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Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School

Our Entrepreneurship School leverages the growing entrepreneurial and innovative community at the University of Ottawa and in the Ottawa region. It brings together like-minded individuals from across Canada and other countries to collaborate on exciting ventures.

Build on your ideas through workshops, panel discussion, and mentorship.

The school offers skill development sessions and hands-on workshops delivered by matter experts, entrepreneurs, and members of the entrepreneurial community as well as academia.

The school covers a wide spectrum of entrepreneurial topics including:

  • Team management and entrepreneurial leadership skills
  • Problem discovery and ideation principles
  • Customer discovery and validation
  • Business modeling and many other topics


This boot camp style two-week intensive school will help you:

  • Develop your entrepreneurial mindset
  • Learn about startup tools and strategies
  • Design and test new startup ideas
  • Use innovative technology to address problems
  • Learn the basis of prototyping and design thinking

The school will also allow you to meet and network with local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support services.

This school is for you if you are:

  • An entrepreneur or a budding entrepreneur
  • Someone passionate about technology and innovation
  • A university student interested in entrepreneurship

Topics covered

  • Design thinking
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Idea pitching
  • Creation of teams
  • Startup lifecycle
  • Business model canvas
  • Startup founders panel discussion
  • Customer discovery
  • Customer validation
  • Pitching
  • Competition


Students will form teams in the program and pitch at the end of the two weeks. The winning team will be awarded a $5,000 prize.

Fees and course units

This program is offered as a 3-credit course at both the undergraduate (GNG 3100) and graduate (GNG 5300) levels.

Registration is subject to normal summer tuition fees and requires professor approval through the application form on this page.

Sponsor the program and awards

More details to come! For more details and questions, please contact Hanan Anis on [email protected].

Participants and testimonials

Sponsor a youth to attend the school

The Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School aims to equip youth with the knowledge and the skills needed to enable the next generation of entrepreneurs. You can sponsor a youth to attend the school for $500! For more information about sponsoring a youth to attend the school, please contact us.
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