Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option for Graduate Students

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (HCEI)

Together with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, we offer the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option to equip graduate students with the fundamental skills of entrepreneurial thinking that will allow them to become successful, real world innovators. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option features two courses that provide graduate students from all faculties with hands-on experience to discover business opportunities, determine their feasibility, and build strong business models to transform their ideas into fully developed ventures.


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.

ENTI 781 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Open to non-Haskayne graduate students only

*Applications are closed.

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 2020 Block Week, August 31 - September 4, 2020

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

Course Outline

ENTI 627- Venture Creation

Open to MBA students and graduate students from other faculties

*Applications will open Fall 2020

Known as the 'Hot House', ENTI 785 is a newly redesigned course that engages teams in the development of a new venture (startup). As part of the application process, students are asked to identify a compelling idea, opportunity or problem that they would like to develop in 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 2021

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

Prerequisite: ENTI 781 or ENTI 601

Credit: 3 credits

What's in it for you?

  • A focused academic program that will provide you with entrepreneurial competencies and a clear direction for developing your ideas
  • Collaboration opportunities with innovative students from across campus
  • The experience of working with an interdisciplinary team and harnessing different skill sets towards a common goal
  • Connections to learning and growth opportunities provided by the Hunter Hub and Hunter Centre
  • A process to create a startup with support of experienced mentors from Calgary's entrepreneurship community
  • The opportunity to Invent your future career

Applications are currently being accepted for ENTI 781. Applications for ENTI 785 will open Fall 2020.

We recognize that graduate students have a lot of demands on their time, so our goal is to make your participation in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option as seamless and hassle free as possible. Below is an overview of how the program will be delivered, and we invite you to send us any questions that you have to hunter.centre@haskayne.ucalgary.ca.

  1. Attend an information session to learn more about the E&I Option
  2. Submit your completed application to hunter.centre@haskayne.ucalgary.ca by June 30th, 2020 
  3. Applications are reviewed by the program team, and approved students will be contacted
  4. Approved students will be asked to confirm their interest by submitting a change of course form to hunter.centre@haskayne.ucalgary.ca
  5. Confirmed students are enrolled in their chosen courses (ENTI 781) by August 15, 2020
  6. Students attend ENTI 781 in Fall 2020 block week (Aug 31 to Sep 4, 2020)
  7. Eligible students will receive tuition reimbursements for ENTI 781 at the end of September 2020
  8. ENTI 781 students will be invited to participate in a variety of programs and events offered during the Fall 2020 semester to help them continue working on their ideas before choosing to register ENTI 785
  9. Students who have confirmed their interest in taking ENTI 785 will register by submitting a change of course for to hunter.centre@haskayne.ucalgary.ca and upon approval begin the course in Winter 2021 semester 
  10. Eligible students will receive their tuition reimbursement for ENTI 785 at the end of January. Confirmation of funds to support tuition reimbursement will be available late-Fall 2020.
  11. Students will be invited to apply for additional programs such at the Summer Incubator Program near the end of the Winter term to help them take the next steps with their ideas

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 Faculty of Graduate Studies. Currently, tuition reimbursements are only available for ENTI 781. Confirmation of funds to support tuition reimbursement will be available late-Fall 2020. 

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.

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 mygradskills@ucalgary.ca.

  1. Thesis-based students

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Non-Haskayne Students

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 hunter.centre@haskayne.ucalgary.ca by noon on June 30th, 2020.

Please do not contact the Haskayne MBA Office directly about the Option – please send all inquiries to the Hunter Centre, hunter.centre@haskayne.ucalgary.ca 

MBA Students

For MBA students interested in registering for ENTI 785, you can do so as you would any other course.