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For almost two decades, Laurier has been a leader in entrepreneurship education and is a founding academic partner of Communitech, Waterloo Region’s industry-led innovation centre.

The Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship housed within the Lazaridis School of Business + Economics is one of Canada’s longest running post-secondary organizations dedicated to entrepreneurship education for Laurier students and alumni.

In 2014, Laurier launched SIVC – social innovation + venture creation – to facilitate and support ‘social ventures’ designed to address a complex social issue with sustainable, collaborative and impactful strategies and approaches.

Today this long history and programming has produced an unparalleled entrepreneurship experience for Laurier students including: a wide range of courses, active student clubs, high-impact co-curricular programs, as well as access to Laurier’s large base of alumni entrepreneurs who generously volunteer their time to connect with our next generation of innovators.

Laurier’s new Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises will pave the way to continued global leadership in entrepreneurship.


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View a select group of Laurier’s entrepreneurship experts here.

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Over 2,000 Laurier alumni are company founders.

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The Ecosystem

Waterloo is a world-renowned technology hub; home to hundreds of startups and dozens of long-established titans. A wealth of support is at our students’ fingertips. The networking and learning opportunities through not just our programs, but Communitech, the Accelerator Centre, and countless Laurier alumni, are unrivaled. Laurier’s nearby Brantford campus has access to all of this and more. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is part of that city’s lifeblood, too, and promoted through all Laurier classrooms and curriculum in Brantford.

Together, the university is united in supporting entrepreneurs, who generously enrich our campus community and classrooms by helping students transfer theory to real-life experiences. Laurier has topnotch leaders as Entrepreneurs in Residence. We also have formal mentors. All of these individuals offer both insights and inspiration to you who would follow in their trailblazing footsteps. Finally, committed corporate partners are the key to the university’s strength success in this area.

Key partners and sponsors include: