Be inspired. Take charge. Change your world.
Welcome to the International Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (IBEC). Housed within UNB’s Faculty of Business Administration in Fredericton, New Brunswick, IBEC's goal is to facilitate entrepreneurial and experiential learning for our students. We do this through specialized programs and competitions.
If you’re interested in starting a venture, running your own business or managing new projects, you’ve come to the right place. Check out what IBEC has to offer!
In our Activator® Program students work with entrepreneurs and inventors to start up ventures. The Activator® student leaders and their teams of four to five students create business plans, search out market opportunities and perform venture analyses. This opportunity gives them valuable, real world experience while earning a concentration in entrepreneurship.
BMO Financial Group Apex Business Plan Competition
IBEC is host to the annual BMO Financial Group Apex Business Plan Competition, the largest competition of it’s kind in Eastern Canada. The BMO Financial Group Apex Business Plan Competition gives participants a chance to develop, direct, organize and present a business plan to a panel of judges. These judges select the most plausible and promising business plan in each track and award cash prizes to each successful team, as well as to the first and second runners-up. There are a number of individual awards, such as Viewer’s Choice Award.
IBEC's Speaker Series
Every Tuesday, hear from an entreprneur who will inspire and motivate you. Launch during East Coast Startup Week on Tuesday March 15th, 2016 with Chect Wesley, NBIF delivering "Design IS the Product"
Chet Wesley is the Director of Marketing at the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. At NBIF, he develops creative and market
strategy for the Foundation and provides strategic advice for a selection of its portfolio companies and researchers. Before joining NBIF in 2007, he worked as a producer and writer for Atlantic Mediaworks, CBC Television and BNN, and has published numerous articles on innovation and creativity in Canadian Business, Investment Executive, and Progress. Chet received his undergraduate degree in commerce at the University of Toronto, his MBA in finance at the University of New Brunswick, and conducted post-graduate research on champions of innovation at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He has given many keynotes on the topics of innovation and design thinking, most recently at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.