Black Founders in Clean Technology
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 30.0
Credit Value: 2.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2023
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): N/A
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20230109_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Access to course materials and assignments will be available on Sheridan's Learning and Teaching Environment (SLATE). Students will need reliable access to a computer and the internet.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Centering and supporting Black Founders to develop new ventures in the cleantech sector, this 12 week certificate course aims to build entrepreneurial endurance and business acumen to identify environmental challenges, innovate solutions with market potential, and locate resources and relationships to startup/sustain. Founders will engage in hands-on learning circles led by Black innovators to acquire practical skills and strategies, actioning them through accountability challenges, group coaching, self-reflection, and networking. In this way, sessions are experiential and holistic in design to support personal and professional growth alongside venture development.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the entrepreneurial acumen to explore environmental challenges and assess business opportunities in clean technology. Engaging in Ubuntu learning, with roots in African ways of knowing and sharing, students will analyze the market potential of their business idea, craft a compelling value proposition and build networks with Black founders, funders and community resources to sustain personal, professional and venture development.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assess the entrepreneurialism and clean tech innovation of Black founders.
  2. Explore environmental challenges that present entrepreneurial opportunities in clean tech.
  3. Assess the market potential and feasibility of new cleantech innovations.
  4. Craft a compelling value proposition.
  5. Identify sources of startup funding and understand how to position a venture for success.
  6. Build networks of support for continued personal, professional and venture development.
  7. Develop group coaching techniques to give, receive, assess and activate constructive feedback to aid personal, professional and venture development.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Professional Development Activities100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL The following protocol applies to every course offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the instructor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified date and time. Missed tests, in-class/online activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding Sundays and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. An extension or make-up opportunity may be approved by the instructor at his or her discretion.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-class & Online Instruction
Professor: N/A
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): N/A
Course Details:

Module 1: Black Founders in Clean Tech

Why cleantech.

Clean Tech industry and opportunities

What is entrepreneurial problem-solving?

Global & Growth mindset


Module 2: Identifying & Assessing Market Potential

What problems present current opportunities

Innovation of Black founders in Clean Tech

Business model canvas

How to craft a compelling value proposition


Module 3: Black in Business & Entrepreneurial Endurance

Exploring identity, personal positioning/acumen, and business experiences to identify strengths and learning capabilities for entrepreneurial endurance.

Wellness for sustainability and entrepreneurial endurance


Module 4: Activation Week

Self-directed or peer supported implementation focused on crafting compelling value proposition


Module 5: Reflection & Group Coaching

Critical reflection and assessment

Peer supported group coaching


Module 6: Fund / Capital Development

Cleantech startup funding

How to position a venture to access funding


Module 7: Social Capital Development

Networking: How to build relationship that support funding

How to leverage networks of support


Module 8: Activation Week

Self-directed or peer supported to implementation


Module 9: Reflection & Group Coaching

Critical reflection and assessment

Peer supported group coaching


Module 10: Entrepreneurial Endurance: Where to next?

Introductions to further ongoing learning resources

How to resource yourself for entrepreneurial endurance.


Module 11: Activation Week

Self-directed or peer supported to implementation


Module 12: Closing Reflection & Celebration

Critical reflection and assessment

Idea Profile

Community Celebration

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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