Applied Research – IDEAWORKS

IDEAWORKS fills the space between research and solutions by delivering customized support to organizations.

Innovation helps organizations grow. In some instances, what’s needed to achieve success is not available within the organization. Enter IDEAWORKS, Mohawk’s active hub of applied research and innovation. As an active hub of applied research and innovation, we provide our industry and community partners access to faculty and staff expertise, an inspired student workforce, exceptional facilities and top technology.  Learn more about IDEAWORKS.

City School by Mohawk

City School by Mohawk has a specific employer engagement strategy that integrates demand-led planning, occupational analysis, and customized competency and skills training that responds directly to industry sector workforce needs. Leveraging specialized curriculum, alternative delivery strategies and micro-credentialing, the college has established an agile and responsive talent development framework that provides high value to both employers and job-seekers. Learn more about City School's employer engagement.

The Agency

Operating within the McKeil School of Business, The Agency brings students from a variety of programs together to develop marketing and communication solutions for selected non-profit organizations and start-up companies in the greater Hamilton area. Visit The Agency website to learn more.

Centre for Climate Change Management

The Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk connects students with local businesses to work on creative solutions to their greenhouse gas emission and sustainability challenges. Visit the Centre for Climate Change Management website to learn more

Participate in student projects

Many Mohawk programs include opportunities for employers and industry to work with students to solve an identified challenge, including: 

  • Capstone projects
  • Applied research projects
  • Industry/community projects

To learn how to be connected to a student project, contact the experiential [at] (Centre for Experiential Learning.)

The Consultancy

The Consultancy is a paid experiential learning opportunity for current students in the McKeil School of Business. Housed under the Centre for Entrepreneurship, The Consultancy hires select student intrapreneurs who act as consultants and work within teams to provide solutions to community businesses.

Clients present their business challenges to the Centre for Entrepreneurship, which hires student teams and a faculty lead relevant to desired project outcomes. Once briefed by the client, students are coached by their faculty lead throughout the project. Upon project completion, students provide clients with innovative, out-of-the-box solutions to their business challenges. One of the key differences with the Consultancy is that projects are funded by the client.

Students benefit from The Consultancy program as it allows them to build their portfolios, network with industry professionals, and boost career opportunities. It is a great opportunity for clients to seek new talent and access creative new ideas for their business.

Here are some projects with The Consultancy currently underway, at a glance:

JAIDE Products

In partnership with IDEAWorks, two students in the Business Analysis and Global Business Management programs conducted market research to design an effective go-to-market strategy. Students presented their findings in a formalized report and virtual presentation to the client.

Handling Specialty

Geet Chahil Productions, a recent graduate and client of the SURGE program is producing a series of corporate videos to support a digital marketing strategy for the client.

Businesses interested in applying to work with The Consultancy should contact centreforentrepreneurship [at] (centreforentrepreneurship[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca).