Events like last week’s 2014 National Business and Technology Conference in Toronto promote helping students bring their ideas and talent to the table for potential investors and businesses.
It works on the premise that networking is the biggest asset for new entrepreneurs.
“Disrupting mindsets, enabling action” is the company motto, said Sucheta Shankar, VP Marketing and Communication at Nspire.
The conference is the flagship event of Nspire Innovation Network, a Canadian student-run non-profit organization, and took place last weekend at the Hotel Carlu in Toronto.
Networking events can help students have professional interactions with potential employers, said Christine Colosimo, a career advisor at Humber North Campus.
“It’s kind of like a full-time job trying to find a full-time job,” she said.
It makes the transition from student to professional easier when you network and really know what the expectations are out there, said Colosimo.
The two-day conference in Toronto includes workshops, competition for startup proposals apart from job recruiting and career fairs, said Shankar. The conference also planned to have product demos for Google Glass and 3D Printing, she said.
Shankar, who is also a student at Humber Lakeshore, said working with the organization has been the steepest learning curve for her.
These events can help students have professional interactions with potential employers and Colosimo said they should approach these like going to an interview. She said she personally knew of many success stories that have come out of networking events.
“You need to go out there and network and…build up your contacts,” said Colosimo.
Networking can happen anywhere, said University of Guelph-Humber Business Marketing student Ashvini Sriharan. She said it’s not just job fairs but everyday life provides a lot of opportunity to connect. She uses social networking such as LinkedIn and Twitter to network.
“We want to connect you to people you want to be connected to, then hopefully that empowers you to realize your dreams,” said Shankar.