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Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Laurier can be illustrated by one simple phrase; “make it happen”. Our driving goal is to provide students with the tools and support that will help them make their dent in the universe. This program is about developing Canada’s next generation of successful entrepreneurs.
Pretty ambitious stuff! We know it sounds a little crazy, but we’re from the region that developed the BlackBerry, holds the world’s second largest Oktoberfest and is home to over 300 startups (a pretty big number for a region of only half a million people). There’s an energy here that we’d like to share with aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s based on a belief that with the right balance of resources, creativity and support good ideas become great companies.
We’re more than just a program. We’ve created a kick start environment that connects students, faculty, entrepreneurial alumni, community organizations and the workspace to move ideas into action. It’s about combining the classroom with the boardroom, the textbook with the whiteboard and the theory with the practice.
We’re not just about a single department or program. This initiative spreads across all faculties. Entrepreneurs can come from any discipline whether it is music, arts, business or science.
At the heart of this initiative is the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship which is inspired by the vital role entrepreneurs play in society and driven by a desire to educate and create opportunities for students in the area of entrepreneurship. It provides support for an entire entrepreneurship community at Laurier and integrates Entrepreneurship into the classroom.
So if this all sounds good to you, have a look through our website, follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook or better yet get in touch.
Let’s make it happen.