About the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is the hub of entrepreneurial activity at McGill University. Our mission is to find, teach, and develop world-class entrepreneurs at McGill. We support our students, faculty, and alumni through tailored education, applied entrepreneurial frameworks, and interative mentorship.

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship was established in 1988 thanks to a generous contribution from the John Dobson Foundation, which has continued to offer financial support to advance our efforts.

Since 2009, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at the Desautels Faculty of Management has accomplished the following:

  • 1,000 startup teams mentored through our annual startup competition, the McGill Dobson Cup 

  • 133 startups are still active today

  • $500K in total initial funding provided to McGill startups via the McGill Dobson Cup 

  • 18 founders participated in the second cohort of the McGill X-1 Accelerator program 

  • $75K initial funding provided to startups in the McGill X-1 Accelerator program

  • 1,000 jobs created to date

  • $35M raised by our startups to date which is 70x the initial funding provided

  • 87 Judge-mentors involved and highly engaged with the McGill Dobson Cup, most of whom are McGill alumni (based in Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, New York City, Boston, and London).

  • Over 2,200 McGill students mentored to date

  • 30 student entrepreneurship ambassadors across faculties (2015-present)

  • 27 events held in 2015 - 2016 led by Student Executive Team