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By focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship, the Telfer School of Management aims to make a meaningful contribution to the economic prosperity of the region and of Canada, and to help solve the commercialization of R&D dilemma.

The Telfer School’s research activities, programs and initiatives are aligned to enable and foster participation in the policy & regulatory conversation, and to generate an entrepreneurial and ‘intrapreneurial’ attitude in our graduates.

Entrepreneurship @ Telfer

Telfer is committed to helping students succeed. For many, success will be starting a new venture or contributing to one as co-founder or team member. Entrepreneurship@Telfer provides the tools and resources you’ll need to learn, network and build your innovation and entrepreneurship skills.

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Our complementary option in entrepreneurship is designed to help you develop skills that are necessary to contribute to a new venture creation, a high growth enterprise, or an innovative existing organization. Whether you want to lead your own enterprise, work in a family business, or manage growth in an established company, our goal is to stimulate and inspire you.

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The Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa offers a Master of Science in Management (M.Sc. in Management) Program in response to an unmet need for individuals that are trained to think creatively and in a scientifically-informed manner about problems of organizational management, particularly in the context of innovation management and entrepreneurship.

The program builds on the expertise and established research records of professors from the Telfer School of Management in the areas of innovation management, entrepreneurship, as well as other key management disciplines, such as strategic human resources management.

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Our PhD program is designed to shape visionary and influential thinkers who have a positive impact on the lives of people, organizations and communities through their research. Whatever our students’ goals, we are always close by to help them reach them.

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The entrepreneurial process: characteristics of the start-up entrepreneur; ideas, opportunities and their evaluation; technology assessment; the business planning process; market evaluation and the marketing plan; physical, human resources and organizational planning; the financial plan; implementation and start-up. Local entrepreneurs and professionals will bring their experiences directly to the classroom. Central to this course will be the preparation of a business plan for a real start-up.
This course will explore the stages of business growth and the problems/opportunities likely to be encountered. Topics include: using innovation (e.g., guerrilla marketing) to fuel growth; succession planning and preparation for other transitions; expansion through franchising and acquisitions; financing for growth; organizational complexity, delegation, and span of control; diversification in markets and products; overcoming resource constraints; preparing for greater competition; and leadership capacity required for growth.
The start-up and growth of a new venture: early development strategies for low and high growth firms; stages of growth; accessing and leveraging resources; team dynamics and human resource management; organizational change; raising equity capital from start-up to IPO; managing growing pains and crisis management; exit mechanisms. Guest lectures by local entrepreneurs. Central to this course will be the preparation, in partnership with local entrepreneurs, of cases and critical analyses on the early development and growth of their businesses.
This is a work term during which the student is expected to be directly involved in an innovative new enterprise in an entry-level management position. This includes, but is not limited to, working with an entrepreneur to create or launch a new product or service, working with a spin-off firm of a large organization, developing a business plan for a small or non-profit enterprise, or designing a novel government program within a government department or agency. This paid or voluntary practicum must be supervised by a Professor. Students must work at least one day (8 hours) per week for one semester. At the end of the practicum, students must submit a written paper and will receive a grade of S (satisfactory) or NS (non satisfactory).


Creating, growing, and sustaining or exiting a new firm in a technology-intensive industry. Issues important to the technology (the scope and nature of technological knowledge and intellectual property protection), financing (seed capital, venture capital, and initial public offerings), and inter-firm relationships (spin-offs, alliances and equity alliances, and acquisitions). The course is practically oriented and will draw upon local expertise to enhance its pertinence and appeal.

Executive MBA

Technology-based start-ups have a number of characteristics that set them apart from other start-ups, in particular their intellectual assets, the speed of technological change, their resource requirements, their global reach, their potential for fast growth and their relationship with the capital community. Participants critically analyze the launch of a venture, from prestart-up to start-up and early growth, through seed, start-up, development and execution stage (preparation for exit strategies such as IPO) and are required to develop a winning business plan that leads to an enticing Investors Package for venture financing.
The course provides a thorough practical experience so that participants will develop a better understanding of e-business and innovation. During this field trip to San Jose, California, participants will be exposed to a series of expert presentations and company visits supporting the course objectives while solving a business problem for a North American-based firm. The consulting engagement is to be completed through expert interviews in the Valley.



Management Research Seminar Series (MRSS)

The Management Research Seminar Series (MRSS) was created as a means for bringing together distinguished academics, business leaders and policymakers to discuss key management issues. Students are invited to participate into this forum which allows them to be exposed to a variety of experts and business topics such as management, innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.

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Collaborative Research

  • The Research Chair in Canadian Francophonie
  • Two Deloitte Professors in the Management of Growth Enterprises
  • The RBC Financial Group Professor in the Commercialization of Innovation
  • The Power Corporation Professor in the Management of Technological Enterprises
  • The Marc Bruneau Fellow in Global Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship
  • Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth
  • Emerging Technologies and Innovation Management Laboratory
  • The Paul Desmarais Professor
  • Institute for Science, Society and Policy 

The above expertise is being shared with students through our MSc in Management.

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