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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Laurier Students Make a Difference

For years, Laurier has been a leader in entrepreneurship and social innovation education. As an Ashoka Changemaker Campus, Laurier is part of a global network of universities that support one another in making the world a better place. Our entrepreneurship and social innovation experience includes:

  • A wide range of courses and support services.
  • Active student clubs.
  • High-impact co-curricular programs.
  • Access to Laurier's large base of alumni entrepreneurs and social innovators, who volunteer their time to support today's students.
  • Laurier's new Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, which prepares students to be leaders in high-tech industries.

Entrepreneurship Curriculum

No matter what your area of focus is at Laurier, you can combine it with broader studies in the world of entrepreneurship. Start with an introductory course (typically in second year), and then by third year you can take ENTR300 and ENTR301, for example, where you'll experience the excitement of seeing your own startup ideas take shape in the real world.

Entrepreneurial opportunities are available at both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

Social Entrepreneurship Option

Another way to experience innovation and entrepreneurship at Laurier is by enrolling in the Social Entrepreneurship Option at the Waterloo campus. Social Entrepreneurship allows you to identify the values and issues that you’re passionate about and learn the best business practices to create sustainable solutions. These can include starting your own business or venturing into "intrapreneurship," where you can work with or for a non-profit organization doing policy work.

LaunchPad Program

Laurier’s own startup incubator, LaunchPad, available to students, alumni and community members at the Waterloo and Brantford campuses, provides support, mentorship and resources. Once you've tested your startup idea in our innovative curriculum, you can apply to participate in LaunchPad, located in the Communitech Data Hub in Waterloo and in the Market Darling Centre (MDC) on the Brantford Campus, to make your idea happen.

How to Get Involved

Year One

Participate in a Waterloo campus club:

  • Startup Laurier empowers students to explore and pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions.
  • Enactus enables students to make a difference in their community and around the world by creating social entreprises.
  • The Social Innovation Project hosts workshops and labs to help budding social entrepreneurs develop their idea.

Indicate that you want to join the Entrepreneurship Residence Learning Community when you are applying for residence.

Year Two

Choose one of the following courses, based on your program of study:

  • ENTR200: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • SE200: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • SC200: Entrepreneurship in Science

These courses are designed to give you the skills to identify opportunities, evaluate their viability and acquire the skills to effectively set up, grow and manage a new venture.

Year Three

Have an idea for a business? Completed one of the 200-level courses? Now you can take ENTR300: Business Model Creation, or SE300: Developing a Social Venture.

Year Four and After Graduation

Continue pursuing your startup idea with electives and complementary course offerings. Apply to LaunchPad for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.

Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in the Community

Laurier is a founding academic partner of Communitech, the Region of Waterloo’s industry innovation centre. It is also a leading institution within the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation RECODE project and frequently advises and collaborates with other institutions across Canada through the RECODE and Ashoka networks and by personal invitation.

The Community ChangeMaker workshop series is open to Brantford community members seeking to make positive social impact through new business ideas. Laurier is also a partner in CityStudio programs, which get students and city staff working together to tackle municipal problems, in both Waterloo and Brantford.


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