posted on Sept. 28: CampusIncubator nurtures world-class businesses


Do you think you have what it takes to be a great business leader?

Maybe you see yourself as the next Bill Gates. You've got the ideas, you just don't know how to get them off the ground. Sound familiar?

Then the McMaster CampusIncubator Business Plan Challenge may be your ticket to realizing your business dreams and thousands of dollars to get you going.

Khalid Nainar, chair of accounting in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business and CampusIncubator's first director, says the goal of this new venture is to help McMaster students, faculty and staff to conceptualize, nurture and build world-class businesses.

At McMaster, we are surrounded by creative and innovative thinkers who have brilliant ideas but often aren't able to roll them out because they lack the resources. So, in response to this lack of resources  both financial and business counselling  we created the CampusIncubator Business Plan Challenge.

Through a series of free workshops, participants will learn first-hand from legal, accounting, marketing, patenting, financing and management experts the dos and don'ts of business planning. And in the end, up to $50,000 in cash and start-up services will be awarded to the most outstanding teams of entrepreneurs whose business plans for new ventures show significant business potential.

The first workshop is being held this Saturday, Sept. 29, in Togo Salmon Hall (TSH) Room B128 from 9 a.m – 4 p.m. and organizers expect as many as 75 would-be entrepreneurs.

For more information on the Challenge and the workshops, call ext. 23990 or visit the Website at