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Science Entrepreneurship

What is Science Entrepreneurship?

Science Entrepreneurship is the process of using scientific knowledge and methodology to create new business opportunities.

At Laurier, we encourage our students to think beyond the classroom and apply what they learn towards real-world problems and opportunities. Science Entrepreneurship provides an opportunity to do exactly that.

There are three main components to Science entrepreneurship at Laurier:

  • SC100 is an introduction to the science of everyday life.
  • SC200 is a course covering the basics of entrepreneurship.
  • The LaunchPad Science Maker Lab provides physical space, tools, resources and guidance needed to create prototypes and test product concepts.

Read an Article About LaunchPad Science Maker Lab

Speaker Series

Watch for posters around campus promoting our speaker series, where experts talk about specific aspects of entrepreneurship, science entrepreneurship and the prototyping/research and development process.

Courses

Both the following are optional courses offered by the Faculty of Science rather than a particular department within the faculty.

SC100: Introduction to the Science of Everyday Life

SC100 is a 0.5-credit course that introduces students to the concepts of applied science in real life. Academically, it focuses on the logic of scientific thinking, the process of gathering evidence, and understanding the limits of conclusions that can be made with available evidence.

While this is not a required course to participate in the Science Maker Lab, it is highly encouraged and will provide students with a solid understanding to move forward with any entrepreneurship-related venture.

For more information, see the undergraduate academic calendar.

SC200: Entrepreneurship in Science

SC200 is a popular 0.5-credit course offered by the Faculty of Science and falling under the umbrella of the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.

The focus on this course is to introduce Science students to the Lean Startup methodology used throughout Laurier as the blueprint for starting a business from scratch. During the term, each group will do real-world market research and feasibility testing of their own business idea, culminating in a presentation that simulates a pitch competition.

There are no prerequisite courses required for SC200; however, SC200 does satisfy the prerequisite requirements to enter ENTR300, a more advanced entrepreneurship course offered by the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

For more information, see the undergraduate academic calendar.

Contact Us:

Program Coordinator

E: Ron Daniels
T: 519.884.0710 x2413
Office Location: SR 217 (Science Research Building, Waterloo campus)

General and Administrative Enquiries

E: Dean of Science Office
Office Location: N1048 (Science Building, Waterloo campus)