Entrepreneurship Program

Why study Entrepreneurship?

Whether you see yourself starting your own business or finding a great career, the Entrepreneurship program will give you the skills and knowledge you need to make your mark. Saint Mary’s provides an exciting opportunity for you to run your own business while attending university — a unique and gratifying experience.

The Saint Mary’s approach

If you have a creative and adventurous spirit and like the idea of being your own boss, Entrepreneurship may be for you. An entrepreneurial mindset can help you embark on a variety of career paths. Our professors combine entrepreneurial experience with academic qualifications, exposing you to the newest methods of practice and theory.

Entrepreneurship is offered as a major in the Commerce and Arts programs.  A co-op option is also available.

Hands-on opportunities

There are many opportunities to take classroom learning to the next level by getting direct business experience that will help you succeed. Take part in workshops, events and competitions on campus and through the Arthur L. Irving Entrepreneurship Centre at Saint Mary's. Compete in business competitions and learn how to create and grow your own business. Our Entrepreneurship Centre gives students the advice, tools and support they need to create sustainable full or part-time businesses. You can also participate in Enactus, an international network of student entrepreneurs. You can also participate in Enactus, an international network of student entrepreneurs.

Sample courses offered:

  • Structuring the Startup
  • Entrepreneurship: Theory and Concepts
  • New Venture Opportunities
  • Strategic Management
  • Small Business Performance Improvement
  • Family Business

Career opportunities:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Investor
  • Build a technology start-up
  • Run a not-for-profit organization
  • Industry analyst Lobbyist
  • Management consultant
  • Develop a socially or environmentally aware firm

“The most exciting part of the Entrepreneurship Major at Saint Mary’s is that you don’t have to be in Commerce. You can be in Arts, too. This is the only university in Canada that provides such an opportunity.”

Ellen Farrell, Professor in Entrepreneurship and Venture Development

What our students are doing

JP Leroux and his team won $50k and the support needed to develop a smartphone app and bring it to market. Read more. 

As part of a team at the Rotman International Trading Competition, Keith Barr wrote an algorithmic trading model that buys and sells stocks and placed second out of 48 other teams (including MIT). Read more.

What our students are saying

"The co-op program at Saint Mary’s University has really helped me develop my entrepreneurial skills. I secured an internship in Toronto and have spent the summer working with established entrepreneurs across a wide variety of disciplines. I learned a lot in a short period of time and now have a strong professional network of advisors and potential investors."

- Jean-Phillipe Leroux, BComm'12, Entrepreneurship

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