Academic Courses

Academic Courses

Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (HCEI)

Open to all UCalgary Undergraduate Students

Instructors: Olga Petricevic


  • Fall 2022: MW 15:30 - 16:45; MW 17:00 - 18:15
  • Winter 2023: MW 17:00 - 18:15; TR 15:30 - 16:45; TR 17:00 - 18:15

Introduction to the various business disciplines from the perspective of creating a new business venture. The primary learning methodology is a term project; students identify a business opportunity, research the opportunity, and write a business plan for the business.

This is a highly experiential course and the emphasis is placed on learning-by-doing. The course focuses on sharpening students' entrepreneurial mindset; a way of thinking and a way of acting.  It also provides an overview of what an entrepreneurial company looks like, from marketing to HR to operations, from the perspective of an entrepreneur. The course includes case studies of enterprises, an interview with a local entrepreneur, and an opportunity to write a business plan as a team.  Students come up with business ideas, and get feedback from "Team Hunter" mentors who are Calgarians with experience and knowledge about starting businesses and social enterprises. 

For Non-Haskayne students, no ENTI prerequisites.

Instructor: Mallika Banerjee (Fall 2022)


  • Fall 2022: MW 12:30 to 13:34
  • Winter 2023: TWRFS - 8:30 to 17:30

Overview of the process of entrepreneurship with a focus on the role of the entrepreneur in new venture initiative and development. Introduction to the processes involved in idea generation, evaluation, business planning or operations.

This course provides hands-on experience with the entrepreneurial process, emphasizing a "lean start-up" approach that eliminates much of the guess-work in entrepreneurship through systematic testing and feedback. The main deliverable for the course revolves around establishing a team to develop a product/service that you sell during the semester and then based upon your experience pitch to a key stakeholder needed to help scale your venture.

For non-Haskayne students, ENTI 201 is a prerequisite course.

Instructor: Kris Hans


  • Fall 2022: Tu 19:00 to 21:45

Application of knowledge of the processes involved in idea generation and evaluation ending in the technical, market, financial and human resource feasibility of a concept. Critical literature will be reviewed as it applies to the early stages of concept development and evaluation.

Opportunities can be identified through four different approaches: creativity techniques, formal analysis, networking, and leveraging resources. By learning the four approaches, you will have the skills to identify opportunities to create great businesses, solve social problems, and generally improve the world we live in. Opportunity identification also includes the ability to screen ideas for quality, through business research and Excel modelling.  Student go in-depth to develop entrepreneurial opportunity skills.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

Instructors: Kris Hans (Fall 2022), Mohammad Keyhani (Winter 2023)


  • Fall 2022: Thu 17:00 to 19:45
  • Winter 2023: M 14:00 to 16:45

Explores emerging internet-based technologies and digital tools that support, improve and transform the nature of entrepreneurship. Involves hands-on exercises using various tools and practice providing technology recommendations.

Entrepreneurship today is just not the way it used to be. Many aspects of starting and running a new venture are now fully or partially automated or in some way technology-assisted. The modern-day entrepreneur needs to know what a chatbot, Slack channel, IFTTT recipe, Trello board, Klout score or growth hack is. Entrepreneurs who fall behind in their ability to leverage the latest technology will find it increasingly difficult to compete. Take this course to learn how leading-edge tools and technologies are changing the nature of entrepreneurship, either to excel at your own venturing efforts or to consult or educate other entrepreneurs.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

  1. ENTI 411 - Technology Commercialization

    Instructor: Seok-Woo Kwon
    Offered: Winter 2023 Block Week: MTWRF – 9:00 - 18:00

    Investigation of building the founding team, marketing, financing, hiring human resources, and implementing growth strategies, emphasizing the practical application of theory and principles to a high technology business setting.

    For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 201 are required prerequisite courses.

Instructor: Rosalynn Peschl


  • Fall 2022: MTWRF 8:30 to 17:30 

Social enterprise uses the logic of business to solve social challenges. Explores themes on entrepreneurial thinking, business model development, impact measurement, and other issues to create and improve social enterprises.

Social Entrepreneurship is a successful business model that focuses on creating positive social and environmental impact with revenue generation, in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. This course will concentrate on for-profit and profit-hybrid models, but many of the principles and tools are applicable to any entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial (new social or environmental change initiatives in existing organizations) endeavours with a social mission. The course is focused on 4 specific areas: 1) Tackling "Heropreneurship" and the Oxford University "Map the System" Global Case Competition, 2) Utilizing tools that allow for the design, build & evaluation of social enterprise business models, 3) Measuring & Reporting Impact, and 4) Social Finance (Impact Investing). These areas will be analyzed through experiential exercises, guest speakers and numerous practical, hands-on tools.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.


  • Fall 2021: W 18:30 to 21:15

Legal issues that commonly confront emerging businesses and the law impacting business decisions are addressed. Topics may include corporate structure, directors' and officers' liability, financing and securities, intellectual property law, licensing, contractual interpretation and drafting, and other relevant legal issues.

This is a practical law course aimed at entrepreneurs but students who anticipate having to work with legal issues from a managerial perspective will find it useful.  Lectures will focus on: corporate share structure and incorporation, introductory corporate tax, financing through debt and equity, securities laws, intellectual property law (patents, copyright, trademark) and licensing, reading and drafting of contracts, employment law, negligence (waivers and insurance), and legal research issues.

For all UCalgary students, ENTI 317 or ENTI 381 are required prerequisite courses.

  1. ENTI 529 - Applied Capstone Project


    • Winter 2023: TuTh 15:30 to 16:45

    Provides a framework to pursue an entrepreneurial thinking experience, to support knowledge, skills development and reflection. Outcomes will include a valuable project deliverable, and reflection writings. Includes placements, individual and/or team projects.
    This course may not be repeated for credit.

    84 units including Entrepreneurship and Innovation 201 or 317, and admission to the Embedded Certificate in Entrepreneurial Thinking or the Haskayne School of Business or the Management and Society Minor or the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development.

Open to Haskayne BComm Students

Instructor: Rosalynn Peschl, Justin Knibbe (ONLINE)

This course has been designed to provide proven methods of entrepreneurial thinking to all Haskayne students. Entrepreneurial thinking has become one of the most important skills all firms seek in new hires, as an entrepreneurial mindset is an asset regardless of career path. Students will learn how to identify a problem, rapidly test their solution, and determine how to structure a disruptive business model to solve the problem. During the course students will be exposed to many events to interact with experts and pitch their ideas to receive feedback.

Required course for Haskayne students, no ENTI prerequisites.

Instructor: Michael Robinson Fall 2022, Lesley Tims Winter 2023
Offered: Fall 2022 MTWRF 8:30 - 17:30; Winter 2023 Tu 17:00 - 19:45

The course is designed to familiarize students with the alternative financing sources that can be used by a firm that is early in its life cycle.  The focus of the course will be on Canadian sources of capital; however, the principles and analytical techniques can be generalized to other countries. At the end of the course, the students will be able to develop a financing plan for their own business venture, or be able to render effective advice to firms seeking development capital.

For Haskayne students, FNCE 317 is a pre-requisite.

Open to Haskayne MBA Students

Instructors: Philip Davidson 


  • Fall 2022 W 18:00 to 20:45, S 8:30 - 12:00, MTWRF 8:30 to 17:30
  • Winter 2023: Tu 15:30 to 18:15, Thu 18:00 to 20:45, MTWRF 8:30 to 17:30

Business leaders are challenged to think entrepreneurially to seek opportunities and find ways to turn opportunities into viable ventures. These may be for-profit, not-for-profit, or social ventures. Students will engage in experiential learning to complete a feasibility assessment of such an opportunity, including the concept of giving back to society.

This course covers in-depth entrepreneurial thinking concepts, including innovation, design thinking and business modelling, which can help students to acquire the management competencies in creativity and innovation development to transform the toughest business challenges into opportunities. The team project with intensive fieldwork is embedded in the course.

Instructor: Malika Banerji

Offered: Fall 2022: Thu 18:30 to 21:15

The dynamics of innovation as the primary driving force within firms and modern industrialized economies. Potential concepts are incremental versus radical innovations, market-pull versus technology-push theories, dominant designs, technological trajectories, key factors for successful innovation. The emergence of new technologies; the importance of national and regional innovation systems; the role of science, regulations and social pressure in innovations dynamics; knowledge management; and implications for firms in rapidly changing industrial settings may be discussed. Also known as (formerly Entrepreneurship and Innovation 793)


Instructor: Seok-Woo Kwon

Offered: Fall 2022: MTWRF 9:00 to 18:00

The process of taking a technology product or service from development to the market, including market strategies, finding investors and potential early customers, the role of advisors, legal issues and the importance of the exit strategy for founders and early-stage investors. Students will be required to complete a major project to write a feasibility study for new technology or a case study of a successful technology venture. Also known as (formerly Entrepreneurship and Innovation 791)

Unlike other theory or 'book' classes, this course provides a real experience in preparing students to start a technology-based company. It is NOT about writing a feasibility study or business plan.  Instead, through computer simulation, we will place you into a very realistic high technology business setting where students will experience the uncertainty, ambiguity, and chaos of giving birth to a new business. Students will be working and studying in teams of their own choosing, although there will also be individual tests and assignments.  The simulation software used in the course will let students build a tech firm, experiment with strategies, and compete with other students in a virtual business world. In addition to helping students develop skills that will be valuable in starting a new business, this course will help students decide if entrepreneurship is right for them.

    Instructor: Michael Robinson

    Offered: Fall 2022: S 8:00 to 13:00

    Students learn firm formation, early-stage financing, and the development of massively scalable companies through lectures and interactions with ventures participating in the CDL-Rockies program.

    Offered: Winter 2023: S 8:00 to 13:00

    Students learn how to build a technology firm by providing hands-on assistance to CDL-Rockies ventures based on guidance provided by seasoned business mentors and investors.

    Instructor: Chad Saunders

    Offered: Winter 2023: W 18:30 to 21:15

    Known as the 'Hot House', ENTI 627 is a newly redesigned course that engages teams in the development of a new venture (startup). This course is open to students in the MBA program and other graduate programs (Masters and PhD) at the University of Calgary.

    Instructor: Rosalynn Peschl

    Offered: Winter 2023: MTWRF 08:30 to 17:30

    Study and discussion of current research literature and contemporary issues on topics related to Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Also known as (formerly Entrepreneurship and Innovation 789)

      Offered: Winter 2023: M 8:00 to 10:50, M 14:00 to 16:50

      Focuses on identifying and successfully exploiting opportunities by applying research and analytical tools. Some of the topics covered include design thinking and business modelling.

      Offered: Winter 2023: ThuF 8:00 to 10:50, ThuF 14:00 to 16:50

      Focuses on the use of leading-edge technology for innovation, entrepreneurship and automation in different organizational contexts. Special emphasis on web-based software such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) tools.

      Instructor: Mohammad Keyhani

      Offered: Winter 2023: W 11:00 to 13:45

      Intensive study and discussion of current literature and research with respect to selected, advanced topics in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. May include a formal academic or applied research project.

      Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option for non-MBAs

      This academic option equips non-business graduate students with the fundamental skills of entrepreneurial thinking that will allow them to become successful, real world innovators. It 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.

      Learn more about the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option...

      Instructor: Chad Saunders
      Offered: Fall 2022 Block Week: MTWRF – 8:30 - 17:30

      This experience-based course covers 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: Winter 2023: W 18:30 to 21:15

      Known as the 'Hot House', ENTI 627 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 625). This course is open to students in the MBA Program and other graduate programs (Masters and PhD) at the University of Calgary.

      Prerequisite: ENTI 625 or ENTI 601