This program is specifically designed for those who will start, grow or drive new ventures whether in a startup or inside a corporation

Special skills, strategies and strengths are needed to turn an idea into a viable and thriving business. The Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship equips you for that success.

The year-long program combines three intense residential boot camps at Smith School of Business in Kingston with an experiential, goal-driven project supported by an advisor throughout the year. This is a 'learn by doing' program with self-directed courses, workshops, guest speakers and real innovation projects being launched. There are two program formats: immersed on campus in student life or anywhere in the world, depending on the type of project you are launching.

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The program is for:

  • Entrepreneurs looking to commercialize an innovative product or service idea or to scale up to the next stage of success.
  • Corporate Innovators and Intrapreneurs working in new venture or innovation roles within an enterprise.
  • Adventurers whose passion is to join a startup or scale-up venture and help drive acceleration.
  • Social Innovators seeking to solve community challenges through a new initiative or solution.

A 12-month program starting in August, individualized to meet your needs.

Joint program with Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Dynamic Remote Learning from the Experts

Smith School of Business is at the forefront of delivering business education in dynamic and engaging remote formats. With state-of-the-art technology — including a dedicated, interactive teaching studio — we have been delivering outstanding business education to the classroom, the boardroom, and the desktop for thousands of students for more than a decade.

Much more than broadcasting lectures, Smith’s approach facilitates discussion, team projects and collaborations, career support services, and personal and group coaching. Earn your degree while working from your home city, and stay on track to advance your career and professional ambitions.

Powerful Virtual Networking

Smith delivers powerful networking opportunities within its programs no matter the platform or delivery format. From career preparation and employer roundtables, to virtual coaching, team project facilitation, and special events, Smith’s approach and platforms ensure rich engagement.


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Bring your innovative ideas to fruition

Over the duration of the program you will be given the opportunity, tools and support to take your ideas to fruition through our innovation incubator phase.

Intensive boot camp style sessions
at Smith

The program includes three highly intensive on-campus sessions in which you will develop your business acumen and learn the tools and techniques you need to succeed.

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Personalize your project path

The program provides two project paths – one for entrepreneurs and one for corporate/organizational innovators. Each project path offers two options depending on your personal aspirations.


Smith School of Business has been accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the world’s largest business school accreditation body.


Smith School of Business achieved unconditional EQUIS accreditation in 2006 and is a member of EFMD – the European Foundation for Management Development.


Smith School of Business is the Official National Business Education Partner of the Canadian Olympic Team. Learn more

Shari Hughson

Shari Hughson

Shari has led a unique and unconventional life. She’s been an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, social innovator and extreme adventurer. Shari started her first business, We Care Inc at the age of 25 and successfully exited in her 30s. Shari was also a founding partner in 3 more companies, one that became the largest private national health care company in Canada, and two ‘important learning experiences’ that did not fare as well. Shari also created a social innovation program for which she was awarded a National Honour from the First Nations Health Authority, for impacting the mental health of an entire community.

Shari won the CIBC Entrepreneur of the Year award before the age of 30. She sits on several boards and is currently in the process of launching two more startup companies.

She is a competitive adventure racer, travel fanatic, and has pushed her limits in the extreme adventure of living off the land for 7 years with only the bare survival essentials. Shari believes “Innovation is our most important survival instinct and entrepreneurism is a way of life!”