53 SPEC Kit 355: Campus-wide Entrepreneurship
The Blackstone LaunchPad in the Bird Library is one of 20 LaunchPads in universities across
the United States and Ireland supported by a $900,000 three-year seed-funding grant from the
Blackstone Charitable Foundation. In November 2016, the Libraries won the Judges Prize at the
Charleston Conference Fast Pitch Competition (in the amount of $2,500) for the idea of embedding an
entrepreneurship collection of print books in the LaunchPad.
The business library has received funds from the Small Business Development Center and the
Entrepreneurship Learning Community for various resources.
The library has provided the funding for staff and staff training and has received additional financial
support from the university administration to deploy and equip collaborative spaces in the Main
Library building, including Make Central, MSU’s makerspace.
University administration: for library resources
We have received a generous donation to design and build our future iZone space.
Answered No N=1
Internally, we have reallocated collections funds to support the acquisition of
entrepreneurship resources.
22. Does the library partner with any other department(s) in the institution to deliver
entrepreneurship services? N=58
Yes 35 60%
No 23 40%
If yes, please identify the department(s) and briefly describe the service(s). N=34
Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: workshops offered in the library
As described, the Steacie Library Hackfest is offered in partnership with LaunchYU. The Schulich
Career Development Centre organizes two Start Up Nights per year and the Peter F. Bronfman
Business Library partners with them to provide services to students.
Carson College of Business, Voiland College of Engineering
Central university entrepreneurship office, Innovations and Partnerships Office (part of VP research
and innovation portfolio), various accelerators, Student life/Career Centre, various departments and
faculties, undergraduate colleges, to provide library instruction, events, promotional support, panel
moderation, judging panel for pitch competition, library space for non-library-related startup events,
other as needed.
CFE, Tech transfer, Fast Forward Medical Innovation: instruction, consultations, and research help
Entrepreneuriat Laval (entrepreneurship incubator): instruction. Career Center: instruction
entrepreneurship@UBC, Sauder School of Business, Faculty of Management, and Applied Sciences
Ford Library partners with the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), the
Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator (SEAD), the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI),
the Duke Global Entrepreneurship Network (DukeGEN), the Duke Startup Challenge, the Center for
Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), the Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs, the
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