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SCS & MaRS Create New Entrepreneurship Courses

October 11, 2013
Business & Professional Studies

The School of Continuing Studies has officially launched its new  Certificate in Entrepreneurship programFoundations of Entrepreneurial Management, the first course in the certificate, began on Tuesday October 8th with a full-capacity crowd of thirty students in attendance.

The program was created and is offered in collaboration with MaRS Discovery District, a global leader in entrepreneur education and resources.  The first class is being taught by Keri Damen, IMBA, Director of Entrepreneurship Education at MaRS.  Considering the need for professional education around entrepreneurship, Damen said, “More people than ever are striking out on their own to build startups and the new Certificate in Entrepreneurship will fulfill this demand for more formal, yet practical and accessible entrepreneurship education.”

Students Jenny Wood and Anderson Pisaniello both enrolled in Foundations of Entrepreneurial Management in order to build the skills necessary to start their own business.

Wood just graduated from university and has “always been interested in entrepreneurship.”  Though she is still considering different business ideas, she says that she looks forward to being her own boss.

As a graduate of the Project Management Certificate at the School of Continuing Studies, Pisaniello already has experience with the ways that education can impact career growth.  He feels like he “has a lot of work to do, and I need help to make my idea come to life.  I’ve come to this class to make sure I have all the information I need to build my business.”

Building off an economic trend worldwide, the popularity of the first entrepreneurship course reflects a growing interest in creating small and medium sized-businesses.   A recent study commissioned by BMO found that 46% of postsecondary students in Canada see themselves as starting their own business.

“We tell our students that your dream job does not exist – you must create it,” says Damen.

To find out more about the Entrepreneurship Certificate, or to enrol in the January session of Foundations of Entrepreneurial Management, please click here.  You can also follow the program on Twitter at EntrepreneurSCS and with hashtag #StartUpEdu.


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