Innovation and entrepreneurship for graduate students

The chance of a lifetime

As a grad student at the University of Calgary, you have access to unique opportunities and resources to help you develop an innovative business idea or commercialize your research.

Learn about hands-on training in innovation and entrepreneurship, and take advantage of all the university has to offer while you are still a student!  


Entrepreneurship and innovation courses for grad students

In partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Haskayne School of Business offers courses in entrepreneurship and innovation for all non-MBA grad students.

Gain hands-on experience as you learn the fundamental skills of entrepreneurial thinking. 

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) Option offers two courses: 

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENTI 781 - fall block week)
  • Venture Creation (ENTI 785 - winter term)

ENTI students often go on to participate in Summer Inc.

Learn more about entrepreneurship and innovation courses

Summer Inc.

The Summer Incubator (Summer Inc.) program is hosted by Platform Calgary (formerly Calgary Technologies, Inc.) from May through August every year.

Participants are provided with co-working space, mentorship and programming to support the development of new business ventures. 

Summer Inc. tailors its programming to the needs of participants, whether you are starting from the discovery phase or ready to scale up an existing business.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides up to $8,000 in scholarships to eligible grad student participants.

Learn more about Platform Calgary


Innovation success stories

Learn about grad students who discovered a passion for entrepreneurship.

Pierre Wijdenes

Pierre Wijdenes, PhD (biomedical engineering)

Suzanna Crawford

Suzanna Crawford, Nursing

Teddy Seyed

Teddy Seyed, Computer Science