McMaster DeGroote Offers New Minor, and More – Toronto News

DeGroote Minor

This week, Canadian business school have done their share to nurture innovative thinking in students and the broader community. We’ve laid out some of the high points below.

The Startup That Makes Globetrotting More Affordable– Communitech News

Rob Evans, graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, is CEO and founder of Backpacker College, a startup that connects travelers with affordable places to stay (generally in university housing). Backpacker College allows universities to sell their unused beds during the summer, when students are on break. Through the app or website, travelers can access dorms at upwards of 115 universities, Laurier included. Speaking with Communitech News, Evans says:

“Now you don’t have to spend half an hour online judging how creepy your host might be, or what the best deal is on Google. We’ve already curated a set of great options that are affordable, we’ve ruled out the high-end and the low-end stuff and provided that mid-market that’s safe and affordable for families, sports teams, young travelers, retirees, as well as small groups and student accommodation.”

You can read more about the startup here.

New Minor In Innovation Gives Students A Head Start on Becoming Successful Entrepreneurs – DeGroote News

This fall, McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business and Faculty of Engineering will partner with McMaster’s startup incubator, The Forge, to offer a minor in innovation to students interested in becoming entrepreneurs. The minor is meant to teach students to turn their own ideas into businesses, as well as how to think creatively within an organization.

On news of the new minor, Sue McCracken, Associate Dean at DeGroote School of Business, says, “The future of work is changing, and many of our students will be starting their own businesses within their own innovative ideas. We need to give these students the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to take the right steps and risks to develop their ideas and build successful businesses.”

The DeGroote minor is open to all McMaster students. Beginning in September, students will be able to take The World of Entrepreneurship, which consists of case studies and prominent guest lecturers, and Lean Startup, which will teach skills like establishing a business model and testing business ideas with customers and stakeholders. Additional courses such as Founders Startup and From Founder to CEO will become available over the next three years.

You can find out more about the new DeGroote minor here.

Lessons in Leadership from MBA Leadership DayNews@Ivey

In late July, the 2018 MBA Leadership Day was held at Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School. The day kicked off with a “Learning to Become Better Leaders” panel, featuring three Ivey alumni. The day concluded with a speech from Deepak Chopra, former President and CEO of Canada Post.

Lessons in leadership from MBA Leadership Day

(Left to right) Pat Horgan, Barbara Stymiest, and Jon Hantho, attending this year’s MBA Leadership Day at the Ivey Business School / Photo via

The panelists offered important insights for the budding MBA’s. The panelists talked about the value of building a solid team, taking breaks, being humble, creating a strategy, and maintaining a big-picture perspective.

You can learn more about the key advice given to those in attendance at the MBA Leadership Day here.


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