A grid of five photos of people smiling while holding lit sparklers

The Spark Starts Here: McMaster Entrepreneurship Week

October 2-6, 2023


McMaster Entrepreneurship Week is an opportunity to highlight the vibrant ecosystem of innovation here at McMaster.

The events, activities and competitions held throughout the week give community members the opportunity to expand their professional networks, meet other like-minded entrepreneurs and learn about the many resources available to them at McMaster.

Hosted in partnership by Student AffairsThe Forge and The Clinic @ Mac, the theme of this year’s McMaster Entrepreneurship Week, The Spark Starts Here, represents how entrepreneurship is a bright investment in one’s future.

Stay tuned to this page for more stories throughout the week.

Follow along online: #IgniteTheSpark #MacEntrepreneurshipWeek

McMaster Entrepreneurship Week events and resources

A hand holding a lit sparkler



Activities, events and competitions are being held throughout the week to inspire McMaster community members to take on an entrepreneurial mindset and turn their ideas into reality. Learn more

So you want to be an entrepreneur?

A man looking up at a wall covered in colourful post-it notes


Now is the best time in history to be an entrepreneur, says the DeGroote School of Business’ Goran Calic. And here’s what it actually takes. Learn more

Start-up founder inspiring students in new entrepreneurship course 

A professor engaged in conversation with a group of students inside a classroom


Darren Burke, an academic-turned-businessman, is using his experiences founding companies to inspire kinesiology students to explore entrepreneurship. Learn more

Engineering grads’ capstone project named runner-up in national James Dyson Awards

Three young people sitting on the ground smiling.


Mechatronics students Manny Lemos, Aaron Li and Amos Yu had all had ‘close calls’ with, or been hit by, vehicles while riding their bikes. So the trio developed a device to incorporate advanced car safety features to make roads safer for cyclists. Learn more

Learn the basics of Intellectual Property with McMaster’s free online course

Three photos in a grid of McMaster community members engaged in research


A new online course focused on the core principles of Intellectual Property and research commercialization is now available for free to all McMaster students, staff and faculty. Learn more 

How McMaster’s ecosystem of innovation is empowering student entrepreneurs

Three separate headshots of Tasia Nabil, Hasam Madarati and Fran Lasowski side-by-side.


A student, a grad and a prof: Three innovators share how entrepreneurial supports at McMaster are helping them make a positive impact in the world. Learn more

Student startup wins Survivor pitch contest for app that makes ERs easier on kids

Shania Bhopa holds up a giant cheque for $15,000 that she won as Startup Survivor winner.


Global Health PhD student Shania Bhopa’s TechMedic app took home the $15,000 top prize in the Forge business incubator’s Startup Survivor pitch competition this week. Learn more