Recognized globally as a premiere resource for entrepreneurship research and education, the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship serves new business ventures from start-up to succession. Housed within the renowned Ivey Business School, the Institute provides entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and discipline to thrive in a competitive world. We work at every level - from helping students develop the skills to launch new businesses, to supporting existing entrepreneurs as they take their organizations to the next level. We are also world-renowned for our research in the areas of high growth and entrepreneurial learning.
Entrepreneurship Research Centre
Research is a key element in providing entrepreneurs with the skills they need to succeed. Led by Professor Simon Parker, the Entrepreneurship Cross-Enterprise Leadership Centre is the Institute's research arm. The Centre serves as a forum for faculty and doctoral candidates to collaborate on research ideas, develop teaching cases and advance manuscripts for publication in leading peer-reviewed journals. In June 2014, the Centre co-hosted the 34th annual Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) and Doctoral Consortium, which brought together leading researchers and scholars in entrepreneurship from around the world.
Business Families Centre
Business families face unique and complex challenges. From the entrepreneurial founders to second and third generation owner-leaders - even Generation Y members on the threshold of launching their own careers - all are faced with the complex decision of whether or when to enter the family firm. The Business Families Centre (BFC) - led by Dave Simpson - helps family-controlled businesses remain entrepreneurial, a key factor in ensuring long-term viability. BFC also helps foster a deeper understanding of the strengths and challenges of the business, the family and the complex relationship that ties one to the other.
The Ivey New Venture program takes entrepreneurs on a journey through the entrepreneurial process - from refining an idea, to developing a business plan and pitching to an external review panel. It's a team-based project that gives students the chance to apply their business knowledge in the development of a commercial enterprise. Students refine their ideas through entrepreneurial skill-building classes, business plan competitions and coaching sessions with Ivey faculty and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs). It's a great way for entrepreneurs to hit the ground running.