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Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Why just bring your idea to life?
Learn how to bring it to market

That’s what the Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OSEIE) is all about. Every course in this specialization has been designed to give you a competitive edge. Not only will you bolster your entrepreneurial skills, you will learn in a hands-on environment how to develop an idea, test it and launch a startup enterprise, as well as have access to industry mentors and startup funding. 




Become more experienced and marketable

There is a strong demand in industry for engineering graduates with innovation and entrepreneurship training and experience. By participating in the OSEIE, you will broaden your engineering experience and enhance your marketability. You'll gain a background in economics, management, startups, and market and technology development, and be able to start your own business or work for companies that are looking for engineers with entrepreneurial training. Plus, you’ll be mentored by industry leaders and have access to venture capitalists and seed funding.

Enjoy an experiential learning experience

Students within the OSEIE have access to the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CEIE) — an exciting environment for entrepreneurial-minded engineering students to gather, debate, share and collaborate with equally minded professors. Think of CEIE as a launch pad where you can develop and tweak your ideas to prepare them for market.

Access to the iBoost Zone

OSEIE students will receive membership to Ryerson's iBoost Zone.  There they will have access to mentorship and leadership via iBoost's entrepreneurs-in-residence; and they will be offered continuous learning and skills development through structured and unstructured interactions with peers, mentors and advisors.

Finance your idea

Through OSEIE, you’ll gain access to venture capitalists and seed funding. You can also apply for the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards, which provide financial support to students through the ideation, development and market readiness stages of their projects with funding of $5,000, $8,000 and $25,000 respectively.  

The OSEIE provides you with a strong foundation in the theory and practice of innovation and entrepreneurship with the following courses:

  • ECN 801: Principles of Engineering Economics*
  • EMS 201: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
  • EIE 201: Start Up of Technology Ventures
  • EIE 301: Practicum I – New Venture Identification
  • EIE 401: Practicum II – Market and Technology Development
  • EIE 501: Practicum III – Business Development and Market Readiness

*This course doubles as a required core program course for all engineering students.

Read the full course descriptions

Students in the Optional Specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship must complete all six courses prior to graduation. Fees will be assessed depending on the number of selected courses for the term.

The specialization also includes workshops and conferences to help you learn more about innovation and entrepreneurship.

All undergraduate engineering students in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science with clear academic standings are eligible to enroll in the OSEIE.  

Applications are accepted from the beginning of February of each year in the First-Year Engineering Office (FYEO) in ENG 340-B. Applications will be reviewed at the end of the Winter term.

Students who successfully complete all six courses in the OSEIE with a minimum CGPA of 1.67 will earn a special designation on their transcripts.

To apply, please fill out the online Application Form and attach a one-page statement of interest outlining your interest in the OSEIE program. Applicants may be asked to participate in face-to-face interviews prior to acceptance.

We're here to answer any questions you may have about the OSEIE.

For questions concerning program information, please contact Agata Kazimierski at: 

  • 416-979-5000 ext. 6091


For questions concerning applications, please contact us in the First-Year Engineering Office (FYEO) at:

Is there any financial assistance provided?

Students enrolled in the OSEIE are encouraged to take advantage of the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards. The Esch Awards have three stages of funding, which directly correlate to the OSEIE practicum courses. More information can be found here

How long does it take to finish all the courses?

The program starts in the Spring (May 2017) and runs consecutively till the end of the following Spring Semester (May 2018)

I need to work in the summer, is this would be a problem ?

You can definitely work a 9-5 job in the summer.  OSEIE classes are offered in the evenings.

Are the courses offered during the day or in the evenings?

Classes all year will be offered during the week (either Tuesday or Thursday’s) evenings from 6 – 9pm.

Do I have to have an idea already?

You do not need to have an idea or a solution – just an open mind and the hunger to create something wonderful.

What jobs does this specialization allow me to apply for?

Some students will complete the specialization with a business that has been commercialized or will be soon ready for commercialization.  Others will be able to apply for consultant roles, innovator-in-residence roles, or other comparable leadership roles.