At the second annual Launchpad Liftoff Competition, organized by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking in cooperation with the Schulich School of Engineering, students and researchers from the University of Calgary took to the virtual stage to showcase their unique company concepts. Improved health and wellbeing, greater travel experiences, and environmental sustainability were among the ideas discussed.
Launchpad is UCalgary’s co-curricular entrepreneurship program, which trains students, researchers, and postdocs from various colleges and departments to become entrepreneurs and changemakers in their disciplines. This year’s program began in October 2021, with 99 participants divided into 27 teams from six universities. It lasted six months and included seminars, mentoring and coaching, prototype money, and over $20,000 in awards to recognize and encourage participant innovation and collaboration.
The Schulich School of Engineering created the Launchpad program in 2019 to assist participants improve their resumes and early-career experience, develop entrepreneurial thinking skills, and motivate them to make an impact by addressing challenges that matter.