Lionel Regis
Manager of the MakerLaunch Program

160 Louis-Pasteur Private,
Ottawa, ON
K1N 9A7

The school offers skill development sessions and hands-on workshops delivered by matter experts, entrepreneurs, and members of the entrepreneurial community as well as academia.

Our Entrepreneurship School leverages the growing entrepreneurial and innovative community at the University of Ottawa and in the Ottawa region. It brings together like-minded individuals from across Canada and other countries to collaborate on exciting ventures.

Registration Status: Closed

Please check this page in the future for more updates about the 2022 cohort.


This school is for you if you are:

  • An entrepreneur
  • A budding entrepreneur
  • Someone passionate about technology and innovation
  • A university student interested in entrepreneurship

The school covers a wide-spectrum of entrepreneurial topics including:

  • Team management and entrepreneurial leadership skills
  • Problem discovery and ideation principles
  • Customer discovery and validation
  • Finance and accounting
  • Legal issues and incorporation
  • Business modeling and many other topics

This one-week school will help you:

  • Develop your entrepreneurial mindset
  • Learn about startup tools and strategies
  • Design and test new startup ideas
  • Use innovative technology to address problems
  • Learn the basis of prototyping and design thinking
  • Meet and network with local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support services.

Fees and scholarships

Most of the fees associated with participating in this summer program has been covered by Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School. The cost to attend this one week school is $150. There also limited scholarships available to participants of this school. Cost also covers the supplies, lunches and social events.

Summer 2020 Schedule

The third edition of the Entrepreneurship School was supposed to be held from April 26 to May 1, 2020. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School is unfortunately cancelled for Summer 2020. 

Link to the schedule

Participants and testimonials

Here’s what some of the participants had to say about this school:

Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School was one of the most valuable experience I had during university. The program was well-rounded and gave me the exposure to entrepreneurship I needed to confidently begin my journey in business. Studying in a math program at the university, I rarely had the chance to present or participate in group projects. In that, the entrepreneurship program was a perfect opportunity for me to learn. Over the week, I learned how to pitch an idea to investors and improved my overall presentation skills. I enjoyed listening to guest speakers sharing their stories and struggles as entrepreneurs. I also enjoyed networking with fellow participants and becoming inspired to take on a venture myself! Thank you Midia, Hanan and Simon for making this program possible and enjoyable!

Yuji Jeong, BSc Statistics

"Beyond the expert advice on my project and prizes (individual and in team), this school gave me an opportunity to strengthen my entrepreneurship skills (knowledge) and allowed me to see clearer how to transform my thesis to a company. It has also inspired me to create a similar model in my country (Mali) to contribute in preparing future generation of African Leaders in the world of business and engineering."

- Moussa Thiam, PhD Student, Department of Civil Engineering

“Simon Nehme School week was terrific and I came out with so many ideas. I came out with clear and structured action items for moving forward. It brought together fresh entrepreneurs with novel ideas and industry gurus who led us through creating our business models. A great event, packed with so much knowledge and great speakers. Definitely exceeded my expectations.”

- Shehzad Ghani, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education

The Simon Nehme school provides you a wholistic view and insight of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Great way to figure out whether or not entrepreneurship is for you. If you have a great idea you can pitch it to the team and if it gets voted on you have a full time team for a week to help bring this idea to life and experts to support you! Amazing experience. Would highly recommend. My best memory was hearing a fellow uOttawa student who had an idea and brought it to life. He talked about how quickly his business grew and how things work when you get angel investors, etc. I related to him completely as he is like any of us, another student at uOttawa. Most insightful and inspiring story! #WipeBook

Tecla Kalinda, uOttawa Alumna, Senior Analyst at Bank of Canada

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