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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fund

Announcing the Schulich Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund

The Schulich IEF Fund supports student and alumni entrepreneurs and innovators through a variety of special events, training and accelerator programs, startup competitions and prizing opportunities.

Please visit our 'Giving Page' today:


Your Schulich Innovation & Entrepreneurship Fund Donations will help us:

* Increase the Value and Impact of Schulich Startup Night Prizing

* Launch Innovative New Support Programs & Training Events for our Entrepreneurs

* Grow our Portfolio of Startup/Innovation Work Integrated Learning placements


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Bespoke Donation Opportunities

To get involved, please contact us at advancement@schulich.yorku.ca

Awards, Scholarship and Bursaries

Consider creating a special scholarship, award or bursary for our next generation of student entrepreneurs and innovators.


New Venture Design Course Awards

Many of our ENTR Studies Program classes include special prizing for the top startup concepts developed in-class (helping bring them to life beyond the classroom).

Together 2022 Support

Help fund prizing for participants in our 'Together 2022 Initiative' (in partnership with Startup India). Visit the Together 2022 Web site for more details or contact us if you would like to specifically donate to this Indo-Canadian Community Partnership.

Featured Donors and Prize Sponsors

Supporting our Students

Schulich Startup Night Awards

Top Student and Alumni Founders are eligible to receive up to $5,000 at Schulich Startup Night to help with technology development and commercialization thanks to the generous support of the Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation & Jordan Hellyer.

Additional SSN Awards include:

ZEIFMANS LLP – Accler8 Innovation Package

BERESKIN & PARR LLP – IP INNOVATION AWARD

WILDEBOER DELLELCE LLP – Startup Innovation Award

The Peterson Family Gold Medal & Scholarship in Entrepreneurial Studies

The Peterson Family Gold Medal & Scholarship in Entrepreneurial Studies is awarded to a graduating undergraduate student who has pursued the Entrepreneurial & Family Business Studies concentration and achieved the highest academic standing in the concentration and also demonstrates true entrepreneurial spirit and drive. (Value: $1500)

Timothy A. Brown Startup Award for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

Timothy A. Brown teaches the Schulich Mini-MBA: Dentist Business Leadership Program at the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC). The Award is designed to help one 2nd or 3rd year BBA/iBBA students who demonstrates financial need afford the cost of education and help kick-start their entrepreneurial journey. The recipient will also receive the optional opportunity for quarterly mentorship sessions with the Executive Director of Schulich’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (Value: $1000)

Jack Leitch Award in Entrepreneurial Thinking

To celebrate Jack Leitch’s generosity and his legendary accomplishments in his career, the Jack Leitch Award in Entrepreneurial Thinking will be awarded to an incoming MBA student who demonstrates experience in innovation, product design, leadership and entrepreneurship. The recipient will have a concept mapped out for a startup company he/she wants to pursue while at the School or will have a company he/she is building already and wants to continue developing while at the School. To be eligible, applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. The recipient will also be offered one-on-one mentorship and ongoing support from a Schulich Entrepreneur in Residence and membership within The Schulich Startups Community (a group of more than 150 Schulich Founders). (Value: $10,000)

Bob Elhart Prize

Established by Chris Carder, Executive Director of the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Bob Elhart Prize in Entrepreneurship & New Firm Creation course (ENTR 6605 MMGT), is awarded to the winning team (4-6 students) who presents the "top startup pitch"' as determined by a panel of independent judges during the final class. The winning team will be selected each year in July. (Value: $1,000 per year)

Peyvand Melati Award

Alumnus Peyvand Melati (EMBA ’18), has established the Peyvand Melati New Venture Design (NVD) Award (“Award”) to encourage the winners of the NVD Course to make their venture a reality. The Award will be given to the winning team of EMBA students participating in the NVD annual course capstone competition. A panel will select the winning team at the final competition. (Value: $5,000)

Igor Kim and Boris Gopka Award

The Igor Kim and Boris Gopka New Venture Design (NVD) Award (“Award”) has been created to benefit EMBA students in the NVD Course at the Schulich School of Business. The Award will be given to the second-place winning team of EMBA students participating in the NVD course capstone competition. (Value: $2,500)

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