THEME SKILL OUTCOME
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

The BEST Certificate is a transcripted certificate that integrates multidisciplinary courses from different faculties at York University (Business courses at Schulich School of Business; Law course at Osgoode Law School, and Design, Tech and Innovation courses at Lassonde School of Engineering). The certificate is designed to teach, cater, and recognize student entrepreneurial skills and knowledge. 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.

Lassonde Students can complete the BEST Certificate in parallel with their General Education studies. The BEST Certificate helps students playing a greater role in the management of technological innovation in larger organizations or start their own ventures.

In order to fulfill 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. Note that the Business courses would be counted as complementary studies.

Enrollment in the Law 3591 Course:

If you would like to enroll in this course, please email: maedeh@yorku.ca with the subject line of Law 3591 and provide your Full name, Student number, Program of Study, Year of study and expected graduation date.

Enrollment Details

If you would like to enroll in the BEST Certificate at no cost, please fill out this form using the application for Entry to the BEST Certificate.

It will ensure you receive the latest information about course options, and experiential learning opportunities.

Application for Entry to BEST Certificate

If you have taken all the required courses for the BEST Certificate and you are graduating, you will need to complete the graduation form.

Graduation Form-BEST Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship

Have Questions? 
Drop by the BEST Lab (Bergeron Centre, Room 215) or email maedeh@yorku.ca

  • How did you find the business and law courses helpful?

The business and law courses in the BEST certificate were enjoyable to me as they provided a nice break from my regular engineering course load. In addition to being fun and interesting, these courses provided me with incredible education and real-world experience I would not have otherwise had. I was able to obtain a miniature MBA in essence, which helped me not only with the communication, business, and general thought processes and problem solving procedures I learned, but in all of my job interviews following. I feel that this is part of the reason which made me a great and well-rounded candidates, and helped me obtain the current job I am working full-time. Even in my personal life, the skills I obtained helped me to make decisions around finances and law and other business-related issues.

  • Would you recommend this to other students?

I would strongly recommend this program to other students, no matter which industry they are looking at going into. Even with a heavy course load (~7 courses a semester), and part-time work, I pushed through and took the courses I needed to get the BEST certificate and it was well worth the effort. This program will help students achieve a well-rounded education, providing the must-have skills in business and law and the ability to gain working experience and patterns of thought often contrary to and not explored deeply in the core engineering courses. Not that one is superior to the other, but it is ideal to have both skillsets in my opinion and experience.