What is Launch365? Launch365 specializes in elite skill training and development built around the fundamentals. We offer training and skill development through our Skill Certification Program which includes online courses, online and in-person skill sessions, one-on-one coaching and mentorship, and skill certifications. Each year we also select a handful of businesses across Canada to partner with through our Business Partnership Program. Our partners have access to our Skill Certification Program and receive ongoing mentorship and coaching on the launch and continued operations of their business for up to the first 5 years.
Do I need any prerequisites to do the online courses? No, although some of the more advanced skill topics may have a recommendation that you have some base knowledge or experience in a particular skill. Recommendations are listed in the detailed course overview. All of our courses are built around fundamentals of the skill. For those with little experience, it is an opportunity to learn the core fundamentals and to build a solid foundation in the skill. For those with lots of experience in the skill, it is an opportunity to review core fundamentals and focus on areas that challenge you in the skill.
What is a Skill Expert and why work with one? A Skill Expert is someone that has been professionally trained in that skill area, and has performed that skill directly at a high level in past roles and ventures. We recommend that along with completing an online course that you work with a Skill Expert one-on-one post completion of the course. Working with a Skill Expert ensures that fundamentals are being captured, and can help deepen learning. Because this work is done one-on-one, it is focused around your skill level and your needs. The first call, about an hour, involves reviewing the course content, answering your questions, and discussing the skill at a deeper level. During the second call, about half an hour, the Skill Expert helps you build a personal development plan on the skill to ensure you continue to get better and ultimately perform better in that area.
What is a skill coaching event? At Launch365 we have built skill models for a number of fundamental business skills. Each model contains key requirements for high performance of that skill. The model is a guide to performing the skill well and for coaching. Coaching is about improving performance in a specific skill. A skill coaching event is an event where a Skill Expert observes a person performing that skill live in a real life setting and then provides feedback and scores on each part of the skill as well as the skill overall. A coaching event typically is about 3 hours and has 3 parts to it. The first part is preparation for the event. The Skill Expert works with the learner to help prepare for high performance. The second part is the actual real life event where the Skill Expert observes the performance of the learner. After the event, the Skill Expert provides feedback, including what was done well and what needs to be improved. The learner leaves the event with scores and feedback on each part of the skill, as well as the skill as a whole, and a plan to move the learning forward to ensure performance improvement.
How do I become certified in a skill? In order to achieve a skill certification, a learner must get scores and feedback from one of our Skill Examiners through a skill coaching event. If the learner’s scores on each part of the skill and the skill overall are above the certification requirements of that skill, a learner earns certification.
What is a Skill Examiner? A Skill Examiner is someone that has the ability to examine others for skill certification on specific skills. A Skill Examiner has been professionally trained in the skills they examine, and has vast real life experience, and completed a minimum of 100 hours of coaching others and providing feedback on those skills. Only our Skill Examiners can provide skill certifications.
Do I get anything for completing courses or getting certified in a skill? Yes! Upon completion of each course and the course requirements, each person receives a Launch365 Course Certificate, and for each skill certification achieved, you receive an updated Launch365 Skills Certificate. Achieving a skill certification means you have completed a number of coaching events in that skill, through which have received a lot of feedback and scoring on all areas of a skill and the skill overall. The biggest value from certification should be the amount of feedback you have received, and knowing that you have moved that feedback to the required level for certification, meaning you now know that you know the skill and can perform it at high level. As the saying goes, “You don’t know until you know”. So along with the course and skill certificates, you receive a tonne of learning and gained confidence! We recommend adding these course completions and skill certifications to your resume, linked in, or anywhere else you present your qualifications.
How much does it cost to become a Launch365 partner? There is no initial cost or fee to partner with us. If selected to partner with Launch365, we provide training and development in our Business Boot Camp, and through our Skill Certification Program, as well as ongoing mentorship and coaching through business planning and operation of the business. We believe we should earn money off of results just like you. So, rather than charge a fee for partnership, we earn a 5-10% royalty off the actual results in your business. This means that in order for us to make money as your partner, you must be getting results in your business! This makes for a true partnership, as we are both only earning as your business performs.
To become a partner does my business need to be already operating and getting results? No. Although some of the businesses we partner with have already been operating and just need some guidance to get where they want, many of the businesses we have selected are nothing more than an idea or a goal that someone is passionate about. When we begin working with our partners we start right at the beginning with the development of a business plan and preparation for a successful launch. For those businesses that have already been operating, it’s a chance to step back and re-write the plan, and prepare for what we call a re-launch!
What if I don't have experience in business or running a business? To work with Launch365 you don't need to have any experience in business or running a business. If you are the right person with the right business, we will train, develop, coach, and mentor you through everything needed to be successful. We have knowledge and experience training, coaching and mentoring people, and starting up and running businesses. We don’t look for experience, we look for individuals that are committed and passionate about their business, and are ready to do what it takes to get their business to the next level.
Do I have to be based in Toronto? No, we work with entrepreneurs and businesses all over Canada.
ow do I get selected as a partner business? Each year we select only a handful of businesses to work with to ensure we have enough time for one-on-one coaching and mentorship. The selection process is pretty simple. The first step is filling out the initial application. Once we receive that we will contact you to setup a free initial consultation on your business to learn about your business and provide initial thoughts on viability. Next there is a more detailed application followed by 2 to 3 interviews to learn about you and your business, and for you to continue to learn about us. Following our interviews is selection. We notify all interviewees regardless of selection, and for those not selected we are happy to provide feedback.
What happens after being selected? For each business we select we begin with a planning and strategy meeting to lay out our plan for the first 90 days leading up to launch. We also develop a custom training plan for the entrepreneur and plan for preparation of the business. In the first 90 days the focus is on the training and development of the entrepreneur and the development of the business and business plan to ensure a successful launch!