HEQCO report finds wide variety of entrepreneurship education opportunities in Ontario

July 24, 2014

A new report released by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HECQO) says that entrepreneurial education is “booming” at the province’s PSE institutions, and becoming increasingly important. According to the study, the number of curricular and extracurricular entrepreneurship opportunities available to students has been growing steadily, including entrepreneurship majors, minors, concentrations, diplomas, and certificates. Business incubators and accelerators, workspaces, and mentoring programs have also become more common at Ontario institutions, as well as networking events and internships designed to give students experience with start-ups. According to the report, delivery modes, audiences, objectives, and evaluation mechanisms varied widely within and between institutions; the authors also note that most programs do not formally define what is meant by “entrepreneurship.” The report speculates that the growth in entrepreneurship education in Canada is attributable in part to the belief that would-be entrepreneurs benefit from varied, hands-on learning experiences. HEQCO Summary | Full Report