Black Founders in Clean Technology
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version

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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

It is recommended that students read the following policies in relation to course outlines:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Copyright
  • Intellectual Property
  • Respectful Behaviour
  • Accessible Learning
All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Appropriate use of generative Artificial Intelligence tools: In alignment with Sheridan's Academic Integrity Policy, students should consult with their professors and/or refer to evaluation instructions regarding the appropriate use, or prohibition, of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools for coursework. Turnitin AI detection software may be used by faculty members to screen assignment submissions or exams for unauthorized use of artificial intelligence.

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. 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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