Mo Akif, Editor-In-Chief, The Dobson Chronicles; Maher Ayari, Program Manager, McGill X-1; Renjie Butalid, Marketing & Operations Advisor, McGill Dobson Centre; Sharanya Venkatesh, Program Coordinator, McGill X-1 and Sarah Barker, Program Relations Coordinator, McGill X-1

John Dobson Foundation donates $2 million to support entrepreneurship at McGill

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce that the John Dobson Foundation has come forward with a $2 million gift to support the McGill X-1 Accelerator as it grows its efforts to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship at McGill.

Celebrating 10 years of the McGill Dobson Cup

Celebrating 10 years of the MDC

Applications now open for 2018 McGill Dobson Cup


McGill Demo Days 2017 – Highlights from Boston, San Francisco, Toronto & NYC


McGill 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 iterative mentorship.

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship coordinates and participates in the following entrepreneurship programs and events.


McGill Dobson Cup

McGill’s flagship annual startup competition where over $100,000 in cash prizes are awarded to startups across four tracks: Social Enterprise, Health Sciences, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise. More about McGill Dobson Cup

X1 Accelerator

An intensive 10-week Summer Program designed to accelerate later stage McGill startups towards investment readiness and launch. Demo Days take place in Montreal, San Francisco, and Boston in the Fall. More about McGill X-1 Accelerator

Lean Startup

A free 10-week program open to all McGill students, alumni, faculty, and staff, that challenges startup teams to test their business ideas and hypotheses outside the classroom using the Lean Startup Methodology. More about McGill Lean Startup

McGill Demo Days

An opportunity for the most promising McGill startups from the McGill Dobson Cup and the McGill X-1 Accelerator to pitch and engage with the global McGill alumni community of successful entrepreneurs, investors and VCs. More about McGill Demo Days

Mission & Values

By fostering the development of McGill entrepreneurs across all faculties, our mission is to be an engine of economic and social value creation for the 21st century. We facilitate the commercialization of knowledge at McGill so as to prepare students, professors, alumni, and colleagues for a positive and purposeful entrepreneurial life.


We act with integrity in accordance with the highest ethical, professional and academic standards. Neither the McGill Dobson Centre nor staff members take a share of, nor an investment in, the ideas of startups being nurtured and guided. We educate and facilitate entrepreneurship in an unbiased manner.


We foster the collaboration of diverse backgrounds and multiple perspectives bringing richness to entrepreneurship that is a reflection of the McGill University community and the society we serve.


We are focused on enriching, engaging, and empowering students, professors, and the McGill community through entrepreneurship learning and development. We work for the betterment of the McGill student body, professors, alumni and colleagues, the communities we serve, and the world.


We strive to provide outstanding mentorship and entrepreneurship courses, professoriate, extracurricular activities, competitions, events, advisors and mentorship.


We aspire to have McGill recognized as an entrepreneurial university that will lead Canada’s innovation agenda. 

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