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Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

The Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation is inspired by the vital role entrepreneurs play in the Canadian economy, and is dedicated to enhancing academic research in entrepreneurship and building and supporting entrepreneurship and social innovation in the Laurier community.

Laurier’s institutional motto of "Inspiring Lives of Leadership and Purpose" is alive and well in the Schlegel Centre through an array of entrepreneurship experiences for Laurier students. These include a range of courses, active student clubs, high-impact co-curricular programs, as well as access to Laurier’s large network of alumni entrepreneurs.

Programs in the Faculty of Arts (the Social Entrepreneurship Option), the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics (the Entrepreneurship Core), the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Liberal Arts all have opportunities for Laurier students to work within the entrepreneurial community, and incubate student business ideas.

Laurier currently the only university in Canada to offer an undergraduate program in Social Entrepreneurship and has earned the coveted Ashoka ChangeMaker Campus designation for its social innovation and entrepreneurial offerings. Laurier is a leader in entrepreneurship education and is a founding academic partner of Communitech, the Region of Waterloo’s industry innovation centre. The new Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises will pave the way to continued global leadership in entrepreneurship.

The Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation is one of Canada’s longest running postsecondary organizations dedicated to entrepreneurship education for Laurier students and alumni. Laurier has an established reputation for offering innovative and student-centred education that helps young people find employment and make positive impact in their communities and the world.