students who entered these grades in Fall 2022.

Prototype – Business & Innovation is led by leading business school faculty and industry experts. Using the Stanford University d.School design-thinking methodology, students conceive and plan a launch-ready venture!

Our young entrepreneurs will learn how to identify compelling business ventures, create scalable businesses, and communicate for impact to potential investors and customers.

During this program, students will be exposed to Silicon Valley emerging business models and become inspired to pursue careers and ventures of the future!  A launch-ready business prototype, perfect for CV-building, will be one of many tangible outcomes of Prototype.


Vanessa Iarocci, Brain Power CEO, earned her Bachelor of Commerce, CPA designation and was selected to complete a post-graduate certificate in innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Following this, Vanessa spent over two decades in increasingly senior positions at PwC and TD Bank Financial Group. She then honed her entrepreneurial skills as the CEO of a national school apparel company, where she led an innovative turnaround and growth strategy. As an Executive-In-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Vanessa has developed curricula, case studies and mentorship programs for MBA students, including the world’s first MBA course exploring social innovation. She also recently designed the ‘Scale-Up’ Program for the MaRS Discovery District, a playbook for Canadian CEOs seeking to scale companies globally. Vanessa has also authored multiple thought leadership papers that have been featured in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Globe and Mail.

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