A hub of thought leadership in innovation, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group brings together researchers and lecturers from across the UBC Sauder School to develop synergies in their work and improve teaching.
The group enables joint research endeavours, enhances curriculum development and hosts research seminars, talks, workshops and conferences. Maintaining strong connections with external stakeholders, the group builds strong bonds with corporate and academic partners.
Entrepreneurship in action
Entrepreneurship involves disruptive thinking and action, which are relevant not only to the creation of new ventures, but also to bring change and growth to existing companies. Many graduates of UBC Sauder’s entrepreneurship programs have founded their own ventures or have joined fast-growing early-stage businesses, while others have acted as intrapreneurs, applying the tool kit of the entrepreneur to make an impact with more established firms.
entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC) is a unique program that delivers an unprecedented combination of education, venture creation, and seed funding to maximize the number of successful ventures coming out of UBC. e@UBC’s entrepreneurship initiatives range from access to a vast alumni mentor network, to specifically tailored accelerator workshops for high school and university students — all delivered with the same standard of excellence that participants would expect from a world-class university. e@UBC’s mission is to “inspire and encourage entrepreneurial thinking to create innovative commercial and social ventures.”
There are a variety of entrepreneurship-focused clubs at the UBC Sauder School and UBC, including Enactus, UBC Social Enterprise Club, and UBC eProjects. Their goal is to build a network of peers who share a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Training in entrepreneurial thinking and skills is not just for the “hero founder” of a new company. These skills are in high demand by recently created companies that are seeking the right types of people to help them grow quickly, and also by Fortune 500 companies with innovation and growth agendas.