Entrepreneurial Thinking in Action Summer Camp

Entrepreneurial Thinking in Action Summer Camp

Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (HCEI)

Summer Camps 2021

The Entrepreneurial Thinking in Action camps draw on leading edge practices in curriculum development to deliver a transformational learning experience for students in grades 9 ‒ 12. Over the five days, students will work in teams to develop their entrepreneurial thinking skills under the mentorship and guidance of University of Calgary instructors, students and alumni.

Our experiential camps will teach our future leaders how to identify opportunities for innovation, understand customer value, develop a new venture or social enterprise business concept and pitch ideas to a panel of entrepreneurial leaders from our business community.

Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking in Action (101) offers a unique hands-on learning experience for students. Participants will begin to deepen their understanding of entrepreneurial thinking in action through interactive sessions that will activate their creative and critical thinking skills. Tools such as the lean canvas model and design thinking will support students as they learn the elements necessary to create a successful business venture.

Building Entrepreneurial Thinking (201) furthers students’ learning of entrepreneurial and critical thinking skills through interactive, hands-on lessons covering topics such as customer segmentation, primary research and validation, business models, and successful business pitching. Students will expand their learning from Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking in Action by not only learning how to effectively think like an entrepreneur, but how to apply these valuable skills to their everyday lives.

 

Level 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking in Action 

July 5 to 9: Register Here 

  • Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm MT 

July 12 to 16: Register Here 

  • Time: 9:00am to 11:00am MT 
  • hosted by Innovate Canmore

July 19 to 23: Register Here 

  • Time: 9:00am to 11:00am MT 

July 19 to 23: Register Here 

  • Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm MT 

July 26 to 30: Register Here 

  • Time: 9:00am to 11:00am MT / 10:00am to 12:00pm (Yukon)
  • Hosted by Yukon University

 

Level 2: Building Entrepreneurial Thinking

August 9 to 13, 2021: Register Here

  • Time: 9:00am to 11:00am MT 
  • hosted by Innovate Canmore

August 9 to 13, 2021: Register Here

  • Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm MT

Camp Highlights

  • Unique online activities: Our team has designed a number of exciting experiences for our camp participants to learn and collaborate online. Whether it’s rapidly brainstorming new business ideas in an hour, solving real work problems with entrepreneurs, or judging a real pitch contest, students will never face a dull moment!
  • Inspiring curriculum and instructors: The camp is designed by two serial entrepreneurs who are leading the entrepreneurial thinking movement on campus and across Calgary. Entrepreneurship instructors from the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be supported by a team of talented student entrepreneurs from the University of Calgary.
  • Working with experienced entrepreneurs: In both camps students will work with entrepreneurs on a wide variety of real business problems, getting feedback from both entrepreneurs and camp instructors.

Questions and inquiries can be sent to hunter.centre@haskayne.ucalgary.ca

We are very grateful to partnering organizations who work with us to make these camps a success.

Innovate Canmore

Innovate Canmore supports the development of new start-up entrepreneurial talent to create innovative technology products and market-driven companies translating science and technology innovation into commercial success in Canmore and the Bow Valley. To this end, they offer support to local young entrepreneurs in a variety of workshops, including Entrepreneurial Thinking in Action.

Innovate Canmore

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Yukon University

  • We support Yukoners to develop new products and services from beginning to end.
  • We provide programs, learning opportunities and business development activities to advance your profile in Yukon and beyond.
  • We support northern entrepreneurs and innovators with a market-ready solution looking for a support structure to make big waves in the Yukon and beyond. 
Yukon University

Testimonials from past participants

While the course has moved online, the spirit of the camp is the same. Read on to see what past participants thought about the camp:

 "The best part of camp was the sudden, sharp realization, that hey - I can do this too. I can build a business, I can learn new technologies, and I can help bring exciting change to the future. The camp helped demystify the entrepreneurial process and inspired me to get started on my own. Three months later, I published my first app - guided by the design thinking processes we learned!" 

Colin, 14

“The Entrepreneurial Thinking Camp helped me learn not only what I need to do if I want to start a business, but how I need to think. Hearing real pitch ideas put my thinking to the test, and then hearing what actually happened with those projects sparked more ideas.  I think it was great how Haskayne was so creative to move the camp completely online because of COVID-19. It made my summer definitely more interesting.”

Ethan, 15

“This course was a wonderful opportunity for those like myself who have no real experience or education in the world of business and entrepreneurship. Learning about the creative design process of creating, marketing and selling a product from scratch was completely new to me and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hosted by a knowledgeable and insightful team who can provide meaningful feedback made it all the better.”

Pierre, 18

"The guest speakers were clear and their views / insights made sense. Their ideas had a profound impact and resonated with me."
 

Emelie, 15