The University of New Brunswick offers a variety of opportunities for entrepreneurs to refine their skills and find support in their efforts to develop their businesses or organizations.
The Pond-Deshpande Centre acts as a catalyst to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in New Brunswick by facilitating collaboration among entrepreneurs, emerging and aspiring companies, students, faculty and alumni.
1. The Social Innovation Fund is designed to help the aspiring social entrepreneur evaluate their idea/innovation.
2. The Technology Ignition Fund is designed to help the aspiring innovator/entrepreneur evaluate their idea/innovation for commercialization.
3. The Student Catalyst Fund provides connections, support, and seed grants (up to $1000) to students to try out their entrepreneurial ideas.
CS Square provides unique learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting. Among them are weekly Bits & Bites sessions that facilitate knowledge sharing among peers, customized hands-on workshops and industry expert panel discussions that expose students to industry craved knowledge and skills, and CS Pitch competition.
Office of Research Services
The Office of Research Services (ORS) at the University of New Brunswick helps connect researchers with funding agencies, industry and government.
It promote and facilitate partnerships between UNB and other research organizations and handle the transfer of knowledge and technology to industry and other users, while maintaining high ethical standards and financial accountability in research.
ORS also supports faculty members and researchers on both campuses who are seeking research funding by providing support services for grant and contract preparation and submission.
J Herbert Smith Centre
The Technology Management & Entrepreneurship Programs at the J Herbert Smith Centre provide several resources for students, entrepreneurs, faculty, and graduates, as well as working professionals.
1. Funding: The Technology Commercialization Program (TCP) is a funding program available to students for prototype development. The students can get up to $10,000.
2. Summer Institute: Participants of the Summer Institute can get up to $2,000 plus living expenses over the summer to develop their business.
3. Mentorship: Entrepreneurs, or anyone with an idea they'd like to take further, can book one-on-one mentoring sessions with our Entrepreneurs In Residence and Designers In Residence.
4. Networking: The Centre organizes regular Lunch & Learn events, Pitch Competitions, and Global Entrepreneurship Week.
5. Market Assessment: Students can get a market assessment of their ideas.