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  • Recognize and make the most of opportunities
  • Dream, take initiative and achieve
  • Innovate, overcome and learn from setbacks
  • Develop attributes to succeed in a variety of settings

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Learn more about Entrepreneurship by enrolling in BEST Certificate, BEST Co-op and BEST International Course

BEST Certificate

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.

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Courses

SB/ENTR 3400 3.00 Business Essentials for Technology Entrepreneurs I

Fall Terms

Course Description:

This course has three modules: 1. Organizational Behavior: develops skills/knowledge of leadership, teamwork, negotiations and motivation; 2. Marketing: presents marketing strategy fundamentals; 3. Operations Management: reviews business processes to maximize supply under resource constraints.

Faculty:  Schulich School of Business

Instructor: Narbé Alexandrian

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SB/ENTR 3600 3.00 Business Essentials for Technology Entrepreneurs II

Winter Terms

Course Description:

This course has three modules: 1. Accounting: presents financial accounting fundamentals for business planning; 2. Finance: presents finance fundamentals to enable fund raising and resource allocation decisions; 3. Strategy: explores competitive analysis and strategic planning.

Faculty: Schulich School of Business

Instructor: Narbé Alexandrian

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SB/ENTR 4500 3.00 Entrepreneurship and Technology Ventures

Winter Terms

Course Description:

This course brings forward the challenges and opportunities facing an entrepreneur creating a technology start-up. Students turn an idea into an enterprise by focusing on what customers want.

Faculty: Schulich School of Business

Instructor: Prof. Moren Lévesque or Julien Papon

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LAW 3591 M 3.00 Legal Values: Commercializing IP

Fall & Winter Terms

Course Description:

This course will examine the process of creating, capturing, protecting, leveraging and transferring technology and ideas, including internal strategies designed to create a culture of innovation; deciding whether, what, where, and how to obtain IP registrations and the related economics; the development of a commercialization strategy (such as selecting the target market and application for the idea) and business model; drafting and negotiating related agreements; offensive and defensive IP strategies; assessing competitive IP; negotiating and interpreting IP sensitive contracts; and transactional IP processes.

Faculty: Osgoode Law School

Instructor: S. Lam & A. de Fazekas

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TECL 1500 3.00 Innovation & Creativity

Summer & Winter Terms

Course Description:

 Innovation & Creativity is a blended course designed to better prepare you for the workplace – whether it be in a not-for-profit, an existing industry organization, or your very own start-up venture. This 10-week experiential learning journey draws insights from global experts, where you will learn to apply design thinking and creative problem solving strategies to your personal, team, and organizational contexts. You will learn to develop innovative ideas and be prepared for jobs that are emerging. This course is ideal for anyone interested in solving complex problems, improving their personal or team effectiveness, and/or running a business.

Faculty: Lassonde School of Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Maxwell and Dr. Robert MacNominee

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BEST Co-op

Students are offered an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of building and running a business in their field. During your work term, you and your mentor work together to plan and design your own business idea and establish yourself and your business moving forward.  

  • Available after your second year.
  • Co-op consists of 2 work periods separated by at least one academic term.
  • Upon completion of the program, you receive a co-op designation on your transcript.
    • To receive this designation, the total duration across your 2 work periods must be at least 12 months and no more than 20 months
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TECL 3033 3.00 International Entrepreneurship

Summer Term (TBD) – Will return in Summer 2023!

Course Description:

This course consists of one week pre-travel workshops at Lassonde, and three week interactive lessons and workshops at Technion University in Israel (both on the campus of academic partners and through site visits to companies, incubators and investors). In addition, students will be required to work extensively in groups on developing a technology solution to an important problem, and make final presentation to local investors and entrepreneurship support organizations. Following the international trip, students are encouraged to participate in workshops and presentations at Lassonde, to share the lessons learned both with professors and each other. There is an application process and students who are successful in interviews are invited to take this course.

Faculty: Lassonde School of Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Andrew Maxwell

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