John F. Wood Centre Award Page

Student Awards

Allison Kane Memorial Entrepreneurial Prize

1 Award of $1,000.00

Deadling to apply: April 15, 2023

Award Description: Established by her friends and family in memory of Allison Marie Kane, a former University of Guelph student who was a well-respected leader in her community who had a vibrant personality and expressed her entrepreneurial spirit by returning to her family business after graduation. The Allison Kane Memorial  Entrepreneurial Prize of $1,000 will be presented to the student who has completed or will be completing an ICON class by the end of the Winter semester.

Eligibility: Students who have previously completed or will be completing an ICON class by the end of the Winter semester.

Instructions for completing the application form: Please include the following information with your application: Completed application form (which can be found at the bottom of this page) and your current resume. Your written response to the two question presented on Page 2 below. Please save your application package with the following naming format: LastName_FirstName_AllisonKane_Scholarship Please submit your application by email to: 

Janet Aizenstros Social Impact and Sustainability Scholarship Award 

1 Award of $2,500.00

Deadline to apply: We are not accepting applications at this time.

Award Description: Dr. Janét Aizenstros is a partner with the United Nations Business Action Hub (UNBAH) for the United Nations Global Compact program. She is an award-winning businesswoman with several leadership awards such as the Top 40 under 40, the Top 10 Inspiring Women in Canada, 2019 Conscious Company Media’s Top 22 Business Leaders and 2013-2014 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction of Business and Entrepreneur. She is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the Global Goodwill Ambassadors Foundation.

Eligibility: Students registered in any major of the Bachelor of Commerce program with demonstrated social entrepreneurship and innovation through academic and community experience, or registered in the minor in Entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship is defined as any individual or entity that pursues an entrepreneurial venture that helps drive social change and has positive impact on society.

Instructions for completing the application form: Applicants are required to submit a completed application (which can be found at the bottom of this page) as well as a current resume. Please complete the application form and provide a 500 word statement in the blank pages provided, which answers the question: “How have you demonstrated social entrepreneurship and innovation through your academic and community experience?” Please select and expand upon experiences in your resume. Please save your application package with the following naming format: LastName_FirstName_JanetAizenstros_Scholarship Please submit your application by email to: 

Johnson Entrepreneurship Scholarship

1 Award of $10,000.00

Deadline to apply: May 15, 2023

Award Description: Chris Johnson is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate (’97), and the founder and CEO of Crown Capital Partners. Chris discovered his inner entrepreneur after graduating and wants to encourage students to consider this as a career choice. Chris believes that entrepreneurism and innovation are critical for the Canadian economy to prosper.

Eligibility: Students registered in a major offered by the Lang School of Business and Economics who have successfully completed 15 credits as of the application deadline.

Instructions for completing the application form: Eligible applicants will complete and submit the Application Form (which can be found at the bottom of this page) together with a current resume and a 500 word letter describing their entrepreneurial spirit and how they will further foster this spirit (through knowledge and skills acquisition) through projects in their last year of study.  Applicants should explain how receiving this scholarship will aid them in their contributions to Canada’s knowledge-based society while fostering innovation within it. Selection will be based on the degree of originality and innovation of the applicant’s business ideas and propositions described in the letter. Submit applications by email to Lang Awards Committee at 

Hub Incubator Program Awards

Oilseed Innovation Partners Entrepreneurship Fund

2 Awards of $5,000.00 per year

Award Description: Students or student teams interested in commercializing a product or technology associated with an Oil seed are eligible for an award. This generous gift from the Oilseed Innovation Partners has been pivotal to the success of several student start-ups. To receive an award, students must apply to the Hub Incubator Program via the John F. Wood Centre for Business & Student Enterprise. 

Warren and Deborah Jestin Impact Award 

1 Award of $1,500.00 per year

Award Description: The Warren and Deborah Jestin Impact Award is given annually to a student in the Hub Incubator program. The award recognizes the business that demonstrates the highest community and social benefit along with a sustainable and profitable business model. The winner is decided each year by a panel of judges. 

Bring your ideas to life!

Whether for-profit or not-for-profit, you can receive the support to grow or begin your startup. The Hub offers U of G students and alumni funding, dedicated office space and access to experienced entrepreneurs so that you can develop a strong business model that can be rigorously tested and intelligently scaled.
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