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Summer Catalyst


Summer Catalyst is a 10-week online accelerator program that will build your entrepreneurial leadership skills and knowledge, provide resources, tools, and expert connections, and help you move your business forward. This program shares specific elements in common with the Summer Venture Program, but it is delivered online. Entrepreners will set goals with their dedicated advisors, practice their pitches in Hot Seat sessions, develop skills in workshops, and expand their networks.

Summer 2021

Throughout the summer, you will work with your dedicated advisor, learn from expert speakers, engage with your peers, and participate in skill-building workshops, Hot Seat pitching sessions, office hours, and much more. The programming will leverage all of the resources and expertise of the Blank Center.

  • Monday, May 17 - Friday, July 23
  • Programming will take place Monday - Thursday, between the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Option to earn academic credit

Info Sessions

Join our online info sesssions to learn more about the 2021 Summer Catalyst program and the application process. 


Thank You

The 2020 Summer Catalyst program was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and donors.


Molson Foundation

The Molson Foundation brings together community organizations and institutions from across Canada to shape innovation and create lasting change for the benefit of society. By focusing our impact on the areas of education, health, the arts and humanities, we draw on history to better the future.

Ace & Company

ACE & Company (ACE), founded in 2005, is a global investment management group specialized in direct investments. ACE is uniquely positioned to understand the needs and challenges facing private investors today and provide unparalleled access to quality opportunities across the direct investment ecosystem. By combining in-house team capabilities with specialized partners, ACE is able to source, perform due diligence, and execute on superior investment opportunities across five continents. The flexible investment platform offers diverse portfolios across the stages of the investment life cycle from early, growth, to mature. The ACE team prides themselves in actively partnering with stakeholders to meet specific investment criteria and objectives and aims to actively improve investment returns by adding strategic value to both its portfolio companies as well as sourcing partners by leveraging its broad investment knowledge. ACE is regulated by the Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in Switzerland.

Generous Gifts From:

Anthony R. Chiasson ’95

Kevin A. Colleran ’03 H’15