Location: New Brunswick
Lead: Jenelle Sobey
During the Startup Canada Truro Town Hall stop, Jenelle Sobey from New Brunswick Business Council and Nancy Mathis from the Wallace McCain Institute were introduced to ‘University Enterprise Audits’, an evaluation developed by Victoria Lennox to measure and benchmark the level to which higher and further educational institutions are entrepreneurial and foster entrepreneurship. Inspired by the concept of developing entrepreneurial campuses, Jenelle Sobey and Nancy Mathis decided to bring the Audits to colleges and universities across New Brunswick.
Many of New Brunswick universities and colleges have faculty and students engaged in successful entrepreneurial ventures, entrepreneurship programs, centres, clubs, courses, mentorships, internships, experiential learning opportunities, partnerships and venture capital all working to promote the entrepreneurial culture within New Brunswick.
The Wallace McCain Institute (WMI) in partnership with the Pond-Deshpande Centre are compiling an independent audit of New Brunswick’s colleges and universities with the advisory support of Ms. Lennox. With the purpose of cataloguing activities and identifying how each institution is contributing to the provincial entrepreneurial culture. Colleges and universities that participated in the 2012 year: the University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison University, the New Brunswick Community College and the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick.
The independent enterprise audits will provide a starting point for universities and colleges to benchmark their own contribution to the provincial entrepreneurial culture and community.