Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Skills

December 2014

The Macdonald Entrepreneurship Program

JoseeFiset_large poster2_low resThe longstanding vision for entrepreneurship and discovery through science has never been as vibrant as it is today within the Faculty. Students are developing innovative solutions that reflect the Faculty’s expertise in agriculture, food, environment and nutrition. Consistent with McGill Principal Fortier’s view for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship across the University, the Faculty is looking to upscale its longstanding vision for entrepreneurship, science, and social innovation into a cross-University platform.

The Macdonald Entrepreneurship Program will coordinate, harmonize and sustainably grow the Faculty’s entrepreneurial and social innovation resources, activities and investments. It provides resources and services designed to launch students successfully into entrepreneurship and social innovation ventures. Designed and led by the Faculty, the Program consists of  internship placements, workshops and seminars, entrepreneurship competitions, as well as an academic component.

The Program provides enhanced learning opportunities through internship placements in agri-businesses, workshops and seminars led by inspiring entrepreneurs and social innovators. It also provides students with opportunities and resources to develop the skills needed to help launch them into successful entrepreneurship and social innovation competitions, such as the Hult Prize and the McGill Dobson Cup.

20141127_151231The Entrepreneurship Program hosted its first event under the Entrepreneurial Leadership Speaker Series with Mme Josée Fiset, co-founder and Vice-President of Les Boulangeries Première Moisson, who spoke on Transforming Bread and Butter Beyond Business. Mme Fiset shared her personal and professional experiences as a successful entrepreneur and business leader in the food sector. Following her presentation, two Bioresource Engineering students presented their prototype system for bread quality assessment by computer imaging, highlighting their hands-on experience in research and entrepreneurship as students in the Faculty.

The event was tremendously successful, with over 100 students and professors in the audience. It demonstrated the keen interest in entrepreneurship, built momentum among students for entrepreneurship, and informed students about the Faculty’s efforts to build and support entrepreneurial spirit on the Macdonald Campus.

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