Entrepreneurship In The Classroom

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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 The Centre for Entrepreneurship we look to develop entrepreneurial graduates and believe that all students have the opportunity to act entrepreneurially whether its through creating a business or taking entrepreneurial skills into their careers. Through workshops facilitated by The Centre, we help to 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 six characteristics of an entrepreneurial mindset are:

  • Learning from mistakes
  • Risk taking
  • Adding value
  • Searching for innovative ideas.
  • Adaptability and optimism  
  • Grit and perseverance 

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 A Guest Speaker

Looking to add entrepreneurial or intraprenuerial content to your course or event? The Centre for Entrepreneurship 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
  • Intrapreneurship 101


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

  • Business Model Canvas 
  • Leadership 
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset 
  • Presentations 

Guest Speakers

Through The Centre for Entrepreneurship we connect faculty to our network of entrepreneurs who are looking to inspire students and tell their stories. Regardless of your program of study, we know someone who can be relatable. centreforentrepreneurship [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Contact us) to inquire about hosting a guest speaker in your class.


The Centre for Entrepreneurship offers and attends various events throughout the year. Contact us if you would like for us to be part of your student or alumni focused event or info session. Email early to book us. View our events calendar for upcoming events.

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 centreforentrepreneurship [at] mohawkcollege.ca (The Centre for Entrepreneurship).

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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