The 2021 Applications for the Dobson Cup powered by National Bank are now open!

McGill’s flagship startup competition brings emerging McGill entrepreneurs with a startup idea or a business concept together to compete for over $200,000 in prize money.

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A conversation with Dr. Noubar Afeyan 

We are honoured to co-host Dr. Noubar Afeyan (Co-founder and Chairman Moderna & Founder and CEO, Flagship Pioneering) with the McGill Engine for the 8th Annual John D. Thompson Entrepreneurial Development Seminar on January 28th!

Our Mission

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1988 and has established itself as the hub of entrepreneurial activity at McGill University. Our mission is to support McGill entrepreneurs as they seek to build innovative companies with a purpose.


The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has grown considerably since its founding in 1988 under the late John Dobson, BCom’49, a known advocate for free enterprise and entrepreneurship. The Foundation has continued to offer financial support to advance the Centre's efforts, including a $2 million gift to support the McGill X-1 Accelerator in 2017 and a $3 million gift in July 2020. 

Others in the community have also stepped up to support the Dobson Centre's programs and initiatives, including Mr. Avrum Morrow, the Mastercard Foundation, the Murdoch Family, National Bank, Interac and many others.


Sources: 2020 PitchBook UniversityUBI Global’s Top 20 University Business Incubators

409Active Startups
5,900+new jobs created
$770 Million

raised by our startups


10,000+highly engaged members in our ecosystem
10McGill Faculties


23universities represented
40%co-/founded by women 

Updated: July 2020

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