The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship helps young entrepreneurs from all University of Manitoba faculties turn big ideas into successful business ventures.
Hosted by the Stu Clark Centre, the Manitoba High School New Venture Championships inspire high school students to consider entrepreneurship as their life’s calling. CEO Manitoba is an Asper student group located at the Centre, introduces young entrepreneurs to the incredible startup resources and opportunities all around them.
New Venture Analysis and Business Venture Analysis courses show students how to build business plans ready to present to investors, and introduce them to patented new technologies ready for commercialization through the U of M’s Technology Transfer Office.
The Centre hosts the Stu Clark Investment Competition and the Manitoba Undergrad New Venture Championships, where students pitch ideas and gain valuable feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders. The SCCE also co-hosts Game Changer: Manitoba Idea’s Competition, a two-phase event where students submit solutions to problems facing the world around them. The Centre also mentors students preparing for national and international business venture competitions.
The SCCE is the gateway to Winnipeg’s growing entrepreneurship scene and helps students gain access to mentorship opportunities with business leaders and innovators, digital fabrication, and prototyping support. The Centre also connects student ventures to potential funders, supporters, and community resources such as North Forge Technology Exchange and Futurpreneur Canada – organizations dedicated to helping innovation emerge, grow and thrive.
Once a venture has taken wing, the Stu Clark Centre can connect student entrepreneurs with organizations such as the Manitoba Technology Accelerator and the North Forge, which offer more advanced mentorship, facilities, and financial/investment opportunities for technology startups.
The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship was launched on April 1, 2008 thanks to the generous financial support of Asper School alumnus and oil and gas entrepreneur Stu Clark.
From 1997 to 2008, the Centre was known as the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship, thanks to a donation from the late Dr. Israel Asper, founder of CanWest Global Communications Corp. Ltd.
The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship maintains a link to its previous incarnation through the executive director’s position. This position is now known as the I.H. Asper Executive Director in Entrepreneurship.