Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Together, we will create entrepreneurial thinkers

We are a world leader among young universities, located in Canada’s most enterprising city.

The next generation of entrepreneurs is emboldened by our energetic vision to become Canada’s entrepreneurial university – a centre of business and academic excellence that fuses ideas with action.

Our entrepreneurial and innovative spirit ignites enterprising solutions. Our graduate and undergraduate students gain a vigorous approach to problem solving that well serves communities. We enable them to become inventive, effective and conscientious planners and leaders.

The new Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning demonstrates our willingness to be in the vanguard of entrepreneurial thinking, teaching and learning. It’s a fresh approach and the first of its kind in Canada.

We are enabling thinkers to become entrepreneurs and inspiring business people to spark positive changes with lively and effective concepts.

Student experiences to unleash potential

Invest in a different kind of energy

$400 million

Entrepreneurial approach to learning

The Hunter family has a passion to promote the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in business.

Calgary entrepreneur Doug Hunter learned about the rigours of business the hard way. He wanted to make it easier for students, so he and his wife, Diane, kick-started the launch of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation with a $5-million donation.

We translate the Hunter family’s generous spirit into action on campus and in the community. Our program engages students through a focused experience with an emphasis on teaching and leadership.

Think big, be bold

Kim Neutens’ earliest experience in business was as a lemonade stand proprietor.

Today, the director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is helping develop a new generation of business innovators.

Neutens didn’t grow up imagining she’d lead the first Canadian centre designed for entrepreneurs. Yet, it’s her dream job. It empowers her to think big and be bold.

The former competitive swimmer is positioning Hunter to be the best facility of its kind in North America with an emphasis on student mentorship, research and faculty excellence.

Homegrown success inspires students

One of the university’s most notable graduates – businessman and designer Garrett Camp, BSc’01, MSc’06 – is one of its most successful entrepreneurs.

Camp is best known for Uber, the app-based on-demand car service he co-founded. He started his first startup tech company, StumbleUpon – it helps its users discover new things online based on their interests – while in graduate school.

Learn what happened when he revisited the university recently to discuss entrepreneurial success with students and community members.

Fuse talent with passion to achieve success

When students are empowered to harness their energy and unleash their potential, they can change the world. When they can see ideas turned into action, it fires their imaginations.

When Uber co-founder and UCalgary alumnus Garrett Camp visited main campus at an event hosted by the Hunter Centre that allowed students to ask questions – along with Conrad Whelan, BSc’02, MSc’05, Uber engineering manager and fellow Schulich alumnus – well, it sparked fireworks.

What were Camp’s takeaway lessons? Fuse talent with passion for entrepreneurial success. Develop a product you want to use yourself.

Actionable ideas help to transform communities

Innovate Calgary is a full-service organization offering technology-transfer and business-incubator services to researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses within the advanced technology sector. 

It brings the university and the community together as a catalyst for positive change. Ideas are forged by passionate innovators at the university and activated with communities to empower and enhance them.

Formed in 2010 as a partnership between our University Technologies International (UTI) and Calgary Technologies Inc. (CTI), Innovate Calgary promotes progress.   

Learning in a collaborative environment

Future engineers learn best by doing.

The Capstone Design Program and the Capstone Design Fair offer students opportunities to tackle real-world problems that can impact communities. The fair showcases high-tech gadgets and innovative design.

Final-year engineering students can develop engineering ideas from concept to design – and often to prototype. Collaboration is a key component of the capstone course. 

What is the community response to the popular and growing fair? Most often, “Wow.”

Join us in creating entrepreneurial thinkers

Contact information

Andrea Morris / Kim Kadatz
Associate Vice President, Campaign Management / Associate Vice President, Development
403.210.9175 / 403.220.7155
andrea.morris@ucalgary.ca / kkadatz@ucalgary.ca