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Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option

Submitted by kjcoyle on Tue, 09/08/2015 - 4:13pm

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option features two courses that will provide hands-on experience, designed to teach you how to discover business opportunities, determine their feasibility, and build strong business plans to guide the idea as it progresses towards a fully developed venture.  Students can apply to take ENTI 781 only, or both ENTI 781 and ENTI 785.

*Note that ENTI 781 is a pre-requisite for ENTI 785.

At the Hunter Centre, we strive to embed entrepreneurial thinking into the roots of the University of Calgary, and together with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Haskayne School of Business, we offer the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option for graduate students outside of the MBA program. Our goal is to equip graduate students with the fundamental skills of entrepreneurial thinking that will allow them to become successful, real world innovators.

Tuition support is available to help cover some of the costs associated with taking these courses - please take note of the specific details outlined below.

To find out more about the Option, we encourage you to register for the information session below.

Applications close at noon on June 30th 2017.

Course Options Available

ENTI 781 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

ENTI 781 is an experience-based course covering the prestart-up stage of business development through group projects and case studies designed to provide experience-based skill development in creativity, idea generation, and feasibility analysis.  This section of ENTI 781 has been designed specifically for students with no formal training in business.

Offered: Fall 2017 Block Week, September 5-9, 2017

Eligibility: Masters and PhD students in any discipline (except the MBA program) who are in good standing at the University of Calgary and have support from their supervisor.

Credit: 3 credits

View the course outline for ENTI 781

ENTI 785 - Venture Creation

ENTI 785 is a newly redesigned new venture creation course that engages teams in the development of a new venture.  This unique course will be open to students from across campus, and students are expected to have a compelling market opportunity or problem to be accepted into this course (which may or may not be related to work completed in ENTI 781). This course is open to students in the MBA Program and other graduate programs (Masters and PhD) at the University of Calgary.

Offered: Winter 2018

Eligibility: Masters and PhD students in any discipline who are in good standing at the University of Calgary and have support from their supervisor.

Prerequisite: ENTI 781

Credit: 3 credits

View the course outline from Winter 2017

Please note: These are in-class experiential courses and unfortunately, there is no option for remote or online participation. Due the experiential and team-based nature of the courses, audits are not permitted.

Tuition Support

Graduate students are required to pay the normal tuition for ENTI 781 & ENTI 785.

Graduate students who do not have any academic or financial holds will be eligible for a tuition reimbursement from the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS). Funding for this tuition reimbursement is made possible by the Government of Alberta.

A tuition reimbursement (a scholarship applied directly to tuition payments) will be provided by FGS to cover any costs above and beyond what a graduate student would normally pay.

Thesis-based students

All costs associated with the ENTI course(s) will be covered through a FGS tuition reimbursement.

Course-based students

ENTI course(s) as part of degree requirements

Some ENTI tuition fees will be covered. The graduate student will pay the normal fees associate with taking a course in their program, but will receive a tuition reimbursement for the additional tuition charges.

Course-based students

ENTI course(s) in addition to degree requirements

All costs associated with the ENTI course(s) will be covered through a FGS tuition reimbursement.

It should be noted there are variances in tuition based on the graduate program. The exact amount of tuition owed and tuition reimbursement will be confirmed after a student has been confirmed eligible and accepted into the course. Any questions regarding tuition payments and reimbursement may be made to

Application Process

Applications close at noon on June 30, 2017.

To apply for the E&I Option, please complete the application form and submit it in PDF format along with your current resume/CV to by noon on June 30, 2017.

Please do not contact the Haskayne MBA Office directly about the Option – please send all inquiries to the Hunter Centre, 

Information Session

Are you curious about the E&I Option and would like to find out more? Please register for the information session to meet the instructors, learn about the course content, and understand funding options that may be available to you.

The E&I Option Information Session is open to interested graduate students and graduate supervisors.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Date: Tuesday June 6, 2017

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Gallery Hall