About Us
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 such as North Forge Technology Exchange, Futurpreneur, World Trade Centre Winnipeg, Mitcas, ICTAM, Junior Achievement MB, Women's Enterprise Centre, BDC, Red River Innovation Centre, and more.

Partners in Education:

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.

  • Beginning in fall 2019, we have an exciting NEW! core course in entrepreneurship called ENTR 2030: Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Business and Social Perspectives course being added to our B.Comm.(Hons.) degree. Involvement includes providing experiential elements such as a pitch competition, support for business planning and the organization of a tradeshow.
  • In addition to the new Asper course, we are also offering a parallel course called ENTR 2020 that students from other faculties can take who are wanting to learn about the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.
  • We are proud to have a popular major in B.Comm. Hons. major in Entrepreneurship Small Business where students are exposed to the process of a new venture startup, social initiatives, small business management and family business.
  • Our MBA program is one of the most versatile programs in Canada and offers an entrepreneurship and innovation stream for students to concentrate on.

Driving Entrepreneurial Awareness:

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 represents a prestigious, international academic competition 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 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 - Undergrad Edition: This competition is for post-secondary students across the Province of Manitoba compete at this 1-day competition in an elevator pitch, logo pitch and business plan presentation for more than $15,000 prize money, and will evaluate the viability of their new venture.

Stu Clark New Venture Championships - High School Edition: High school students across the Province of Manitoba compete at this 1-day competition in an elevator pitch, logo pitch, business plan presentation and trade show competition and compete for exciting prizes. Not only is this competition fun for students, it also exposes them to important life skills such as public speaking, and writing skills in a fun and safe way.

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.

Create a Student Community:

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.

Supporting Entrepreneurial Activities:

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 Lindsay.friesen@umanitoba.ca

Community Connection:

Winnipeg’s vibrant, active and knowledgeable entrepreneurial ecosystem has some key players that we are honoured be connected with.

North Forge Technology Exchange is an innovation-based economic development agency and a powerhouse community to fuel Manitoba’s innovation economy providing entrepreneurs with award-winning mentors, rockstar subject matter experts and a two-stage startup program. Armed with Canada’s largest non-profit fabrication lab, we operate out of 27,000 square feet across Innovation Drive and Innovation Alley in Winnipeg, Canada.

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Futurpreneur has an internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

The World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTC Winnipeg) is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, the leading international trade network, representing more than 300 World Trade Centres in nearly 100 countries.The WTC Winnipeg provides support to Manitoba companies looking to grow their business beyond Manitoba and provides services to international companies interested in doing business with Manitoba companies. The WTC Winnipeg’s trade development team provides a range of services to help companies identify and pursue Targeted Trade Opportunities, explore new markets, and seek international partnership opportunities.

ICTAM The ICT Association of Manitoba, is on a mission to showcase Manitoba’s innovation and grow the province’s tech sector. Through collaboration, education and promotion, we bring people together to share skills, explore ideas and build a strong community. Every year ICTAM hosts quality events with industry leaders who are inventing the future, organizes training sessions where members boost their skills and champions causes that are important to the tech industry.

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years. Working with 60 universities, 4,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, they build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is a resource for women looking to start or expand their businesses and work on an individual basis with women throughout the province to answer their questions and help them determine the steps to make their businesses successfully. In addition to the three core services: business advising, training and financing, the team at the Centre has developed innovative programs to assist women at all business stages. They deliver a variety of events, networking and mentorship opportunities to help women develop their business knowledge and expand their networks.