SURGE for Faculty and Staff

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The future of work is entrepreneurial

Entrepreneurship activities can include anything from starting a business to inventing a product, from creative freelancing to running a skilled trades business. Additionally, employers are now looking to hire entrepreneurial thinkers to become intrapreneurs within their organization.

At SURGE, in addition to helping Mohawk students and alumni become entrepreneurs, we also help develop the entrepreneurial mindset of Mohawk students in all programs of study.

The entrepreneurial mindset is a way of adaptable thinking and decision-making in complex, uncertain and dynamic environments.  The five characteristics of an entrepreneurial mindset are:

  • Learning from mistakes
  • Risktaking
  • Adding value
  • Searching for innovative ideas.
  • Adaptability and optimism  

In addition to the services and support below, we also are available to work individually with faculty and staff at all Mohawk campuses.

Refer Students or Alumni

Client Intake Form: If you have a student or alumnus with an existing business, a potential business idea or a class project that they may want to turn into a new business, they can receive free entrepreneurship coaching from SURGE and be connected to expert mentors and startup funding.

The Collective: The Collective helps Mohawk creative students establish their freelancing careers, by connecting them to clients interested in hiring them. Open to students and alumni by faculty referral only.

Enactus Mohawk: Many students are entrepreneurial thinkers but not ready to launch their business immediately. Enactus is a global community of entrepreneurial leaders who see business as a way to address social issues. Students will work on projects dedicated to solving the UN’s 12 sustainability challenges and build a stronger network with business leaders from across the country.

Pitch it to Win It: At SURGE’s flagship pitch competition students will pitch their business idea to a panel of local entrepreneurs and business experts, for a chance to win business advice, cash prizes and more.

Request SURGE to speak in your class

Looking to add entrepreneurial or intreprenuerial content to your course or event? The team at SURGE can help.

Info Sessions

10 minutes long, info sessions provide an overview of the following topics:

  • About SURGE
  • Social Enterprises & Not-for-Profits 101
  • Consulting & Freelance 101
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business 101
  • Tech Startups 101
  • Intrepreneurship 101


Between 20 minutes to 50 minutes long, workshops provide an interactive opportunity for students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Intrepreneurial Thinking
  • The Next Big Business Idea
  • 2018-2019 Workshops


Masterclasses are delivered by experts in the field and combine inspirational stories with helpful guidance to future entrepreneurs. They are part of SURGE’s regular programming and, pending speaker availability, can also be requested for class time.


The SURGE team can be part of your student or alumni focused event or info session. Email early to book us.

Faculty and Staff Professional Development

Did you know that Mohawk has over 2000 students enrolled in Entrepreneurship courses across 25 different programs? In partnership with CTL, we’re establishing a Community of Practice for Entrepreneurial Thinking to provide an environment in which professionals can share their practical experiences, develop and discuss areas of interests and build a sense of community. Want to get involved and stay up to date? Email surge [at] (SURGE).

Check out the Mohawk Library Guide for in-house resources available at the College.

Entrepreneurship Resources

Learn more about local, national and global entrepreneurship resources at our Entrepreneurship Resources Hub.

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Have a question? Contact us.

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