Francine SchlosserUWindsor business professor Francine Schlosser speaks with partners during a reception Tuesday in the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre.

Fellowship program to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration around entrepreneurship

A new program of the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) aims at harnessing creative energies across the campus to transform campuses, communities, and disciplines.

The EPICentre Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows Program will offer a one-year renewable appointment and fund students supervised by faculty members in their own disciplines to drive projects that reflects the interface between their own academic areas and entrepreneurship.

“What’s exciting about this is that it will help faculty and students across campus own the idea of entrepreneurship,” says business professor Francine Schlosser, the centre’s director of research and innovation. “It has to do with their own livelihoods and their creativity.”

Engineering professor Jill Urbanic says the fellowship program will aid her efforts to turn ideas into marketable products.

“We really are trying to teach our students professional life skills,” she says. “The fact that the University is investing in this—providing support and infrastructure—is proof of that.”

The program is open to all full-time UWindsor faculty members, with up to 10 new fellows accepted each year. Learn more on the EPICentre website.

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