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What a great idea! Annual report showcases entrepreneurial thinking

First-ever Entrepreneurship and Innovative Thinking Report highlights UM impact

December 14, 2023 — 

In March 2023, UM President Dr. Michael Benarroch invited students, staff and faculty to think differently about entrepreneurship. Instead of invoking the traditional meaning of the term – describing businesses or start-ups – he put forth a broader view where “entrepreneurship is about taking an idea and exploring ways to use that idea to have an impact.”

Fostering the creation of impactful ideas has long been a strength of the University, whether or not these activities have been labelled entrepreneurial. Now, UM’s first Entrepreneurship and Innovative Thinking Report embraces a richer perspective to showcase the many ideas that have come to life at UM in the past year.  

The report explores the opportunities UM provides for students, staff and faculty to learn about, for and through entrepreneurship. Readers can learn how UM delivers entrepreneurship education, encourages student engagement, and empowers all members of the campus community to engage in entrepreneurial thinking. The report also shows how UM supports entrepreneurial ventures and how it contributes to the Manitoba entrepreneurship ecosystem.

A few highlights include:

  • The return of the Shad program to UM, an innovative Canadian program in which Grade 10 and 11 students spend a month on a university campus learning about STEAM and entrepreneurship
  • UM Microbiology student Natasha Theriault, who competed in the global Falling Walls Lab in Berlin
  • Exciting pitch competitions that engaged hundreds of students, both from UM and North America.
  • New resources to support faculty who are interested in teaching through entrepreneurship as a type of experiential learning

To read the Entrepreneurship and Innovative Thinking Report on Activities 2022-23, visit Entrepreneurial thinking at UM.


Get entrepreneurial at UM

To learn more about entrepreneurship and innovative thinking at UM, visit our webpage.

For more information about how to bring an entrepreneurial mindset into your learning environment, get in touch with Janine Carmichael, Faculty Specialist: Entrepreneurship.

To spark your entrepreneurial spirit, visit the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship.

To move your invention or research into a practical application, visit Partnerships and Innovation.



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