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Mentorship Program - Ongoing

The Mentorship Program is a face-to-face mentoring program whereby mentors, entrepreneurs, and or students are matched to establish an mentorship relationship. The program aims to ultimately establish a successful relationship that increases the chances of success of the entrepreneur in launching their new ventures. Mentors are made available to all participating in the Masters of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship and/or the Innovation Boost Zone. Click here for a list of mentors and their bios!

The Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards 

The Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards provide financial assistance to current engineering and architectural science students with the purpose of enabling new, innovative ideas for products, inventions and technologies that are relevant to the Canadian economy now and in the future. 

The Volt Program 

Volt supports students and their faculty supervisors in taking their research from ideation to commercialization. This 10 week program runs twice a year, and equips students with the needed entrepreneurial skills to help assess the commercial viability of their research. The vision of Volt is to provide entrepreneurial education to student deep tech researchers. 


Lab2Market, external link (L2M) is the first national-level program in Canada to fund and equip graduate students and their faculty supervisors with the entrepreneurial skills needed to assess the commercial viability of their university-based research innovations. Lab2Market is run in partnership with Dalhousie University and Memorial University.

The Apprentice Program

The Apprentice Program is a project-based program that connects IBZ startups and Ryerson students to create work-integrated learning opportunities. Students will get the opportunity to work with startups in various areas of deep tech ranging from AI, health tech, digital media and more. The vision of this program is to support IBZ startups with recruitment, while also providing students with the experience they need to enter the workforce.


The BOOST program provides participants with an introduction into the entrepreneurial journey. Participants will do deep dives into topics such as validation, market research and communication as well as hear from founders and industry experts on their experiences within the world of entrepreneurship. 

If you have a startup idea or are just curious about entrepreneurship and innovation, BOOST is your introduction into the world of venture creation and entrepreneurship.

BOOST is open to all Ryerson students. 

The ACE program connects Ryerson researchers that have an idea with Ryerson students who are driven to make an impact in the world - collectively they will have the opportunity to bring the project to life as a startup.

This 4 month program gives students experience working alongside Ryerson University researchers, and learn the entrepreneurial skills needed to bring an idea to life, as well as be equipped with the resources and tools necessary to get them there. 

If you want to learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur or business leader, apply for the ACE program!