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Our Mission

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship was established in 1988 and has established itself as the hub of entrepreneurial activity at McGill University. Our mission is to support McGill entrepreneurs as they seek to build innovative companies with a purpose.

About the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has grown considerably since its founding in 1988 under the late John Dobson, BCom’64, a known advocate for free enterprise and entrepreneurship. The Foundation has continued to offer financial support to advance the Centre's efforts, including a $2 million gift to support the McGill X-1 Accelerator in 2017. 

Others in the community have also stepped up to support the Dobson Centre's programs and initiatives, including Mr. Avrum Morrow, Mastercard Foundation, Murdoch Family, National Bank, Interac and many others.

The Dobson Centre has been recognized for its commitment and excellence by securing a spot in UBI Global’s Top 20 University Business Incubators for 2019–20.


409Active Startups
5,900+new jobs created
$770 Million

raised by our startups


10,000+highly engaged members in our ecosystem
10McGill Faculties


23universities represented
40%co-/founded by women 

Updated: July 2020



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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