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Entrepreneurial ecosystem

Get ready to launch! Our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem will provide you with the resources and the support you need at every stage during your start-up journey.

Entrepreneurial ecosystem

Do you have ideas that could make a difference in your community? are you interested in launching your own business? At the Faculty of Engineering, we support student entrepreneurship through courses, competitions and programs that can help you get all the support you need to launch your own startup. 

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Step 1: Gaining entrepreneurial skills and insight

The first step of developing an entrepreneurial mindset is acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge. Through these programs and initiatives, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and engineering design processes and will begin developing the skills needed to turn their ideas into action. 

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Step 2: Defining your idea

By partaking in these entrepreneurial competitions, students will get the opportunity to validate their product or service, develop based on client needs, and receive initial funds. 

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Step 3: Launching your startup

Our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem can provide students with the resources and the support needed to launch and grow their business. 

Request funding

Funding for students projects and initiatives like pre-professional design competitions and entrepreneurship initiatives is available through the Engineering Endowment Fund.
Engineering Endowment Fund

Upcoming events

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Nov 30

Entrepreneurial Idea Competition

Come watch the finale of the Entrepreneurial Idea Competition to see your peers pitch their start-up ideas to a panel of judges!

Entrepreneurial stories

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Meet engineering alumna Vida Gabriel, an entrepreneur under 30 tackling carbon capture

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