New centre at Queen’s to support business endeavors

Merger between the Centre for Business Venturing and the Centre for Social Impact

Image by: Herbert Wang
The centre launched on Sept. 19.

Two of the largest centres at Smith have joined forces.

Under the directorship of Elspeth Murray, Smith merged the Centre for Business Venturing and the Centre of Social Impact into the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Impact (CEISI). To launch the centre, the Smith School of Business is inviting students, community members, and industry partners to participate in professional panels and networking functions during a week-long launch. Events kicked off at Goodes Hall on Sept. 16.

Murray has been at Queen’s since 1996. She founded the Smith Centre for Business Venturing and served for 10 years as the Associate Dean (MBA and Master’s Programs) at Smith.

Every night this week the launch is offering events including music and art at local venues, showcasing Kingston’s homegrown artists. The launch week will end with the Fall Music Festival.

Over the weekend, the CEISI hosted a pitch competition for students. Career fairs and speaker panels will continue throughout the week.

Representatives for the CEISI didn’t respond to The Journal’s request for comment sent through Queen’s University’s Central Communications Office in time for publication.

CEISI’s mission is to support new business ventures, invest in innovation, provide business leaders with support, and encourage research and engagement in the field of social impact and business innovation, according to their website.

Centres funded by Smith conduct research about business applications and partnerships. On the student side, they further promote students’ business education in niche areas.

Merging the Business Venture and Social Impact Centres, CEISI recognizes social change impacts the ways in which big and small business professionals go about operations.

CEISI is set to host events such as “People Creating Possibilities & Prosperity” panel on Sept. 19 and an “Ignition Café” discussion on Sept 21.


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