For people who want to start a business, but don’t know how to get started, Trailblazing helps you create a fool-proof business design.



“Trailblazing is the perfect program to kickstart your business and entrepreneurial career. It gives you the tools you need to be able to successfully start and grow your own business.” – Marin 

“Trailblazing is an amazing course that will force you to focus on all aspects of your business, including many that you may have accidentally left behind. Brandy is encouraging, thoughtful, and thorough. I'd highly recommend taking the course.” – Greg 

“My experience was really good because every week classes there is new thing to learn about the business.” – Jaskiran 


Learn how to avoid the top 3 reasons why startups fail in this FREE 6-week program.

 This program coaches new founders through their entrepreneurial journey to turn their idea into a business. If you have recently started a business in the last year or you are thinking about starting a business, this program is for you. Trailblazing will teach you how to avoid these top failures:            

  1. Having no customer targeted for sales 
  2. Lacking the funding to get started
  3. Not having the right team

Founders will spend two weeks learning about each topic and applying their knowledge directly into the business, testing their ideas along the way. By the end of the program, founders will have a pitch deck built and will have tested their idea with 2 customers. 


To register please select your cohort

Which sector would you like to see your idea evolve into?

For-Profit Business 

This is a business with the goal of making money by selling a service or product to customers. 

Ex. Walmart, Amazon 

Non-Profit / Charity 

Non-profit organizations aim to provide society's needs. The company's income is never to be distributed to any owners but is to be recycled back into the non-profit corporation's public benefit mission and activities. 

Ex. Red Cross, WWF 

Social Enterprise

A business that has specific social objectives. They seek to maximize profits while maximizing benefits to society and the environment. Their profits are principally used to fund social programs.  

Ex. Ten Trees, TOMS 

Grass Roots Project  

This is a movement or organization that uses collective action from a local level to effect change.  

Ex. Black Lives Matter Movement, Earth Day Initiatives

Program and Milestone Breakdown

Business Coaching

Mentorship to support you through your entrepreneurial journey. 

Professional Development

Skills to support career development. 

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem & Networking

Connect with the local ecosystem, build your network, and utilize supports through the Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta. 

MyExperience Certification

Trailblazing will be featured in My Experience, our Work Integrated Learning portal, and you will receive a certificate upon completion. 

Program Commitment


Online sessions will be Monday nights from 7-8:30 pm.

In-person sessions will be Tuesday nights from 6:30-8 PM at the U of L campus.

Average Time Commitment  

4 hours commitment / week

Frequently Asked Questions

No entrepreneurial or business knowledge is needed to be part of the program. Entrepreneurial skills will be developed throughout the course of the program. 


To register please select your cohort