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James Stauch, Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity announces the Student Guide to Mapping a System is complete!

“The Student Guide to Mapping a System, which we are proud to say is an MRU-Oxford U co-production, along with Daniela Papi-Thornton’s organization, Systems-Led Leadership.  Hats off to Anna as well for her work in helping author and compile.  This will be shared with 3000+ students worldwide registered in the Map the System Challenge, and with participating educators at 16 Canadian universities and 19 universities outside of Canada (including Harvard, Yale and Northwestern).” – James Stauch

This twelve step guide will help walk individuals and teams through the process of mapping a system (looking at challenges in a wider context that includes “interacting factors such as economic forces, political movements and global trends”). The guide is intended to provide advice and additional tools for each step of the process, from picking a social or environmental challenge, to presenting the analysis and recommendations whether visually, orally or in written works.
James indicates these publications will remain a public resource (and free to download as a PDF), with the intention to update annually.  Please look out for Webinars and workshops in the near future.
Congratulations to Daniela, Anna and James on completing this important publication for students!

Bissett Contract Instructor Kris Hans combines his passion for tech and entrepreneurship into mentoring

Bissett contract instructor, Kris Hans is an active speaker and participant in a variety of initiatives at the institutions where he teaches (UofC and MRU).  Kris participated in the Mount Royal Cyber Safety Summit again this year. Kris’s topic was  titled, “Unwanted guests. The dangers of home assistants and other internet connected devices expanding on the Internet of Things topic he debuted at  last year’s inaugural Cyber Safety Summit. (Last year’s talk was titled, Should I buy that internet connected toaster.” )

Kris is also an advisor to Startup Canada and been a Guest contributor to some of their #StartupChat sessions.  The following are sessions Kris participated in since Startup Canada invited him to get involved:

Bissett to Play Key Role in Small Business Institutional Consortia

Partnering with Universities of Alberta, Calgary, Lethbridge, and NAIT, Bissett will play a key role in a the Small Business Steward Pilot research program. In addition to aiding in business start-up success in Alberta by making it easier for small businesses to locate and access available business support, the pilot will collect valuable information and data that can be used by academia, government and service providers to better respond to small business needs and economic trends. Please contact Professor Simon Raby for more information (sraby@mtroyal.ca).

Bissett Research on Small Business Growth a Big Hit!

Professor Simon Raby, a new member of faculty in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship, recently launched the findings of an 18-month study on the growth of Alberta’s Small and Medium-Enterprises. In the past four week alone, the report entitled “What Drives SME Growth? Introducing the Leader’s Growth Mindset” has been read online over 1,000 times and has been downloaded 300 times from academia.edu, ranking Raby in the top 1% of academics for impact on this global platform. A short (6 minute) animated video is now available. You can find this video and report here: www.mtroyal.ca/businessgrowth.

Congratulations Simon, we look forward to future updates.

 

 

 

Bissett student headed to the Canadian Business Model Competition

Bissett School of Business  extends congratulations and best of luck to Emily Bartlett as she embarks cross country to  Halifax to compete in the Canadian Business Model Competition. For the third year in a row, a Bissett student has been accepted into the highly competitive Canadian Business Model Competition at Dalhousie University in Halifax, March 10-11, 2017.
Emily will be representing Mount Royal University as she shares her journey as a co-founder of Green Cup.
Ray DePaul, Director for the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship says “this competition is unique in Canada as the students are not evaluated on their final venture idea, but rather on the journey they took to arrive at a validated business model. Emily and her co-founder Austin Lang are a great example of the effectiveness of the Lean Startup model as they continuously tested their assumptions by engaging first hand with their potential customers. The result was a very successful business that might otherwise have failed due to a series of invalid assumptions. Emily heads to Halifax on March 10th to tell her story to the judges.”
 Good Luck Emily!

Bissett Chair, Patricia Derbyshire profiled in Maclean’s Magazine

Patti Derbyshire, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Non-profit Studies was recently profiled in an article in Maclean’s Magazine by Rosemary Counter. The article titled, New breed of entrepreneurial profs teaches students to learn by doing, is a look into the growth of entrepreneur curricula across campuses and those who teach it.

“We must be able to speak truth to the subject matter with some kind of experience,” says Derbyshire, now the CEO of  Torch Motorcycles, a community of women riders who call themselves “moto-enthusiasts.” Their goal: To collect the data needed to design and manufacture the perfect bike for women. Watching the entrepreneurial spirit in action might be the best way for students to learn it—or even catch it. “We’re called serial entrepreneurs for a reason,” says Derbyshire. “We can’t help it.”

4th Annual JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition another huge success for Mount Royal Students

LPDOn Wednesday April 5th, 2016, the 4th annual JMH Launch Pad Pitch Competition took place in Ross Glen Hall in front of approximately “200 high-energy supporters”. Seven Mount Royal student ventures competed in a “Dragon’s Dens-style” competition that seen the students pitch their ventures and answer questions from a panel of esteemed judges, all while vying for their share of over $75,000 in cash and prizes! 

 Ray De-Paul, Director for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, reports that the successful evening began by paying tribute to some of the exceptional students that have participated in this competition in prior years. Ray indicated that all 7 pitches went incredibly well and the judges had the difficult task of announcing the winners.

Bissett School of Business extends congratulations to all of the 2016 LaunchPad winners:

 Smoke Barrel (Zac Hartley)

Smoke Barrel manufactures custom hand crafted hot and cold smokers from old wine and whiskey barrels. The most beautiful smoker on the market can also be customized to tailor the product for the most discerning customer.

JMH & Co Award: $10,000
BUSY Foundation Award: $10,000
Stikeman Elliott LLP Legal Services: $10,000 (in-kind)

Green Cup (Emily Bartlett and Ozzy Lang)

Green Cup is a social enterprise that is reducing the amount of coffee cup waste in Canada. They sell advertisements on compostable cups and distribute those cups in the advertiser’s target market.

JMH & Co Award: $10,000
Institute for Environmental Sustainability Award: $2,500

Nomad Eco Products (Zachary Champoux)

Nomad Eco Products produces a 100% recycled yoga mat that mends our relationship with the planet by making what is torn, whole again. The yoga mats are made from recycled denim and are as unique as they are environmentally friendly.

JMH & Co Award: $10,000

TANG (Brad Williamson)

Tang is a geographic-based, temporary social media network that allows users to see what people are up to around them. Users can search for relevant content based off of a hashtag, within a particular vicinity, or both. The user controls how long the content exists so can share silly moments without the infinity history of most social media.

JMH & Co Award: $10,000

Little Blue Cloud (Carille Mendoza and Michaela Day)

Little Blue Cloud is an online/app-based resource for students struggling with depression and anxiety. Features such as an anonymous peer support chat system and a self-help database provide a comfortable, non-stigmatized environment where users can talk to others facing similar situations.

Institute for Community Prosperity Award: $2,500
Design4Change Marketing Services: $5,000 (in-kind)

The Well Brewing Company (Quinn Wilton)

The Well Brewing Company is Alberta’s first community-driven craft brewery and well-positioned to take advantage of the booming craft beer industry. Members receive exclusive access to member only beer, tasting events, and democratic voting on names and the types of beer being produced.

BUSY Foundation Award: $5,000

Congratulations to all participants and winners! The Bissett School of Business would also like to acknowledge the continued success of The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for their continued success in mentoring and inspiring the entrepreneurial minds and  ambitions of our Mount Royal Students!

“Community feedback about our students consistently puts them in a class of their own in Calgary.”-Ray DePaul

Bissett School of Business General Management students compete in Canada’s Business Model Competition

Zachary Hartley

A team of 4th. year,  General Management, BBA students were a “BBQ Rib” away from entering the Finals of Canada’s Business Model Canvas Competition (CBMC), held March 4-5th. at Dalhousie University.

Founder Zachary Hartley of  “Smoke Barrel” and his teammate, Andrew Conway, were Semi-Finalists in this annual, national student competition. Over 45 student teams, ranging in backgrounds from Bachelor programs to PhD programs,  competed for $50,000 in cash and prizes. Zac’s “Smoke Barrel”, a premium BBQ smoker, made from old wine and whisky barrels, has been launched and is already garnering consumer sales.
In the CBMC, Zac and Andrew earned a tie in their flight with a team of Master of Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation from SMU of Halifax. However, the judges awarded the seat in the Finals to SMU on the “tie-breaking” social impact criteria.
This year’s winning business concept, an innovative allergy-testing product, was founded by PhD students from the University of Waterloo.
Douglas MacDonald, team coach, can attest that Zac and Andrew were noble ambassadors of the Bissett School of Business and garnered respect for their presentation, competitive and supportive spirit in addition to their business concept.
Canada’s Business Model Competition ® (CBMC) represents an innovative and alternative paradigm for post-secondary students to demonstrate their innovativeness and entrepreneurship. The CBMC uses the philosophy and approach of Alex Osterwalder’s ‘Business Model Canvas’ plus integrating Steve Blanks’ ‘The Lean Start-up Movement’. These tools use an approach driven by a question, hypothesis, and validation process to create innovative business models that solve real problems. Leading-edge universities such as Stanford, Harvard, BYU, Waterloo, UBC and Dalhousie in addition to innovative global companies have used these models. Over the past five years, our Entrepreneurship Program has also integrated these models into our curriculum. — Douglas MacDonald
Dalhousie’s 4th. Annual Competition is the Canadian qualifier for the International BMC, which will be held this April at Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington.
Team Coach, Douglas MacDonald,  would like to acknowledge Ray DePaul for his mentorship of Zac and Andrew as well as the entire entrepreneurship team for fostering this type of entrepreneurial attitude and behavior
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The Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate Zak and Andrew on their efforts as well as acknowledge the dedication of their coach, Douglas MacDonald and the Department of Entrepreneurship for continuing to mentor and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of our students.

Mount Royal University providing impetus for Entrepreneur Students

Paul Shumlich, Mount Royal University student and co-founder of Deepwater Farms.

Motivating, guiding, inciting and inspiring individual students to be innovative and realize their “entrepreneurial ambitions” has been the direction of the Bissett School of Business through the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Recent Launch Pad Winner and MRU student, Paul Shumlich (Deepwater Farms) and fellow MRU students, Derek Rucki and Stefan Radeta (TLink Golf), JMH New Venture Pitch winners can attest to how MRU provided them the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

A recent article in The Calgary Herald (Sutherland-Smith 2016, February 19, http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/students-taking-care-of-business) outlines the program offerings by  post-secondary institutions in the Calgary area and the varied stories of successful student entrepreneurs. As interest in these programs continues to grow, so does the means and ways of supporting the entrepreneur student:

“Mount Royal has a very experiential innovation and entrepreneurship program of nine different courses that force the student to experience entrepreneurship rather than simply study it,” says Ray DePaul, director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MRU.

“For those passionate students who want to go beyond the classroom we have LaunchPad which gives students an opportunity to launch their venture. While students often get engaged in order to get access to funding — last year we gave over $70,000 in grants — they quickly realize that the true value is in the mentorship and being part of a community of like-minded, driven entrepreneurs.” – Ray DePaul, Director of Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

 

 

Student Entrepreneur of the Year awarded to a Bissett Student, for the second consecutive year!

Paul Shumlich, founder of Deepwater Farms and fourth year BBA student, has been awarded the Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the Calgary Entrepreneurs Organization. Paul’s company uses aquaponics technology to provide year round, organic, locally grown produce to area restaurants. As part of the award, Paul will receive $5000 and a trip to Toronto to compete in the Canada-wide competition. This is Paul’s second award for Deepwater Farms, having been the LaunchPad winner this past April.

A year ago, Derek Rucki, Mount Royal University student, and developer of TLink Golf was also awarded the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Two consecutive winners are a testament to not only the quality of students here at Mount Royal University but also to the Innovation and Entrepreneur program within the Bissett School of Business..

Bissett School of business wishes to congratulate Paul on his achievement as well as  wishing him good luck in the Toronto competition. To read the Metro News Calgary article profiling Paul’s winning endeavor, please follow the link:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2015/11/25/mru-entrepreneur-makes-strides-in-sustainable-food-growth.html