Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation
At Laurier, there are nearly as many ways to immerse yourself in entrepreneurship as there are to be an entrepreneur.
As a leader in entrepreneurship education, Laurier offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels to give you both the theory and practice of turning your ideas into reality.
For undergraduates, there are plenty of ways to study entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Core option prepares you to develop and launch a concete business idea. The Social Entrepreneurship Option, unique in Canada, helps you learn to change the world. It includes two required placements – one local and one international. Science Entrepreneurship also offers courses for those who want to turn scientific innovation into businesses.
Our graduate entrepreneurship programs can help you go from employee to employer or scale up your technology leadership career. The MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship helps you launch your venture while earning your MBA. The Executive Master’s in Technology Management (Lazaridis EMTM) prepares you to think like a C-suite leader in a world facing ever-increasing complexity, global competition and disruption.
For any student, if you want to design, create and test prototypes, the Science Maker Lab can provide the equipment and mentorship you need.
For ideas that are ready to launch, Laurier hosts a LaunchPad accelerator centre at both Communitech in downtown Kitchener and in Brantford. (Laurier is a founding academic partner of Communitech.) We have seed funding for student and alumni startups and have received Ontario Social Innovation Vouchers oriented to supporting more women and non-traditional learners in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
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. It also runs many of Laurier's entrepreneurship programs.
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.
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.