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.
Concentrating skill outcomes into a structured pathway, the BEST Certificate acts as a roadmap which students navigate throughout their degree, ultimately leading to either (1) starting their own ventures, or (2) playing a greater role in the management of technological innovation in larger organizations.
The opportunity to earn the transcripted BEST Certificate will motivate already busy Lassondian students to focus their General Education studies in our BEng, BSc and BA degree programs (complementary studies in the BEng degree) in entrepreneurship. The BEST Certificate is a concrete way that allows Lassonde to integrate a formal academic program in entrepreneurship and better train and empower post-millennial Lassondians in securing employment or creating their own employment.
The BEST Certificate is designed with a modular framework to cater to the diversity of the various degree requirements present at Lassonde, namely BEng, BSc and BA (Hon) while fulfilling the University’s certificate requirements. In general, the skill outcomes of the seven mandatory themes can be broadly achieved through existing courses already defined in each degree with the addition of business and law themes.
|1. Innovation||Appreciation for innovation and problem-solving|
|2. Communication||Effective communication strategies to convey often complex problems and solutions|
|3. Design||Awareness and implementation of design thinking principles|
|4. Professionalism||Integrity, professionalism and ethics in business|
|5. Tech Project||Utilizing technology to solve problems|
|6. Law||Understanding and applying law tools like intellectual property and Contracts|
|7. Business||Fundamental business principles for success and sustainability|
|8. Experiential(optional)||Opportunities for experiential entrepreneurship|
In order to fulfil the certificate requirements, students must take one 3 credit course from Innovation, Communication, Design, Professionalism and Tech Project themes AND must take all the courses in the Business and Law themes.
Streams to Achieve the Certificate