The Bissett School of Business is home to the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Community Prosperity

The Institutes allow for the facilitation and collaboration of research and other scholarly, artistic and academic activities not normally undertaken within the Bissett School of Business.  The Institutes facilitate collaborative, multi-disciplinary research and provide services to the community - both in and out of Mount Royal University.

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Our goal is simple: to create and foster an entrepreneurial mindset. We want to graduate students with a mindset marked by imagination, a readiness to take on new projects, and perseverance to overcome all obstacles.

Students that develop entrepreneurial minds are innovators that transform small and large companies, drive social enterprise, create new ventures and build dynamic communities.

At the core of being innovative and entrepreneurial are a student's ambitions and individuality. Our students get to customize their entire experience to fit around the things that make them unique. Our students can marry their personal passions and entrepreneurial skills to impact the world, satisfy their ambition to start a new venture, or uncover their true passions to chart a fulfilling career. The experience our students gain as innovators set them far apart from their colleagues and peers. Students that experience innovation and entrepreneurship at Mount Royal gain qualities that are on everyone's must-hire list.



Institute for Community Prosperity

Over 2 million Canadians work in the nonprofit sector, arguably the most dynamic, challenging and rewarding facet of our nation's economy-and one that is growing at an exceptional rate.

Recognizing the increasingly important role that the nonprofit sector plays in Canada's economy and social structure, Mount Royal University launched Canada's first Institute for Nonprofit Studies (INS). The Institute, launched in 2000, combines education and research tailored to meet the rapidly changing needs of the nonprofit sector.

An initial donation of $1 million from an anonymous donor provided start-up funding for the Institute and helped set its Canada-wide agenda. Immediately following the launch of the Institute, a new, four-year Bachelor of Applied Nonprofit Studies degree - also a national first - was created. The first class of students graduated in the spring of 2005. Starting in September 2009, A nonprofit specialization will be available within the Bachelor of Applied Business studies.

In January, 2009, the Charter for the Institute for Community Prosperity was officially approved for a five year term.

The Institute for Community Prosperity works in close collaboration with the nonprofit community, business and other post-secondary institutions to ensure that what is undertaken is focused on the needs of the value-driven enterprise sector. To achieve this, an advisory committee composed of members of the nonprofit community, businesses, foundations, post-secondary institutions, and Mount Royal faculty was created to help guide the Institute and its initiatives.