Carleton University is proud to educate and support youth entrepreneurship programs, ranging from innovative business incubators and alumni mentorship programs to concentrations in Entrepreneurship. By supporting young entrepreneurs, you can equip our next generation of graduates with the resources to help them cultivate cutting-edge ideas and put them into practice.
Canada is proud to be among the highest ranking countries in the world for entrepreneurship, and our graduates are helping to forge the path ahead through their vision and discovery. As part of our mission to expand student entrepreneurship, we are raising funds to create an award for a Bachelor of Commerce student in Sprott concentrating in Entrepreneurship.
Through Carleton, you can help support one of the most vital aspects of Canada’s economy; entrepreneurship. Since its inception, Sprott has gained recognition for providing the resources to help students incubate an idea, and viably implement it in the marketplace. From tech startups to social enterprises, our students think outside the box by developing business models that have the potential to become sustainable startups.
Some of the programs offered to students in the program include:
- The Lead to Win Accelerator: As one of the top 10 university business incubators, this program helps entrepreneurs attract start-up investors and build ventures that generate $1 million in annual revenues within three years.
- Hatch: This student-run incubator program is open to all students and ventures, regardless of what stage they are at in the entrepreneurial process. Students expand their skillsets through workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities.
- Through our vibrant alumni community, students have the opportunity to network with graduates around the globe. We have alumni living and working in countries recognized for their emerging business markets including India and China.
We believe that all students should have the opportunity to both discover and fulfill their passions. By supporting the establishment of this award, you are helping to ensure that students may focus more on their studies and less on financial burdens.
Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Dean of the Sprott School of Business to outstanding undergraduate students proceeding from one year to another in a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. Once we reach the $25,000 endowment level, the award will be established in perpetuity so young entrepreneurs will feel its impact for years to come.
Entrepreneurship is the intersection where people and ideas meet, to help shape our world for a better tomorrow. Your support is felt beyond our campus, as you are helping to illuminate the entrepreneurial vision for young leaders who will one day grow their own ventures, making a positive impact to our economy.
Lynn Honsberger, one of Carleton’s Board of Governors is passionate about raising money for future Sprott students. As an alumni herself, and a corporate partner who has hired many Sprott students, she is committed to seeing this new scholarship become a reality. When Lynn was a student at Carleton she worked as a part-time waitress in order to pay for the cost of her education. She was encouraged by the supportive staff in the Business school to apply for student awards which allowed her to focus on her studies. She now wants to give back and is asking her fellow alumni to join her in supporting Sprott students.
“Now is a wonderful time to get involved with our alma mater. At my first finance committee meeting as a Carleton board member, we recommended that the board approve plans for a new building for the Sprott School of Business. I spoke enthusiastically as a grad, and as an employer who had recruited a number of excellent accounting students. The Nicol Building — named in honour of the late entrepreneur, philanthropist and alumnus Wes Nicol — is now under construction. Carleton expects this iconic structure to attract more students to the Sprott School. Many of these students are going to need financial help.”
-Lynn Honsberger, BComm/ 78, Carleton University Board of Governors