Thanks to a gift from the National Bank, HEC Montréal is creating the
Institute for Entrepreneurship National Bank | HEC Montréal
MONTREAL, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - HEC Montréal is pleased to announce
the creation of the Institute for Entrepreneurship National Bank | HEC
Montréal, thanks to a $10million donation announced last January by the
National Bank as part of the Campus Montréal fundraising campaign.
The Institute, to be devoted to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial takeovers
and business families, will give students from the Campus Montréal
institutions (HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de
Montréal) and the business community access to tools and the opportunity to
attend events to encourage and support the creation and takeovers of
businesses, by helping to develop innovative entrepreneurs. The Institute will
offer activities revolving around education, research, spinoffs and
networking, as well as training.
"The National Bank has supported the growth and success of local businesses'
since it was founded more than 150 years ago. So it was a natural step for us
to join with HEC Montréal to create this Institute," explains LouisVachon,
President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank. "Starting from our
combined strengths, we can do more to help develop people and their talents.
This is essential to a dynamic entrepreneurial culture in Quebec."
"The Institute for Entrepreneurship National Bank | HEC Montréal confirms the
key role of the university community in creating and transferring knowledge
regarding entrepreneurial management," agrees HEC Montréal Director Michel
Patry. "Together, the National Bank and HEC Montréal are building an
institute of entrepreneurship that has no equivalent in Canada."
An Institute at the heart of entrepreneurial growth
The Institute for Entrepreneurship National Bank | HEC Montréal will have
1. An observatory of Quebec entrepreneurial trends and good
practices. The goal of the Observatory is to serve as a platform
for discussion and sharing information, for everyone interested in
issues related to entrepreneurship, SMBs and family businesses.
The Observatory is intended to become a key source of statistics,
information and knowledge. In keeping with this ambition, the
Observatory will be associated with the Fondation de
l'entrepreneurship to produce and share new data, drawing on the
complementary expertise of the two institutions.
2. An idea accelerator. This aspect of the Institute will be of
interest mainly to undergraduate students enrolled in the very
promising Rémi Marcoux Entrepreneurship Track, which focuses on
business creation, takeovers and the growth of family businesses.
The accelerator will offer personalized support and mentorship by
experienced businesspeople. In addition, students will receive
3. A centre for knowledge transfer and customized training. The
Institute will offer seminars on the themes of entrepreneurship,
entrepreneurial takeovers and managing family businesses. In
addition, training given by HEC Montréal faculty and experienced
businesspeople will provide valuable tools for entrepreneurs,
potential successors and other professionals concerned. Case
studies, presentations and first-hand accounts by business leaders
will give participants a chance to draw on real-life business
situations and develop skills they can apply immediately in their
4. A networking and event space. The Institute will organize many
public activities, from symposia to networking opportunities and a
competition for new entrepreneurs, Les Médaillés de la relève. All
these events will be opportunities for students, faculty and
entrepreneurs to forge bonds and discuss common interests in a
comfortable atmosphere, while encouraging the development of a
culture of entrepreneurship.
"Entrepreneurial initiatives will no longer be limited to a select few," says
Luis Cisneros, Associate Professor with the Department of Management at HEC
Montréal and Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship National Bank |
HEC Montréal. "The Institute will offer new training and nourish and share
knowledge in this field, as well as creating bonds among students, faculty and
entrepreneurs. By bringing together in one place all the players needed to
develop creative start-ups and entrepreneurial takeovers, this ecosystem we
are creating will provide an ideal setting to address the entrepreneurial
challenges of today and tomorrow."
About National Bank of Canada
With $187 billion in assets as at July 31, 2013, National Bank of Canada
(www.nbc.ca), together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading
integrated financial groups, and was named among the 20 strongest banks in the
world by Bloomberg Markets magazine. The Bank has close to 20,000 employees
and is widely recognized as a top employer. Its securities are listed on the
Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank's activities via social
media and learn more about its extensive community involvement at
clearfacts.ca and commitment.nationalbank.ca
About HEC Montréal
A world-class French-language business school with an emphasis on multilingual
teaching, HEC Montréal has over 12,000 students and trains more than 7,000
executives and managers from all industries every year. The School holds
numerous accreditations and offers some 40 academic programs at all levels of
university education. With 280 professors and researchers trained at the
world's most prestigious universities, HEC Montréal boasts cutting-edge
management teaching and research. Some fifty research units, including 25
chairs—7 of them Canada Research Chairs—give the School its reputation for
innovation, attracting students from close to 140 countries. HEC Montréal was
Canada's first business school and has trained over 71,000 students in all
fields of management since its founding in 1907. hec.ca | Facebook | Twitter |
About Campus Montréal
Campus Montréal is the umbrella organization bringing together HEC Montréal,
Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal for a joint fundraising
campaign. These three institutions make up the biggest Francophone university
complex in the world, and the leading centre of university research in Canada.
The institutions that make up Campus Montréal are in the top one per cent of
the world's best universities. John Parisella is Executive Director of the
Campus Montréal major fundraising campaign, with Louise Arbour, Hélène
Desmarais, Geoffrey Molson, Michael Sabia and Thierry Vandal serving as
co-chairs. With a goal of $500 million, this is the most ambitious fundraising
campaign ever launched by French-language university institutions. To date,
the Campus Montréal major campaign has raised over $200 million.
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