The has announced a C$40 million ($29.7 million) gift from the to establish an interdisciplinary hub for entrepreneurship.
The Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking will support entrepreneurship camps and summer incubators for students; foundational courses in entrepreneurial thinking; experiential learning initiatives; venture competitions; entrepreneurs-in-residence, speakers, and workshops; and a new entrepreneurial certificate program available to students in all areas of study. The hub also will provide a dedicated space on campus where students and faculty can gain and share knowledge, build networks, and turn their ideas into practical solutions.
The hub will build on entrepreneurship-focused work already being done at the in the which was made possible in part by a 2012 gift from the Hunter Family Foundation. The family's latest gift will count toward the university's $1.3 billion fundraising campaign, the public phase of which was launched in April 2016.
"This gift reflects our core vision of 'entrepreneurial giving'," said Diane Hunter, an alumna of the university and a trustee of the Hunter Family Foundation. "We invest in our community to impact change. As one of Canada's leading research institutions, the University of Calgary is a driver of the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in our community. It fuels our next generation of talented social and technological thinkers, who will in turn energize our city, our province, and our world for the future."