Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School is unfortunately cancelled for Summer 2020. However, we invite the students and the community to get involved in the Simon Nehme COVID-19 Design Challenge.Information

Our Entrepreneurship School leverages the growing entrepreneurial and innovative community at the University of Ottawa and in the Ottawa region. It brings together like-minded individuals from across Canada and other countries to collaborate on exciting ventures.

The school offers skill development sessions and hands-on workshops delivered by matter experts, entrepreneurs, and members of the entrepreneurial community as well as academia.

The school covers a wide-spectrum of entrepreneurial topics including:

  • Team management and entrepreneurial leadership skills
  • Problem discovery and ideation principles
  • Customer discovery and validation
  • Finance and accounting
  • Legal issues and incorporation
  • Business modeling and many other topics


    Deadline to register: April 7th, 2020.

    Apply now


    This one-week school will help you:

    • Develop your entrepreneurial mindset
    • Learn about startup tools and strategies
    • Design and test new startup ideas
    • Use innovative technology to address problems
    • Learn the basis of prototyping and design thinking

    The school will also allow you to meet and network with local entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial support services.

    This school is for you if you are:

    • An entrepreneur
    • A budding entrepreneur
    • Someone passionate about technology and innovation
    • A university student interested in entrepreneurship
    Simon Nehme school participants
    Participants and testimonials

    Here’s what some of the participants had to say about this school:

    “Beyond the expert advice on my project and prizes (individual and in team), this school gave me an opportunity to strengthen my entrepreneurship skills (knowledge) and allowed me to see clearer how to transform my thesis to a company. It has also inspired me to create a similar model in my country (Mali) to contribute in preparing future generation of African Leaders in the world of business and engineering.”
    Moussa Thiam
    PhD Student
    Department of Civil Engineering

    “Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School was one of the most valuable experience I had during university. The program was well-rounded and gave me the exposure to entrepreneurship I needed to confidently begin my journey in business. Studying in a math program at the university, I rarely had the chance to present or participate in group projects. In that, the entrepreneurship program was a perfect opportunity for me to learn. Over the week, I learned how to pitch an idea to investors and improved my overall presentation skills. I enjoyed listening to guest speakers sharing their stories and struggles as entrepreneurs. I also enjoyed networking with fellow participants and becoming inspired to take on a venture myself! Thank you Midia, Hanan and Simon for making this program possible and enjoyable!”
    Yuji Jeong
    BSc Statistics

    “The Simon Nehme school provides you a wholistic view and insight of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Great way to figure out whether or not entrepreneurship is for you. If you have a great idea you can pitch it to the team and if it gets voted on you have a full time team for a week to help bring this idea to life and experts to support you! Amazing experience. Would highly recommend.
    My best memory was hearing a fellow uOttawa student who had an idea and brought it to life. He talked about how quickly his business grew and how things work when you get angel investors, etc. I related to him completely as he is like any of us, another student at uOttawa. Most insightful and inspiring story! #WipeBook”
    Tecla Kalinda
    uOttawa Alumna
    Senior Analyst at Bank of Canada

    “Simon Nehme School week was terrific and I came out with so many ideas. I came out with clear and structured action items for moving forward. It brought together fresh entrepreneurs with novel ideas and industry gurus who led us through creating our business models. A great event, packed with so much knowledge and great speakers. Definitely exceeded my expectations.”
    Shehzad Ghani
    PhD Candidate
    Faculty of Education

    Fees and scholarships

    Most of the fees associated with participating in this summer program has been covered by Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School. The cost to attend this one week school is $150. There also limited scholarships available to participants of this school.

    Cost also covers the supplies, lunches and social events.

    Registration coming soon.

    Sponsor the program and awards

    This unique summer entrepreneurship school brings together students and community members to collaborate on new and innovative business ideas. This school is an excellent opportunity for companies and organizations to market to and support our participants, volunteers and partners.

    Sponsorship levels

    Platinum Level ($5,000) - Sponsorship of the final pitch competition award

    • Recognition on our website and printable materials
    • Judging privilege for our final pitches (optional)
    • Introduction and recognition during our opening ceremony, closing ceremony and on the certificates of completion 
    • Award name privilege

    Gold Level ($3,000)- Sponsorship of two participants and two days lunch

    • Recognition on our website and printable materials
    • Judging privilege for our final pitches (optional)
    • Introduction and recognition during our opening ceremony, closing ceremony and on the certificates of completion

    Silver Level ($1,500)- Sponsorship of one participant and one day lunch

    • Recognition on our website and materials
    • Introduction and recognition during the opening and closing ceremonies

    For more details and questions, please contact Hanan Anis on

    Sponsors 2019

    RBC, NSERC CREATE Top-Set programme FONCER CRSNG, uOttawa faculties of Arts, Engineering and Social Sciences

    Contact us

    Do you have any questions or comments? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Hanan Anis

    Sponsor a youth to attend the school

    The Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School aims to equip youth with the knowledge and the skills needed to enable the next generation of entrepreneurs. You can sponsor a youth to attend the school for $500!

    For more information about sponsoring a youth to attend the school, please contact us.


    Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School-2018

    Summer 2020 term schedule

    The third edition of the Entrepreneurship School will run from April 26 to May 1, 2020.

    See the schedule in Google Sheets instead.

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