About Us

The Stu Clark Centre was founded in 1997 as a Centre within the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba to encourage and support student entrepreneurs. 

Our History

  • 1997

    Named the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship after Israel (Izzy) Asper

  • 2008

    Named the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship after Stu Clark

  • 2022

    Celebrating 25 years of entrepreneurial spirit in Winnipeg!

Our Donors

Stuart Clark

Stuart Clark (Bachelor of Commerce, Honours, 1976) has a passion for entrepreneurship. He has given the Asper School of Business $5 million to support entrepreneurship; this is in addition to Stu’s initial gift of $1,000,000, which he made two years ago. In recognition of his generosity, the University of Manitoba has renamed the Centre from the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship to the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship. This is particularly fitting given Stu’s feelings about the late Izzy Asper.

Stu made his mark in the oil and gas exploration business in Alberta, where he now lives. While he is no longer involved with the day-to-day operations of running a business, he continues to be an active investor as a founding shareholder and board member of four companies. 

Israel (Izzy) Asper

The original home grown entrepreneur. Twice named Manitoba Entrepereneur of the Year by his peers at the University of Manitoba. Also in 1997, the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship was established in Mr. Asper’s name in recognition of his exceptional business leadership and through he generous contribution he made to the School of Business on the occasion of CanWest’s 20th anniversary. 

Success Stories

White Pine Bicycles

  • Brendan started White Pine Bicycle Co. after trying to find a single-speed bicycle he could use to train on as he got back into racing shape. He didn’t need something overly light or fancy — just something simple that could take a beating on the country roads he would take it on. After searching locally, he found that his options were very limited and were priced much higher than he wanted to spend. In the end, he ordered a complete bicycle from California that was very expensive to ship and was not treated well in shipping. The experience left him wishing there had been an easier option, so after extensive research, Brendan set up a kiosk outside of The Forks market on June 25, 2014. White Pine Bicycle Co. then took up residence in the Johnston Terminal at The Forks for the next five years before expanding to a second location at 2059 Portage Ave.

Quantum Lock Technologies

  • Quantum Lock Technologies is a patented hardware-software solution making facilities more secure and connected using completely unpredictable digital keys using quantum information. With their centralized hub, lock module, and proprietary software, they provide unparalleled security, real-time detection, and ledger updates. Quantum Lock Technologies competed and won the 2021 Stu Clark New Venture Championships graduate business plan competition. 

How we help:

  • 500 +

    Venture Coach Meetings

  • $750,000+

    in prize money awarded to student ventures

  • 1250

    students participated in competitions

Contact us

Amy Jones
Program Coordinator
Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship
Room 212 Drake Centre
181 Freedman Crescent
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada