From wearable tech to fundraising solutions: The 2015 MBET practicums

Thursday, October 16, 2014
The commercialization practicum is one of the defining components of the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program. The eight-month practicum allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real businesses, immersing them into the world of entrepreneurship. It is once again that time of year when MBET candidates select the businesses to which they will contribute over the coming months.

Announcing the 2015 MBET practicum projects:

MBET alumni companies:

Aereus Technologies | Clearpath Robotics | NEX 

Internal (current student) companies:

ENGAGE | MAJiK Systems | Medical Accommodation | PushStrength

External (local community) companies:

BreadCrumb TrackingKoNode | FunRaisers 

How does the practicum work?

The process begins when companies submit proposals to become a practicum project through Conrad practicum coordinator, Doug Sparkes. These companies can be external or internal to the program, including MBET alumni, local startups interested in project support, or current MBET candidates launching their own company with the help of their peers.  

In early October, representatives from would-be practicum projects pitch their companies to the MBET class. Approximately eight to ten projects are selected through a student vote and consideration by faculty members. MBET students then choose the top three or four practicums in which they would like to be involved, and the practicum coordinator creates teams based on student preferences. This year, ten practicums were chosen, and 94% of MBET students were placed with their first or second choice. 

This promising cohort of projects will join the likes of past practicums, with companies such as Clearpath Robotics, ULLO, and Open TextTake a look at who the companies are, and why they have partnered with MBET:

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