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Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events in the 2020-2021 Academic year.

About BMO-CIAR Events

Many students and recent graduates have an entrepreneurial spirit and aspire to create their own businesses in order to fulfill an inherent desire to control their own destinies. Unfortunately, many students lack the entrepreneurial skillset and background, and require mentorship to move forward with the creation of a business.

Concordia University of Edmonton (CUE) through the BMO Centre for Innovation an Applied Research (BMO-CIAR) strives to provide a balance of academics and opportunities for students to explore the diverse nature of employment pathways available in order to create meaningful and productive working careers.

The goal of developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus is to engage students and recent graduates through an entrepreneurial lens and begin the process of providing meaningful information, mentorship and activities that will allow students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the required skills to launch their own business and become successful entrepreneurs.

Through seminars and workshops students learn about entrepreneurship via hands-on activities in conjunction with individualized mentorship. While services are designed to spark the flame of students who may not have thought of self-employment as a viable career option, they will also assist those students with the passion and desire to move forward with business creation.

Entrepreneurial students with a functional start-up business framework will be further supported through CUE’s business incubator set to launch in early 2018. The business incubator will create opportunities for students to explore their interests and untapped potential in an environment that is supportive and nurturing.

For more information please contact Isha Katyal, Manager BMO-CIAR at 780.479.9395 or ciar@concordia.ab.ca.

Past Events

Innovation Launchpad Showcase

Thursday March 19, 2020

Public Speaking and Presentation workshop

Friday February 14, 2020 at 11:00 am
Friday March 6, 2020 at 11:00 am

CUE IT Seminar Speaker Series – ICT Careers

The talk will share some of the speaker experiences related to careers in Information Technology, developing skills, becoming marketable and some tips on how to find your place in the vast world of Information Technology.

When:  Friday, November 29, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Where: Concordia University of Edmonton, AW125
SpeakerCristian Cordeiro, MSc, BSc, Instructor at CUE and Consultant at Telus

Edmonton Startup Week
Dates: October 21 – 25, 2019
Locations: Various – hosted in the startup spaces you love
Price: Free. Some events with ticketed entry
Information & Schedule: EdmontonStartupWeek.com

Edmonton Startup Week is five days of workshops, socials, and events building momentum and opportunity around our city’s unique entrepreneurial identity, startup community & culture of innovation! Join in the celebration led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the startup spaces you love.

With more than 50 events to choose from, there is something for you at Edmonton Startup Week 2019!

Don’t miss Concordia University of Edmonton’s event, “Will my idea fly?” on Friday, October 25th.

RBC Changemaker Challenge
Date/Time: October 18, 2019, 9am-6:30pm


Innovation Launchpad kick-off event
Friday, October 4, 2019, 2:00pm – 5:30pm, BMO-CIAR (AW125)

Bring your creation to life.  Learn why Intellectual Property matters.
Date: 1 March 2019
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: Centre for Innovation and Applied Research, main floor, AWC

About the session: Thinking of an idea or an invention? Or may be a specific design, art work or just an effective way of presenting your idea that can be useful to others? Come and joins us in learning about basics about intellectual property (IP) and ways on protecting your IP.

Speaker’s Bio: Marnie Fyten is an IP Advisor with Canadian intellectual property office (CIPO), based in Edmonton. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology, and a Master of Business Administration, and has completed internships in technology transfer and marketing with the University of Saskatchewan and with Sony in Japan. Marnie has worked with federal, provincial and territorial organizations, in policy development and program delivery.

App Development and Commercialization Workshop Series
Friday January 24, 2020 at 11:00 am
Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Monday February 10, 2020 at 12:00 noon

Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Student Competition 2020 – Information Session
February 3 at 12:00 noon, in AW 125

Ten Steps to Turn an Idea Into A Business
February 14, 2018 – Room G303 – 12 to 1 pm
Presented by Craig Elias, award-winning entrepreneur, author, and sales expert

Unlocking the Entrepreneurial Mindset
January 24, 2018 – Room G303 – 12 to 1 pm
Learn from a successful entrepreneur and CUE Alumni how to focus your mind and develop the right habits in order to discover your entrepreneurial potential

Seminar #1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
January 27, 2017 – Room G303 – 12 to 1 pm
Learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur, the types of entrepreneurship, how entrepreneurs find ideas, and how to evaluate an idea’s potential.

Seminar #2: Assessing the Market
February 15, 2017 – Room G303 – 12 to 1 pm
Learn how to determine your target audience, how to determine the value proposition of the product or service, how to create a go-to-market strategy.

Seminar #3: Creating a Business Model
March 8, 2017 – Room G303 – 12 to 1 pm
Learn how to develop a business model that works, how to protect the idea, and how to create a functional business plan.

Seminar #4: Funding a Start-Up
April 12, 2017 – Room G303 – 12 to 1 pm
Learn the options to fund a start-up business and the steps required to get a business running (incorporation, licenses, etc.).