The LaunchPad Program was created to help Mount Royal University’s most innovative and entrepreneurial students pursue their passion, inspire ideas, and launch their own venture. We do this through a series of programs that offer coaching and mentorship, workshops, funding, co-working space, and access to a thriving community. There's no one-size-fits-all for an entrepreneur. That's why Mount Royal University offers support throughout the startup development phases from ideation, to validation, to growth - we are here to support you. 


LaunchPad Innovators Circle

Are you a driven student curious about innovation? Do you have a business idea bouncing around your head? Do you have knowledge and resources it takes to benefit the startups and organizations you join? Do you thrive in a fast pace environment? Or are you a freelancer equipt with the talent startups need? If you said yes to any of the question above, then it is time for you to get involved with Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MRU. Students of the Mount Royal Innovation and Entrepreneurship program go on to do incredible things, often before they even finish school. They create positive change in their communities, launch successful ventures, drive social enterprise, and transform companies from within. They are problem solvers marked by an entrepreneurial mindset and a drive to make a difference. Although Mount Royal entrepreneurs all come from different backgrounds, they share a unique ability to find opportunities for innovation everywhere they look. Join the Innovators Circle to stay gain access to mentorship, one-of-a-kind courses, a vibrant community of students, and opportunities to help either your business, career, or both soar.

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LaunchPad Founders Circle

The LaunchPad Founders Circle is program for ambitious like-minded students eager to validate, launch, and build their ideas. This driven group of Mount Royal students hold each other accountable to goals, foster peer-to-peer mentorship, receive guidance from industry experts, and have opportunities for funding. The Founders Circle fosters a sense of belonging outside the class by creating a safe space for students to ask question and fail with the support of the Institute and their peers. Members of the Founders Circle are also eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 through the Founders Fund. Funding provides initial financial support to remove barriers to learning including funding the development of a prototype or reducing part-time hours to allow the student to focus on their venture.

  • Gain access to a community of entrepreneurs on campus and in the community
  • Receiving coaching and mentorship from the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's team, your peers and the community
  • Apply for seed funding 
  • Join us for our monthly Founders Circle meetups




JMH $70,000 LaunchPad Pitch Competition


You don't have to wait until graduation to pursue your entrepreneurial passions and start a business. The JMH LaunchPad was created to help MRU's most entrepreneurial students launch their own ventures. The LaunchPad program provides grants to students as well as valuable mentorship, culminating in the annual LaunchPad Pitch Competition. In this Dragon's Den-style competition, students pitch their entrepreneurial venture to a panel of experienced judges and a supportive audience for their share of $70,000 in cash and services. Before the competition, students work hand-in-hand with a collection of seasoned entrepreneurs to develop their value proposition, learn how to effectively pitch their idea, and learn from some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds in Calgary.

The JMH LaunchPad is Mount Royal University's signature entrepreneurship initiative and truly supports our goal of creating the most entrepreneurial minds in Canada. Funded by a generous donation from JMH&CO. of $250,000 over five years, LaunchPad has been responsible for supporting multiple Mount Royal based startups through financial assistance and mentorship opportunities. All Mount Royal students are welcome to apply to the LaunchPad program. 




LaunchPad Alumni Achievement Award

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University derives tremendous pride from the success of our students and their achievements as alumni. Our alumni community make remarkable contributions to their professions and communities. To celebrate their many accomplishments the Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship honors our alumni and students through the LaunchPad Alumni Achievement Awards. Past winners include Stephen Guppy, Co-Founder of GNS3 and Dustin Paisley, Co-Founder of Local Laundry and the Manager of Entrepreneurship at ATB Financial.


Frequently Asked Questions: 

I have an idea, what do I do?

First, we must determine which application you should fill out. If you are just starting to brainstorm ideas, or have a defined idea but no business model, I’d suggest applying to the Innovator’s Circle. This allows us to get to know you as an individual without asking a bunch of questions about a business that doesn't exist (yet). If you have a business, or an idea that you're working on (business model), apply to the Founder’s Circle. This application will ask specific questions about your venture that will help us guide you towards your next steps.

I don't have an idea, can I still engage with the Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

YES! Just because you don't have an idea does not mean you are not innovative or entrepreneurial! We strongly encourage you to get involved. Our Innovator’s Circle and Inspiring Ideas Workshops are designed to connect, inspire and help uncover your passions.

My venture is a social enterprise or for purpose venture, is this the right place for me?

YES! Members of both the Innovator's Circle and the Founders Circle come from across campus, with a diverse background, in a variety of markets. Regardless of your business model, we are here to help!

I have a business partners external to Mount Royal University, can I still apply?

Yes - just indicate the names of your team members on your application (and their contact information).

Does the Institute give out funding to all of the members of the Founders Circle?

No, we do not. While the Institute For Innovation and Entrepreneurship does have funding available for entrepreneurs in the various stages of growth, this does not mean you will automatically receive funding. Members who receive funding, for validation or for growth, must demonstrate the drive, commitment, and understanding of what it takes to validate, launch and grow a business.

I’ve never taken an entrepreneurship class, can I still apply to the programs?

Absolutely! We always encourage you to enroll in MRU’s Entrepreneurship classes, but if you cannot take the classes for whatever reason, we would still love to see you get involved.