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How does innovation come to life at McGill?

Innovation is certainly a buzzword in business media and Canadian policy – but at what point does the buzz transform into action? At McGill, “innovation” is most broadly understood to mean the advancing of public good, either through the development of scientific and technological solutions to market problems, or through novel approaches to meeting society’s pressing needs.

Published on : 08 Jun 2016

Minoring in entrepreneurship, majoring in success

Popular culture loves the mythology of the self-made success, the boot-strapping individual who eschews formal education to blaze a path to success. But, while superstar dropouts can capture our imaginations – think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg – they are the exceptions, not the rule.

Published on : 10 Apr 2016

Minoring in entrepreneurship, majoring in success

Popular culture loves the mythology of the self-made success, the boot-strapping individual who eschews formal education to blaze a path to success. But, while superstar dropouts can capture our imaginations – think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg – they are the exceptions, not the rule. Especially in Canada: a study by the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, for example, found that nearly 90 per cent of the founders of Canada’s top 250 tech companies are university graduates.

Published on : 06 Apr 2016

Suzanne Fortier calls for fostering young entrepreneurs

University head urges Montreal business leaders to help students fulfill their entrepreneurial ambitions

Published on : 25 Nov 2015

Why this serial entrepreneur finally went back to school

Nicholas Reichenbach believes in letting the ideas flow. Similarly, Alexander Kalil, a former portfolio manager in his 70s who teaches at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management in Montreal, encourages MBA students to take an open-minded approach to business creation. Read full article: The Globe and Mail, November 16, 2015

Published on : 20 Nov 2015

The Most Powerful Entrepreneurs in Canada

Who’s really calling the shots in Canada? Every year, Canadian Business compiles a list of the Power 50, the dealmakers, financiers, entrepreneurs and CEO whisperers who are shaping the way we do business now. 50. Imran Ahmed Founder, Business of Fashion  Built a huge following in a $1-trillion industry

Published on : 19 Nov 2015

The Next Page: 5 Things You Need to Know About Starting Your Own Business

What better way to learn about starting your own business then from someone who’s already done it? Whether you’re lucky enough to have a successful entrepreneur as a teacher, a mentor, or within your network, the advice they can offer is invaluable. Read more on The Next Page, the School of Continuing Studies' newsletter.    

Published on : 26 Oct 2015

Making Your Passion Pay

When British entrepreneur Oliver Proudlock visited France for a ski season he didn’t expect to sell a chalet and begin his start-up journey. Here is his story... “I sold a small guest house in the French Alps for a friend a little over half a decade ago and stumbled upon a business model that really worked. I’d begun with a three-bedroom chalet in 2009, perched above the town of Chamonix, offering catered accommodation during the winter ski season and turning into a backpackers lodge once the snow had melted... "

Published on : 21 Aug 2015

Going Off on Your Own (or Not): MBA Electives in Entrepreneurship

From Richard Branson to Steve Jobs, entrepreneurs might be considered the defining business leaders of this generation. ... “When they come into the class, 90 percent of them don't know what they're going to do,” says Alex Kalil, who teaches on two entrepreneurship courses at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management. Read full article: Find MBA

Published on : 24 Jul 2014

24 Hours of Innovation

Consider it a cram session for change. Starting at 9 a.m. on May 21 (in Montreal at least), some of the world’s brightest young thinkers will have one short day to create, develop, and pitch solutions to some of society’s stickiest problems. This is the 24h de l’Innovation competition.

Published on : 03 May 2013