The BEST program supports entrepreneurial programs and initiatives at Lassonde focused on enabling engineering students to develop business skills and understand what it takes to launch a start up enterprise.
The BEST Certificate integrates technology, law and business into creative problem-solving and innovation and is designed to teach, promote, focus and recognize student entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, incorporating multidisciplinary courses from various Faculties across the University.
Doug and Sandra Bergeron – both Silicon Valley entrepreneurs – previously committed $2-million to create the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology program (known as BEST) at York University in 2012.
The donation from Sandra and Doug Bergeron (the total of $10 Million), who graduated from York University with a degree in Computer Science is the largest ever by an alumnus.
In recognition of this exceptional and continued support from the Bergeron family, the School’s new home has been named Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence.
The 167,500 sq. ft., five-storey Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence won’t offer you typical engineering school experience. The space has been designed to ‘flip the classroom’ so that students will come to campus for active learning sessions with professors, classmates and mentors.
BEST integrates curricular and experiential activities for Lassonde and York students to develop business skills and understand what it takes to launch a technology start-up enterprise and play entrepreneurial roles in large organizations