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Entrepreneurship Bridges Lecture Series

Entrepreneurship Bridges is a series of five free events that promote entrepreneurism, provide start up and new venture advice and access to a community of entrepreneurs. The program is a joint initiative between the University of Ottawa’s Entrepreneurship Hub, the Faculty of Engineering, Start up Garage, the Entrepreneur’s Club and the Telfer School of Management. See also:

Schedule for 2017-18

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington that brings people together for weekend-long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

An exclusive edition of Startup Weekend is coming to uOttawa and is geared for current uOttawa students and recent graduates. The objective is to connect students across all faculties to encourage and promote entrepreneurship regardless of discipline of study. We look forward to seeing the different types of innovative ideas that can come to life when students branch out and connect with those around them with different skill sets and areas of expertise. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During the week, the University of Ottawa’s new emerging Entrepreneurship Hub will be hosting a variety of events, such as panels, lunch & learns and an elevator pitch competition, for students, alumni and members of the community to find out more about entrepreneurship and to develop networking opportunities.

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Perspectives about Women’s Enterprise

The Telfer School of Management presents Perspectives about Women’s Enterprise.  This speaker series features expert presentations about entrepreneurship and innovation, viewed through a gender lens. Join us on November 14 for a presentation by Dr. Susan Coleman, as well as the Canadian launch of her book The Next Wave: Financing Women’s Growth-Oriented Firms (Coleman & Robb, 2016). This presentation offers new insights about how women entrepreneurs are using creativity and strategy to fund enterprise growth, across different sectors and economies. The presentation will also highlight key takeaways about managing growth capital from Dr. Coleman’s new book, The Next Wave: Financing Women’s Growth-Oriented Firms. 

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Start Up Tools for Entrepreneurs

Starting a business, or working in a new venture can seem overwhelming, but it’s never been easier with the (mostly free) resources available today. The hardest part is keeping up with everything that’s available and sifting through the various tools. In conjunction with the Entrepreneurs’ Club, we’re proud to present a workshop series dedicated to presenting the latest Start up Tools and technology for startups.

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Telfer Innovation Policy Seminar Series (TIPSS)

The Telfer Innovation Policy Seminar Series (TIPSS) is a forum at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management for discussions on innovation policy for policy makers, researchers and students. This series endeavours to create an environment where participants can openly engage in conversation and learning related to the development, execution and evaluation of innovation policies primarily in Canada but also in international comparative settings

Click here to find out about upcoming TIPSS.

Management Research Seminar Series (MRSS)

The Management Research Seminar Series (MRSS) was created as a means for bringing together distinguished academics, business leaders and policymakers to discuss key management issues. Students are invited to participate into this forum which allows them to be exposed to a variety of experts and business topics such as management, innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.

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John de la Mothe Memorial Lecture Series

The John de la Mothe Memorial Lecture series was inaugurated in 2008 in the honour of John de la Mothe, a faculty member at the Telfer School for 15 years until his passing in August 2007. Dean Micheál J. Kelly of the Telfer School of Management described Dr. de la Mothe as “[a]n internationally renowned scholar and Canada Research Chair in Innovation Strategy, [who] made numerous and significant contributions to both research and policy development in the area of innovation.

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Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program

The Telfer Entrepreneurship mentorship program provides student entrepreneurs with quick access to start-up and business related feedback and advice from the business and entrepreneurial community. The program includes:

  • access to a community of seasoned business experts and entrepreneurs;
  • regularly scheduled, facilitated mentor meetings with a pool of mentors and other student entrepreneurs; and,
  • as-needed email and phone access to key entrepreneurs and experts.

There is no charge for this service however there is an application process and a limited number of spots available. For more information and to see the Mentorship Agreement, see:

For more information, contact Stephen Daze.

Please fill out and submit the following form. We will be in contact shortly to discuss your application. If you have any questions, please contact us at:


Entrepreneurs’ Club
The Entrepreneurs’ Club of the University of Ottawa is a not-for-profit student-run organization. Over the course of the academic year, the team devotes its time to organizing professional networking events that link Telfer School of Management students with the Ottawa business community.

ENACTUS (formerly SIFE) is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.


Telfer Business Traction Challenge

This competition will enable contestants to demonstrate the achievement of real milestones towards starting, or validating their business ideas as well as realistic goals moving forward. Applicants can be at any stage of their business idea but must be able to demonstrate real milestones completed and future goals.

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Elevator Pitch Competition

The annual Elevator Pitch Competition showcases some of the University of Ottawa’s top talent. As a part of Global Entrepreneurship week, this competition allows young entrepreneurs to present their business ideas that are still in the early stages of development to a panel of judges and Rise to the Top. The winners are awarded with a generous cash prize that they can put towards furthering their business idea. The evening also includes a catered networking portion as well as a keynote speaker that shares their personal successes and struggles as an entrepreneur. This year we plan on making the competition the most competitive to date.

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Prizes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Faculty of Engineering has established two annual competitions in entrepreneurship and innovation for Faculty of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students respectively. Taking an innovative product, technology, or service that has been technically and scientifically validated within the scope of courses or research work as the basis, participating students are required to develop business plans for the possible commercialization of that innovation. These business plans must integrate commercialization, product development, marketing, and entrepreneurship components.
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Startup Garage

The Startup Garage is an initiative of the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) to foster and support student entrepreneurship in the Ottawa area. The program offers student led ventures the opportunity to accelerate their business by working full time over the course of three months during the summer. Startup Garage provides each participant company with three essential ingredients: cash, space and support.
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