||Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship
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As Director of the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship, Dr. La Royce Batchelor develops and manages the programs within the Centre and works to strengthen connections between the Centre, the Asper School’s academic entrepreneurship program, and community partners and stakeholders. She also serves as a mentor to young entrepreneurs at the University of Manitoba seeking to launch startups and compete in global business venture competitions.
A self-described “lifetime serial entrepreneur,” Batchelor launched her first startup at age 15. She has coached more than 75 student ventures, and dozens of public ventures, from concept to launch – most from a zero funds startup approach. As an instructor at the University of North Dakota, she created and taught courses in digital entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial communication. Her academic research focuses on pedagogy and intellectual property. Her research garnered her an invitation to teach at the University of Shanghai Science and Technology where she taught Innovation Management.
Over the course of 25 years of teaching, she is driven by a simple philosophy: “Teach the student, not the course.”
Batchelor holds a BA in Speech and Rhetoric, an MA in Political and Cultural Communication, and a PhD in Communication: Critical Discourse and Policy from the University of North Dakota. She has served in the National Communication Association’s Experiential Learning Division, most recently as Executive Secretary.
Batchelor is also a medal- and award-winning Sensei who holds the rank of Sandan in Shotokan Karate.