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Innovation is born from a spark

For more than a century, Mount Royal University students have been shaping the society we live in. Whether they’re growing nutrient-rich vegetables in indoor, vertical farms or designing confidence-building clothing from sustainable fabrics, Mount Royal University graduates across all disciplines are learning to develop innovative mindsets to propel them into their future careers.


Innovative people, spaces, programs, mindsets.

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Carille Mendoza

Meet Carille Mendoza, who propelled her career forward by combining the inspiration provided through Mount Royal’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the support of her profs in the computer information systems program.

Innovative spaces

The tools and the foundation for innovative minds to grow

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Logan Grasby

Meet Logan Grasby, who attributes the human connections he made at Mount Royal plus the skills and confidence gained through the LaunchPad program for convincing him he had what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Innovative programs

Innovation drives learning everywhere at MRU

  • Growth Catalyst
    A pilot initiative to help small Alberta businesses scale up through continued growth episodes
  • Bounceback YYC
    A hackathon on accelerating the restart, recovery and return of the experience economy
  • High-impact Talent Roundtable
    Teams up with city business leaders to foster the right employees for Calgary's future
  • Catamount Fellowship
    A cohort-based learning experience committed to building a more just and sustainable future
  • Alberta Inclusive Innovation Initiative
    This series of no-cost workshops provides nuts and bolts training for new entrepreneurs
  • Changemaking — Ashoka U
    As an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus MRU inspires and empowers meaningful change
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Ben Pearman

Meet Ben Pearman, who says the tools provided at the Riddell Library and Learning Centre’s Maker Studio and the experiential opportunities offered through his education were instrumental in helping him set up his business.

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Innovative learning

Practical education led by professors who have been there

  • Research opportunities
    Student research is foundational, with numerous research assistant roles available and showcase opportunities during Research and Scholarship Days
  • Capstone projects
    Experiential learning applying the culmination of students’ education into a resumé-worthy final project for a strong transition into their profession
  • Honours projects
    Honours students engage in high-level immersive research and analysis, with one example from psychology tying sport and technology together
  • Humanly
    Information design students use systems thinking, changemaking and human-centred design principles to address real-world problems
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Priyash Bista

Meet Priyash Bista, who says networking with others in the social entrepreneurship community and a greater understanding of the foundation of innovation made him realize that businesses can make change for the better.

Become the kind of thinker who can discover how to solve problems with answers that improve the world.

Find your innovative mindset.