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What we're about

Your stepping stone to creating your own opportunities.

Introduced in 2017, the Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship aims to build entrepreneurship into the DNA of NAIT. Our centre is a student-centric movement that promotes an environment of creativity and entrepreneurial thinking.

Whether you're a student looking to start your own business, take over a business, or  create change within an existing organization – we have the advice to help you grow.

Our Resources

Past event recordings

Visit our YouTube channel for past recordings of some of our amazing speakers. 

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Open studies in entrepreneurship

Interested in taking entrepreneurship and innovation courses? Many of our credit courses are available for individuals to take without formal admission into a program. Evening, weekend or online, there are many courses that benefit aspiring entrepreneurs.  

Open Studies Courses


Tune into Let's Do Coffee where we interview local entrepreneurs, either student or alumni, about their ventures into entrepreneurship.

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The Mawji Family

The Mawji Family

Ashif Mawji (Computer Systems Technology ’92) and his family made the largest donation from an alumnus in NAIT’s history to establish the Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship. Ashif  attended NAIT before going on to become one of the city’s most successful entrepreneurs, founding a series of IT companies, including Upside Software, which he sold in 2012.

 “The entrepreneurial spirit in Edmonton, I think, has a lot to do with NAIT. I found that at NAIT everybody was really creative, very innovative, and very much thinking about what the market needs."   – Ashif Mawji

Be Inspired

Fresh perspectives, new ideas and real talk. Get to know the people behind the business.

Be Engaged

Join us at our dynamic speaker series, join a competition or find out more about mentorship. It's free for NAIT students!

Be Connected

Plug into our valuable networks of students, alumni entrepreneurs and business leaders. Sometimes the right introduction is all you need.