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Starting and developing a business at the same time as being a graduate student

Are you an innovator? Do you have an idea for a business?

Being an entrepreneur (i.e. designing and launching your own business) at the same time as managing the requirements of your graduate degree may seem like a challenging task, but it can (and has) been done by graduate students just like you! Whether you are still trying to decide if entrepreneurship is for you, or you already have a solid business idea, thinking like an entrepreneur will help you learn to see problems as opportunities, not stumbling blocks. This is your opportunity to be innovative, creative, gain skills employers want, and make an impact.

The University of Calgary is here to support you in all steps of your journey.

Most entrepreneurial or business development courses, workshops, and networking opportunities are offered at little to no cost to all UCalgary graduate students. Take advantage of the resources and on campus opportunities - click on the steps below to learn more.



Access everything you need to launch and grow your startup! The Summer Incubator Program is powered by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Innovate Calgary. Spend four months in Innovate Calgary's incubator space with mentorship and programming to support your new venture. This program is specific to graduate students. *Registration is now closed for 2017*

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Option for Graduate Students is an exciting opportunity for graduate students in all programs at the University of Calgary to learn about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking through specialized coursework offered through the Haskayne School of Business. It includes two winter term courses, Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Venture Creation. Costs to participate are partially covered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. *Registration will open in Summer 2017*

June 2016: Nursing & Engineering grad students team up after meeting in Entrepreneurship course to help families with disabilities.

April 2017: Teddy Seyed is turning his PhD project into an entrepreneurial endeavor - thanks to the innovative Calgary culture and the new entrepreneurial options available at UCalgary.

*This project is made possible, in part, by funding from the Government of Alberta.