Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP)

The ETP is a program for graduate students interested in starting a business. It has been offered by the School of Graduate Studies since 2011. The ETP is delivered through interactive presentations and workshops by entrepreneurs, staff and faculty. The program covers core entrepreneurship themes and skills such as problem-solving and design learning, the lean start-up methodology, sales, marketing and financial planning. The ETP also connects graduate students to resources such as local entrepreneurs, mentors and funding sources.

Genesis Evolution

Evolution is a pre-incubator program created by Genesis in 2015. In this eight-week program, entrepreneurs learn to engage with potential customers while receiving mentorship from Genesis’ advisors. The program helps entrepreneurs identify their markets, validate their idea and find Problem Solution Fit. Evolution culminates with the program’s pitch event, Pitch & Pick. This program is open to the community.

The Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE)

The MCE inspires and enables aspiring entrepreneurs at Memorial University by offering entrepreneurial students foundational training, encouragement, guidance, access to funding and connections to create high-growth startups. Launched four years ago, MCE is a pan-university support centre for all Memorial faculties, schools and campuses. Programs include foundational workshops, startup coaching, entrepreneurial work terms and internships and several funding opportunities including the Spark Fund ($500), the Ignite Fund ($2,000) and the Mel Woodward Cup ($25,000 and $15,000). In four years, MCE grew from an initial intake of 20 students to more than 300 annually and MCE supported companies have attracted $13.2 million in private financing. In 2019, the MCE was recognized as one of the top five emerging entrepreneurship centres in the world.

Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre

The Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre is a place for budding entrepreneurs to collide with like-minded individuals and receive support from business advisors to help turn business ideas into startup realities. Navigate champions a culture of entrepreneurship by helping aspiring entrepreneurs from the pre-startup or idea phase through to the development of fully-fledged business models and plans. With vibrant locations on both Grenfell Campus and College of the North Atlantic (CNA) Corner Brook Campus, Navigate provides access to business tools, one-on-one business counselling, financial resources, startup programming, events, and opportunities for networking, mentorship and learning. The Navigate Program is a joint initiative between Grenfell Campus and CNA Corner Brook Campus.