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Teaching entrepreneurial skills to graduate students

April 29, 2021
BY GERRY RUCCHIN

The Faculty of Education and the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship at Ivey Business School are teaming up to present an Entrepreneur Summit for graduate students.

This three-session event in May will introduce entrepreneurial skills to graduate students where they will understand the quality of a business idea and how to develop it into a real plan. Education alumni will also speak about their entrepreneurial experiences.

Entrepreneurship Coach for the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, Nicole Haney, said entrepreneurial skills are important because they promote resiliency, problem solving and innovative thinking, which graduate students can bring to employers in any industry and they can also use these skills to bring an innovative idea to the marketplace.

“Over the past several years, we’ve noticed many students from a variety of faculties across campus, including Education, show an interest in entrepreneurship,” said Haney. “We’re here to support them and show that entrepreneurship isn’t just for business students. It’s for everyone.”

Haney said more students are considering careers that deviate from traditional career paths because the employment landscape is rapidly changing and the pandemic is causing students to think outside the box regarding their job prospects.

“We want to offer support to these students as they’re exploring what their options might be post-graduation and help them to develop skill sets that will support whichever career path they choose,” said Haney.

This is the second event the Faculty of Education and the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship are hosting. Last year, a virtual entrepreneurial event was held. As part of the event, an Education alumna talked to the class about her entrepreneurial journey and how she had gone down a winding career path that eventually led her to create a food business.

“Our graduate students have developed and refined a number of skills that will make them successful entrepreneurs or valuable employees,” said Education Dean Donna Kotsopoulos. “This summit will help them take these skills they’ve learned at the Faculty and apply them outside of an academic environment.” 

Since last year’s session was successful, they decided to have another event and offer it to more students across the Faculty. 

“Our goal is to inspire students to think in innovative ways that will help in their future careers – regardless of whether they chose to be an entrepreneur in the future,” said Haney.

Entrepreneurship Summit

May 17, 19, 20
Online
May 17: Evaluating your Business Idea and Planning
May 19: Alumni Entrepreneurial Journey
May 20: How to Pitch your Business Idea Register once. Choose the sessions you want to attend.

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