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Master of Engineering/Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MEEI / MTEI)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Visionary innovators recognize that they can develop their skills in identifying “pain points” in life and guide their teams towards solving them with new products and services.

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Overview

Notice regarding COVID-19: 

As of mid-March, the School of Engineering Practice and Technology is delivering all graduate courses online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will deliver courses online until Ontario Public Health and McMaster University allow in-person programming to resume.

Programs will continue online as long as COVID-19 remains an active pandemic.

If you believe in creating your own job and charting your destiny through innovation, you’ll be at home in our program.

Application Deadlines

September 2021 admissions
Online portal opens Nov.1, 2020

Deadlines for:
Domestic applicants - June 30, 2021
International applicants - May 15, 2021

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)
Please view the per-term fees on https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/fees/graduate/#tab-00

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding to these years. The University reserves the right to correct typographical errors or to adjust the Tuition and Fees schedule at any time it deems necessary.

Is your ambition to forge your own path as a startup founder or launch innovative ventures in an established company? If so, this award-winning graduate degree provides you the skills and support to launch your successful career.

Whether your undergraduate background is in engineering or related STEM subject, or it is in an arts discipline, if you are passionate about technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, you can complete your degree  Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation options.

Develop products or services to better people's lives, create societal impact, and solve global challenges using the expertise you will gain in our program.

You'll be challenged to select your own project, form a team and head out into the world to find mentors, partners and ultimately customers who will validate your ideas and guide the design of your product and business model to maximize its impact.

Our 20-month program was designed to help guide you through the complex, but exciting, process of founding an innovative technology startup.

Our courses and assignments have been designed to guide you through that life-changing journey. A journey from which you'll emerge as an innovator, an entrepreneur and a leader.

After graduation from our program, and sometimes even before, you'll be eligible to continue incubating and growing your young startup at The Forge, McMaster University Incubator.

 

This is a hands-on, project-based master’s degree.

Our unique Tollgate process, composed of three defence-like presentations to a 5-person Enterprise Advisory Committee, ensures that you have effectively applied to your enterprise project the skills and competencies learned in our courses. 

Throughout the 20-month program, you will hone your communication and presentation talent, develop and refine your interpersonal and team dynamics skills and learned how to effectively network and build lasting relationships with the professional community in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area. Skills that will prove invaluable in acquiring Canadian experience and preparing you to integrate into the real world.

An “Academic Incubator.”

Our Master's in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is an incubator for marketable innovations with teaching practices grounded in academic rigour. It’s this approach that won the program the award for Entrepreneurship Education Excellence by the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) in 2016.

Is Eco-Entrepreneurship your aim?

If you're motivated to build a green startup, our course on Total Sustainability Management, will teach you how to embed people, profit and planet into the DNA of your startup guiding your innovation and competitive advantage.

Where do our grads work?

  • 30% continue the venture they started in the program or pivot to develop an even better and more successful one.
  • 70% are hired by established companies and advance into leadership roles where they enhance their company's innovation performance.

“Innovation comes from solving a market need using technology – whether new or existing – in a way that wasn’t possible before.”

—Ahmed Elmeligi, M.E.E.I. '16, CEO of HiNT

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Deadlines

  September 2021 admission
Online portal opens November 1, 2020
May 15, 2021
 - International applicants. 
June 30, 2021 - Domestic applicants.

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

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Application Checklist

Step 1: Click on the link above to open your application with McMaster University. Alternatively, please click here.

Step 2: Answer all application-related questions.

Step 3: Register for your online interview (Kira) and ensure that you complete the $60 payment. Note that the $60 is in addition to your $110 application fee. They are separate charges.

  • The registration and payment link are embedded in your application questions.

Step 4: Gather, and upload all required documents.

  • Your current resume or CV, including academic and professional experience
  • Your clearly written Statement of Interest (This is a letter explaining your interest in the program, at a maximum of 2 pages).
  • Recent IELTS or TOEFL scores (within the last 2 years) required for international students. Minimum IELTS score 6.5 overall (minimum requirement 5.5 in reading and writing and 6 in listening and speaking). Minimum TOEFL score is 88. Note that if your medium of instruction was English and this is documented on your transcripts, you do not need to submit an ELP test.
  • Transcripts from all post secondary institutions you have attended.
  • Please note that all documents must be uploaded before application submission. CV, SOI, IELTS/TOEFL and Transcripts are uploaded in the same section of the application.

Step 5: Add Academic Referee contact information.

  • Contact information for 2 Academic References must be entered in online application. Referees will be contacted via our electronic referencing system
    • Academic references are to come from instructors most familiar with your academic work.
    • In cases where an applicant has been away from academic study for 5 or more years, we will consider one professional reference.
    • Please note that we do not accept reference letters uploaded by the applicant.

Step 6: Pay $110 application fee, and submit application.

  • Only submit your applicationonce all the above documents have been uploaded, you have entered contact information for both academic references, and you have paid your Kira fee.
  • *Applications will not be reviewed unless all items noted above are submitted at the time of application*.

Step 7: Complete your Kira interview.

  • Applicants will be sent a link to complete their Kira interview within one week of application submission and Kira fee payment.
  • Applicants will not receive a link unless they have fully submitted their application, and have submitted the $60 Kira fee payment.

Step 8: You will be contacted if there are any issues with your application. Please do not email about the status of your application. Applicants will be contacted once a decision regarding the application has been made.

  • Please note that if you are accepted to one of our programs, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $500 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable if you withdraw your acceptance.

Important Notes:

  • Applications will not be reviewed until all required documents are uploaded, the referees have responded, and the Kira online interview has been completed. All applications must be completed in full in advance of the application deadlines in order to be considered.
  • Official transcripts are not required unless an applicant is granted an offer of admission. Documentation sent via post will not be considered for your application.
  • Applications will not be considered until we receive copies of transcripts noting grades up to at least Term 7 of your undergraduate studies.

Tuition and Fees:

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $3,240 for each term*
International: $13,000.00 for each term*

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $3,240 for each term*
International: $13,650.00 for each term*

*The program requires 5 terms of full-time study.

The University reserves the right to correct typographical errors or to adjust the Tuition and Fees schedule at any time it deems necessary.

Other Fees:

  • Application Fee: $110.00
  • Online Interview Fee (Kira Talent): $60.00
  • Non-refundable deposit upon acceptance: $500.00

IELTS/TOEFL: International students are required to present a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall (minimum requirements 5.5 in reading and writing and 6 in listening and speaking). Minimum TOEFL score is 88.

Admission Requirements

Students apply with a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) are directed to apply for the Master's in Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (M.E.E.I), while students with a Bachelor in non STEM fields, are encouraged to apply for the Master's in Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (M.T.E.I). 

In addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program, all applicants must hold a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent, with at least a B- average (equivalent to a McMaster 7.0 GPA out of 12) in the final year in all courses in their discipline. 

Candidates must be enrolled on a full-time basis and are expected to complete the degree in 20 consecutive months of study. Students are admitted for September.

Prospective applicants who did not attain the required standing in their undergraduate degree, but who have at least four (4) years of relevant work experience, should discuss their situation with the Program Lead. If the experience is deemed sufficient, the Program Lead may then recommend an interview. Evidence of ability to do graduate work will still be required. (See Sections 2.1.1 Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree and 2.1.5 Admission of Students with Related Work Experience or Course Work beyond the Bachelor’s Degree in the Graduate Calendar.)

McMaster students may receive advanced standing for up to two courses (note that a maximum of two 600-level courses can count towards a SEPT graduate program) with the approval of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

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Student Projects

Bea Alexa Sojor, Emei (Crystal) Tian, Jiayi Miao, Mirabel Ehirim

Program: Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Project name: Tango Buy

Project impact

Tango Buy is a mobile app connecting small scale local farmers and specialty shop owners with customers in larger urban centres. The platform is the result of a team-based project for the Master of Engineering/Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MEEI) program. 

Tango Buy addresses the distribution infrastructure for smaller local producers without the means to get their products to market, and delivers authentic experiences between vendors and clients in the form of a digital farmer’s market. 

The platform’s social component drives community building by encouraging users to interact. Curated supplier profiles drive the feeling of shared experience and exchange between vendor and customer.

The Tango Buy team is engaged with MEEI program instructors and mentors to address the platform’s humanizing elements, developing detailed user maps to show interaction between vendor, consumer, and Tango Buy in the app.

“There is really a lot to say about how the professors helped us. Paul (Chipperton) pressed us to connect with real farmers with real problems. We contacted 400+ suppliers initially and remain connected with 40. We talked to these suppliers and tailored our solution to their needs. It really took us out of our comfort zone.”

The MEEI program’s emphasis on iteration through prototyping, and focus on user-focused engineering design, will ensure that the process of developing Tango Buy is as informative and useful as any success the platform may have.

A UI design prototype for Tango Buy is in its initial stages, with a full prototype to follow closer to project completion.


Michelle Ragany, Nazli Bostandoust, and Ruben Biack

Program: Master of Technology Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Project name: Kinisi Technologies 

Project impact

In the sport of rowing, posture is strongly correlated to performance. Kinisi Technologies, incubated in the MTEI program, improves the performance of elite rowers by helping them to understand key movements in relation to their posture. Measurement occurs via a non-intrusive device on the athlete’s body that is linked to a mobile application. 

The team hopes that successfully piloting Kinisi Technologies in the sport of rowing will allow its data-powered telemetric technology to be adapted to a range of other sports. 

The project aims to improve the quality of athlete performance and wellbeing through an unintrusive device linked to an app. In rowing, posture is strongly correlated to performance, and the team aims to help athletes understand their movement with each stroke. After supporting rowers with their performance, they hope to branch into other sports to provide athletes with data powered improvement. They will continue to develop the startup in the Forge Startup Survivor Program

Preparing for success

Michelle Ragany

The MTEI program’s emphasis on technical skills and knowledge is a perfect complement to Michelle’s business education. The program’s startup-style learning environment encourages Michelle and her team to actualize their technology and further develop Kinisi Technologies as a business. 

“The advisors that support the student teams are knowledgeable and provide support and guidance along the development stage. We are presented with opportunities to secure funding for our ventures, and overall I feel the experience will allow us to successfully launch our startup.”

Nazli Bostandoust

Nazli enjoys the MTEI program for its focus on working towards entering the real business world, and with having the support from  mentors and advisors. The opportunity to participate in different pitch competitions and establishing Kinisi Technologies as a real company is an exciting process.

Ruben Biack

Ruben appreciates that the MTEI program is providing him with new skills for working within the technology sector. He is gaining a greater understanding of the many nuances that come with working in a real business environment. Coming from a business program, all the work he conducted was theoretical.

"This program is allowing me to gain greater insight into what it takes to be an entrepreneur entering the industry."


Yara Abdeen, Krutartha Joshi, Omkar Kelkar, and Faizaan Shaikh

Program: Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Project name: TaleTeller 

Project impact

Yara’s TaleTeller project emerged from a brainstorming workshop held in the early days of her time in the MEEI program. The TaleTeller platform helps people document their life stories and share the resulting book with loved ones. 

After formally pitching TaleTeller in class, Yara recruited three classmates to her team. Her partners proved pivotal to the platform’s success, bringing a diversity of ideas and experiences to the incubation process.

Following multiple iterations, TaleTeller launched as a website that lets clients interact with a staff of writers and designers. Long term, the group hopes for an app that connects with smart home assistants that enable dictation and collation for the more elderly among its authours. 

Preparing for success

MEEI program professors guided Yara and her team through the startup process. They provided continuous mentorship for the group, and helped them to build an entrepreneurial toolkit that included networking with like-minded people. 

“The MEEI program was also very helpful in helping us establish connections with professionals and experts in the field,” says Yara.

Yara will graduate from the MEEI program in 2021. In addition to working on advancing TaleTeller’s technology and connecting with investors, she works at Al Nayzak- a science and innovation lab.

 

Past Ventures & Alumni

This program focuses on building your capacity to add value to society and communities. You may see your community as local or global; no matter the scale, however, you're not on a solo journey.

Past Ventures

HiNT

Founded by Ahmed Elmeligi while he completed his Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation, this company is developing systems based on machine learning to improve outcomes in healthcare. They are getting traction with their Kairos product, a system that leverages data analytics and machine learning to assist with earlier diagnosis, while seamlessly transmitting patient vitals to the emergency room while still in the ambulance. HiNT is also developing a wearable device that aims to get faster and more effective treatment for outpatients who have suffered a transient ischemic attack and are at higher risk for a full stroke.

Visit HiNT's Website

Blue Orchid Care Inc.

Their first product, the ORCHIDLift is designed to assist caregivers looking after individuals who require mobility support. It’s a fully mechanical device that aids with transfer, restorative care, support and lifting. Graduate of the MEEI program, Sina Afshani, founded Blue Orchid Care Inc. He was inspired to create simple and innovative solutions for the challenges faced by caregivers every day, including family, nurses and personal support workers – in a package that is compact and affordable, yet rivals the heavy and expensive equipment found in hospitals.

Visit Blue Orchid's Website

EcoP

Founders Rucha Kolte, Ali Awais Amin and Happy Patel, created EcoP to provide a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic promotional materials. So, they created the EcoPen, EcoPencil and more. They also aim to include a surprise in many of their products – plant seeds that can grow basil, clover or wildflowers after the product has been used.

Visit EcoP's Website

Other Notable Alumni

  • Jesika Briones - Senior Manager, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, MaRS Discovery District
  • Emad Saif - Founder, Play Meetup and Lecturer & Entrepreneurship Trainer at Qatar University
  • Mercedes England - Senior Process Analyst, Continuous Improvement, City of Guelph

Program Structure

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Skills Development

Six compulsory enterprise modules will focus on providing the Master's degree candidate basic skills to select an idea with good potential, manage the innovation process, then create and manage the business outcome. The skills will broadly cover all the business life cycle from start, growth and sustainability. 

Each module is considered the equivalent of a half-course as defined by the School of Graduate Studies, but will contain elements of lecture, group work, presentation and other activities as defined in the course outline. The module courses will be delivered in an intensive format.

The core module courses are:

  • SEP 6E03 / Entrepreneurial Opportunity Identification (Term 1)
  • SEP 773 / Leadership for Innovation (Term 1)
  • SEP 753 / Enterprise Opportunity Development (Term 2)
  • SEP 770 / Total Sustainability Management (Term 2)
  • SEP 790 / Proof-of-Concept Studio (Term 3) 
  • SEP 755 / Business Launch and Development (Term 4)

Students are also required to complete successfully two single-term elective courses (6 units total) from the list of 600 or 700 level courses in the graduate course calendar.

All full-time candidates are required to successfully complete:

  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I (Term 1)
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part II (Term 2)
  • SEP 772 / Innovation Studio (Term 1) 

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology strives to offer a full complement of courses every academic year; some of the course listed here are currently being reviewed. Their offering is subject to the pending internal approval.

Enterprise Project

The Enterprise Project will run throughout the entire study period and will result in both a business and a viable Proof-of-Concept defined as the combination of (i) a technical plan for an engineering prototype product (ideally with an actual prototype device or software produced) plus (ii) an identified customer base and a plan outlining the way to commercialization. The project will bring together the two complementary streams of activities, one technical and the other commercial, to bring an idea to the proof of concept phase. The Entrepreneurial course stream, which will run coincidentally with the advanced engineering or technology studies, will guide the technological work performed in the research laboratory so that the concept becomes, by the end of the degree, the nucleus of a business proposition. The Enterprise Project will have three phases, which will end with project gate assessments to determine the project's readiness to proceed to the next phase:

Phase 1 - Project Preparation

Market research to arrive at a proposed product or service with clear value proposition; define the market for the intended product or service revealing competitive threat, opportunities, and margins and volumes projections; draw up development plans for the product or service indicating the required resources and estimated investment cost; seek the resources within the university and without; build a team of support that might include a partner.

Phase 2 - Technical Research and the Development of the Prototype

Develop an engineering research plan, identifying key issues and opportunities (with the assistance of academic technical and business supervisors); conduct technical research and development; implement the engineering research plan within the research group in the host-engineering department; build a development network within the engineering research community; ready the technology for transfer to market; conduct initial market engagement to get customer feedback and reactions.

Phase 3 - Technology Transfer to Market

Apply for IP protection if applicable; develop a path-to-market strategy; develop a business case; seek out financing and explore business arrangements; plan for business start-up. Each phase has two equally important components, one technical and the other business:

The Phase 3 evaluation will be a defence of your project in an oral examination to your board (enterprise advisor, second faculty member, business mentor, technical mentor and chair). Candidates are required to complete and pass through each phase in order to graduate.

Leadership Skill Development and the Enterprise Project

The ability to effectively work in a team environment is an important learning outcome of team-based project work on the Enterprise project. The MEEI and MTEI programs use a confidential service to provide each individual with personalized performance feedback from their peers on a periodic basis. Approaches to improving ones own performance include mentoring and guidance by their Enterprise Advisor.

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Partners & Facilities

Partners

Mentorship is core to the Master of Engineering/Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation curriculum. 

Early in the program, you will be expected to find your own mentors from the local business community and develop a working relationship with them. They would help you by sharing insights through your business development process. It's a formal relationship that includes a clearly written agreement - your mentors will also become part of your project review committee.

The Forge is the Startup Incubator for McMaster University and Hamilton Region. 

The ME/TEI program has a close relationship with The Forge, and they are counted as one of the community resources available to our students. They host events and facilitate networking opportunities that students are able to attend. The Forge is located inside the McMaster Innovation Park.

Visit The Forge >>

The McMaster Innovation Park is a co-location facility for startups and businesses that are working to commercialize innovative products and services. 

The MIP also hosts events and networking opportunities open to students. Many of the businesses that were born of the ME/TEI program secured their footings working from the MIP. Those that continued to grow graduated to their own facilities from here.

Visit McMaster Innovation Park >>

European Innovation Academy

EIA presents an incredible opportunity for selected students to join fellow entrepreneurs from around the world in Portugal or Calgary in Summer 2020, and spend an intensive period of time developing innovative ideas with global teams. 

Read more about the European Innovation Academy on their website >>

Facilities

Early design stages prototyping lab (ETB 539) 

Here, you’ll find tools for 3D-conceptual prototyping with simple materials like cardboard, foamcore, paper, and modelling clay, and other similar materials that are easy to work with using tools like markers, craft knives, glue and tape.

Rapid Prototyping lab (ETB 122) 

When it comes time to create a more resilient prototype, this room is equipped with 3D printers and machining equipment like milling machines and lathes. You will develop your skills and comfort working with these tools to make your design vision into an operational prototype in metal or plastic.

Virtual Reality Lab (ETB 534)

When the best way to prototype something is virtual, use this lab to craft and explore your idea in virtual reality. This lab is accessible to graduate students in the M.E/T.E.I., M.Eng.Design programs in the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. The lab is equipped with workstations and VR headsets to use for developing and reviewing your work.

CAD/CAM computing network

Laptops are great for portable productivity, but they're not as powerful as a dedicated workstation for complex design work. The W Booth School of Engineering Technology and Practice has implemented an advanced mainframe configured to do the "heavy lifting" of CAD/CAM computing. While connected to the network, you are able to work on your own laptop while offloading much of the processing workload to the powerful server computer.

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