Entrepreneurship, upon which economists say economic growth depends, has moved from the margins to the mainstream of university education. As a result, universities are now preparing students to ...

Entrepreneurship at Ontario Universities: Fuelling Success

Published: October 1, 2013

Entrepreneurship, upon which economists say economic growth depends, has moved from the margins to the mainstream of university education. As a result, universities are now preparing students to create their own jobs, as well as jobs for other people.

Many thousands of students a year are learning entrepreneurship in dozens of programs and hundreds of courses at Ontario’s 21 publicly funded universities. — Entrepreneurship at Ontario Universities: Fuelling Success COU Report
  1. 46 per cent of Canada’s postsecondary students recently surveyed by Pollara for BMO said they see themselves starting a business after graduation.

CIBC says Canadians are expected to become their own bosses at an accelerated pace in the coming decade, with more than half a million entrepreneurs creating their own jobs in 2012-13. The U.S.-based Kauffman Foundation, which is devoted to entrepreneurship, recently concluded that any net job growth comes entirely from startup firms. A 2009 Canadian study indicates there has been a 33 per cent increase in the number of entrepreneurship courses between 2004 and 2009.

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