Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

With bold plans to shape a new generation of entrepreneurs, we at the Hunter Centre are striving to teach students to develop the skills to recognize opportunities, embrace challenges and extend Calgary’s entrepreneurial “can-do” spirit while also providing them the foundations critical to starting a business.

Student Opportunities

Are you interested in taking academic courses that will make a real difference in your career? Want to participate in exciting extracurricular activities that will introduce you to new people and opportunities? We can help you unleash your entrepreneurial potential.

Faculty Support

Are you a professor or instructor interested in incorporating innovation experiences into your courses? Get in touch with our team to open a conversation about how we can contribute to the great work you’re already doing.

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Are you interested in volunteering as a mentor, attending events & workshops, or recruiting creative students to work with you as part of a course project? Let us know how can we help you develop a meaningful relationship with entrepreneurial thinkers at the Haskayne School of Business.

Hunter Centre News

Barriers and Benefits to Entrepreneurial Thinking in Government   

The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the School for Public Policy are proud to invite you to a two-part online discussion on the opportunities and challenges of entrepreneurial thinking in government.  The first part of the event is a live online discussion with Mariana Mazzucato, a global thought leader on innovation and one of Bloomberg’s ‘50 ones to watch’ for 2019. The discussion will explore how entrepreneurial public actors can work to ensure strategic innovation-led growth and economic value creation, and conversely, what can hinder them from doing so? Part two of the series will examine how we foster long-term economic growth in Calgary and Alberta. The panel will present concrete ideas on how the public sector and policy innovators can work together to help spur a value-added economy in a tough climate of low oil prices and post-COVID recovery.   

Professor Mariana Mazzucato holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value and is Founder and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London (UCL).  Her highly acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times.  Her next book The Value of Everything was the winner of the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and was shortlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2018.   

The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the School of Public Policy welcome prominent scholars, experts, leaders to share their unique insights on innovation and entrepreneurship.  


Tuesday, September 22, 2020  Presentation and Q & A with Professor Mariana Mazzucato

  • Moderator - Dan Wicklum, President and CEO, The Transition Accelerator

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (MDT)

Zoom Webinar: A link to attend the webinar is attached to the Outlook invitation from registration.  


Thursday, October 1, 2020  Expert panel discussion  

  • Moderator - Dan Wicklum, President and CEO, The Transition Accelerator
  • Jim Dewald, Dean, Haskayne School of Business and Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, University of Calgary
  • Carol Ann Hilton, CEO, The Indigenomics Institute
  • Marcia Nelson, Board Member, Alberta Blue Cross, and Executive Fellow, Haskayne School of Business and School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
  • Jason Ribeiro, Director of Strategy, Calgary Economic Development

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (MDT)

Zoom Webinar: A link to attend the webinar is attached to the Outlook invitation from registration.  

We are excited to host the The RBC Fast Pitch Competition, one of our marquee events, in May 2021. The RBC Fast Pitch Competition showcases the top teams emerging from two courses in Entrepreneurial Thinking (ENTI 317 and ENTI 201) at the Haskayne School of Business. These experiential courses motivate students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset by brainstorming possibilities, solving problems, and ultimately creating their own new venture concept aimed at capturing a unique market opportunity.