The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) is here to support entrepreneurial activities across the entire University of Manitoba campus. In addition to supporting students at the I.H. Asper School of Business we also support students from ALL faculties across the University of Manitoba - Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus including: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and more!
In a nutshell, if you are a student enrolled at the University of Manitoba… WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! We aim to support you and help spark your entrepreneurial spirit to realize that entrepreneurship is a viable career regardless of your field of study.
We support student entrepreneurship by being partners in education, driving entrepreneurial awareness through exciting competitions, creating a community where students can come together and support one another in their ventures, supporting entrepreneurial ventures through our Venture Coach Program, and connecting students to the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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Regardless of students’ chosen area of study, the SCCE is designed to support and promote educational opportunities related to entrepreneurship in a variety of ways.
The SCCE drives entrepreneurial awareness through a number of exciting events and competitions including our three major business plan competitions listed below.
Stu Clark New Venture Championships - Graduate Edition:
This competition is our premier competition and represents a prestigious, international academic opportunity designed to mimic the real world process of starting a new venture while rewarding innovative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit. The competition is for graduate students to gain real experience while developing and growing new ventures based on the student created, managed or owned ventures. Just by participating teams are guaranteed at least $1,000 but more than that, the expertise and feedback teams will receive from our leading industry expert judges including Stu Clark himself, is more than money can buy. Throughout this 2-day competition teams will compete in an Elevator Pitch, Logo Pitch and Business Plan Presentation for more than $60, 000 prize money and will evaluate the feasibility, market opportunity and business model of a new venture.
Stu Clark New Venture Championships - Undergraduate Edition:
This exciting competition is for undergraduate students from all post-secondary schools in Manitoba including Red River College, University of Winnipeg, Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, University of Manitoba and others. This is an excellent opportunity for students to bridge from traditional classroom learning to real life experience as they pitch their ideas in front of judges and an audience. Throughout this 1-day competition individually or as a team, students will compete in an Elevator Pitch, Logo Pitch and Business Plan Presentation for more than $15,000 prize money. Along with the opportunity to win prize money students get valuable experience pitching their venture (practice makes perfect!) and they will also receive feedback on the feasibility, market opportunity and suggestions from our leading industry judges on how to make their venture even stronger.
Stu Clark New Venture Championships - High School Edition:
High school students across the Province of Manitoba compete at this fun filled 1-day competition in an Elevator Pitch, Logo Pitch, Business Plan Presentation and Trade Show Competition for more than $6,000 in exciting prizes. This competition exposes students to important life skills such as public speaking, and writing skills and creative thinking in an entertaining and safe way. Along with winning great prizes, students will gain insight and feedback from our judges. Students can choose to compete individually or in a team and ventures can be anything students are highly passionate about! We’ve seen unique concepts such as a public speaking virtual reality app, a mobile car detailing service, gourmet homemade hot sauce and spray-on grip that improves the performance of athletic shoes! This is an exceptional experience for high school students!
Ramp Up is open to all faculties at U of M and is an event in partnership with the Technology Transfer Office, North Forge Technology Exchange and the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship. This event is 1.5 days long and begins with a pitch session where students pitch their idea to the crowd. Following this, students create teams based on the ideas and spend the next day working on idea validation, market research, financials, assessing the competitive landscape and more. This event promotes ideas to collide, grow and change while also providing students the opportunity to pitch their venture at the end of the weekend for a chance to win money and feedback from industry judges.
These competitions wouldn’t be possible without heavy involvement from our entrepreneurship community members and allies in our business and educational community. Each event requires 20 – 35 industry expert judges who are tasked with providing students valuable and tangible feedback to help progress the student’s ventures forward.
In addition to competition, we also provide support to The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub which is an initiative launched to provide access to critical information in support of Women’s Entrepreneurship. It will serve as a one-stop source of knowledge, data and best practices for women entrepreneurs. As part of this role, The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub will deliver a number of activities intended to support the advancement of women entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds throughout the innovation ecosystem.
Sponsored by the Stu Clark Centre and other local community members the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is a campus wide entrepreneurial student group and is the heartbeat of student level entrepreneurship. CEO organizes fun events and networking opportunities throughout the year in Winnipeg’s dynamic entrepreneurship community! Events often include a local business start-up bus crawl, a real life elevator pitch competition, a campus edition of Ramp Up Weekend and more!
In addition to the exciting events offered by CEO, the SCCE also hosts events lunch hour events and workshops throughout the year that inspire, connect and spark entrepreneurial spirit students with business plan boot camps, lunch and learn videos, and Q & A discussions with local entrepreneurs.
The Venture Coach program at the SCCE is a resource for students to help lead them into startup land! The Venture Coach provides one-on-one meetings with students at any stage in the startup, from the beginning stages of an idea and beyond. Students book a meeting with the Venture Coach and receive valuable feedback in idea vetting, feasibility studies, financial modelling, capital raising, capital structuring, market research, cash flow projections, or to simply bounce ideas around with another entrepreneur!
The Venture Coach at the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship is a recent graduate who has experience in entrepreneurship and is passionate about mentoring students pursuing their own ideas for a venture.
To book a meeting with our Venture Coach email firstname.lastname@example.org
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