More awards for Student Entrepreneurs

Check the descriptions and links below for more information.


Fail Tale Cup

The Fail Tale Cup is a fund to support student entrepreneurs at Memorial University who have tested a business idea and failed.

Most successful entrepreneurs fail multiple times before they reach their personal heights. At MCE, we celebrate failure and will support you in your next business idea!

Every year we will award $1,000 to a student who can show failure and lessons learned. The $1,000 can be used to kickstart a new idea, and embark on a path to startup success!

Applications close: TBA

The Sutu Award

The Sutu Award helps a student in their first, second or third year of any program who is interested in developing a product and working with the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship (MCE).

Established by the founders of Sutu, one of the winners of the inaugural 2017 Mel Woodward Cup, this annual award is valued at $1,000 and will be granted to a student in their first, second, or third year of study in any undergraduate program at Memorial University.

This award is also an excellent prep for the Mel Woodward Cup, where students can win $25,000 to work on their entrepreneurial project!

Peter and Janet Gardiner Award for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

This fund was initially established from contributions to the University’s Anniversary Fund to commemorate the memory of Peter Gardiner, and subsequently further supported by Peter and Janet’s children in memory of their parents. Peter was a former Director of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s then School of Business and a local entrepreneur. Janet was the Province’s first female chartered accountant (1956), served on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business Administration, and was the first woman to chair Memorial University of Newfoundland's Board of Regents from 1991-1997. This award is valued at a portion of the income on the endowment, normally $5,000.00 annually, and will recognize student creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship as evidenced by a student’s genuine interest in small business and entrepreneurship through the establishment or the intention to establish a new venture. Students in any program of study (graduate or undergraduate) are eligible. To apply for the Peter and Janet Gardiner Award for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, students are to provide a written report or plan describing their venture. Award finalists will then be asked to make an oral presentation to the Award Selection Committee. The Award Selection Committee will consist of faculty members from the Faculty of Business Administration and the business community at large. In the case of undergraduate students, the awards will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards acting on the recommendation of this panel. In the case of graduate students the awards will be made by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Business Administration.

James R. Pearcey Award for Entrepreneurship

This award is the result of a generous donation by the donor, Mr. Wade. K. Dawe, B. Comm. ‘92. It is valued at portion of the income from the endowment up to $10,000.00 and is established in memory of James R. Pearcey, a Civil Engineering graduate and former president of his 1993 class, at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The award recipient will be a student in the Faculty of Business Administration in any academic year, in clear academic standing (though academic performance may be considered) and who shows clear evidence of a significant propensity toward entrepreneurial activities and study as assessed by a competition. Materials for submission to the competition may include an essay or business plan, or other materials that the applicant feels will demonstrate their entrepreneurial nature. Supporting documentation such as letters of reference, a resume or curriculum vitae may also be included. The recipient will be selected by a faculty committee, the composition of which will be determined by the Scholarships Office, but will include representation by both the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. The award will be conferred by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards based on the recommendation of the faculty committee.

Mifflin Entrepreneurship Award

The Mifflin Entrepreneurship Award at Memorial University of Newfoundland was established through a gift from Fred and Denise Mifflin in memory of Harold I. Mifflin. Fred and Denise believe in the power of education and entrepreneurial spirit to create long-term properity and success for Newfoundland and Labrador. The donation was designed to encourage and support entrepreneurship among students at Memorial Univeristy by providing seed funding at the early stages of business development. Administered by the Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship, one or more seed funding awards will be provided annually to successful applicants. To be eligible, students must be enrolled either full-time or part-time in any program  of undergraduate or graduate study at Memorial University of Newfoundland, be participants in the MCE programs, and must complete the application process required by the MCE. Valued at a portion of the income on the endowment, the size and number of awards may vary annually at the joint discretion of the Deans, Faculty of Business Administration and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences on the recommendation of the Director, Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship. This award is currently designated to eligible recipients of the Spark Fund who meet the eligibility requirements of the Mifflin Entrepreneurship Awards.