Colloquium Course

The translation of knowledge, experience and opportunity into the discovery, evaluation and implementation of novel business or social enterprises is at the core of entrepreneurship.

It is the means by which people in diverse social settings empower themselves creatively, socially and economically to improve their own circumstances as well as those of their families and communities. Entrepreneurship turns ideas and vision into ventures that thrive and survive given the right conditions, motivation and knowledge.

This seminar will explore the various facets and incarnations of entrepreneurship in manner that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and engages with communities within and beyond the University.

It will create a forum for dialogue between diverse groups and promote the identification of opportunities for the creation of social and economic wealth through the joint efforts of multiple communities.

To do so, the seminar will bring together academics and thought leaders from multiple domains, some traditionally associated with entrepreneurial activities and others where pioneers are beginning to explore new and innovative solutions to traditional concerns.


What you will learn:

The seminar will be comprised of six modules:

  1. Entrepreneurial Thinking Within and Across Contexts
  2. Financing Entrepreneurship
  3. Technological Entrepreneurship
  4. Social Entrepreneurship
  5. Cultural Entrepreneurship
  6. Entrepreneurship in Aboriginal Communities


How you will learn:

Each of these modules will be comprised of two sessions.

  • The first session of each module is an in-class seminar for registered students (graduate and senior undergraduate) which is led by SFU members who are widely published and passionate about the topic area covered. In these sessions, the academics will introduce the topic area, explain its theoretical and practical significance and explore the primary research questions which drive that area of inquiry. Academic articles will be assigned to seminar participants to facilitate and add depth and rigour to these discussions.
  • The second session of each module will be a free public lecture which features a guest speaker of international renown who is a leading academic and / or thought leader in the subject area. These speakers will engage the audience in an interactive session that will be open to members of the university community and the general public.

As a final assignment, seminar registrants will be required to work in teams of 3–4 students to identify and describe the challenges and opportunities associated with entrepreneurship in one or more of the entrepreneurial domains covered in the seminar (i.e. technological, social, cultural, and aboriginal). These projects will be presented to the University and invited guests in a session at the end of the term.


Applications for the Colloquium course will be accepted until all class spots are taken.

* UGrad-Spring2014colloq.pdf
Undergrad application form
* Grad-Spring2014colloq.pdf
Grad student application form


All SFU graduate students and senior undergraduates may register with permission of their departments. Graduate students in the following departments have been pre-approved to take this course for credit towards their degrees:

  • Beedie School of Business
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences

Enrolment in the colloquium will be capped at 20 registrants, and admission will be by application only.

Applications will be accepted until the course is full. (This website will be updated when the course is full.)