Algonquin College

Business - Management and Entrepreneurship


Thrive with a challenging and rewarding career as an entrepreneur.
The two-year Business - Management and Entrepreneurship Ontario College Diploma program provides you with the knowledge and skills for a successful career in management or ownership of a small or medium-sized enterprise.
This program has a strong focus on business trends, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and innovation in a digital economy. It encourages your creativity, strategic thinking and originality, as you cultivate the skills to start up and run a small business.
Explore your talents and creativity through hands-on projects that can be customized to your interests. Learn about business concepts and how to:

develop a good business idea
create a business model
validate your business through market research
manage people and resources
understand financial information
gain customer attention and sell
create a digital presence
launch a business
Create a start-up idea that you develop and enhance throughout the program. Complete multiple team-based projects, including the creation of an online store as well as the presentation of a comprehensive business plan.
Our campus is the ideal place for an entrepreneur. Program faculty include entrepreneurs and business owners who continue to keep up with trends in their areas of specialization. You have access to the Discovery, Applied Research and Entrepreneurship (DARE) District and our entrepreneurship and innovation centre. Activities such as the AC Market, B-ME Grill and Wolves Den provide you with opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning. You will benefit from our partnership with Shopify, which provides free access to a world-class e-commerce platform to create and launch your business during the course of your studies.
Students also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term (see Additional Information for more details). Please note that places in the co-op work term are subject to availability and academic eligibility. Please note admission to the co-op program does not guarantee a co-op placement.
Upon graduation, you are ready for a variety of career paths. You may start a business, manage an existing business, continue your education or find a career in:

digital marketing
visual merchandising
store planning
professional sales
social media
marketing research
customer service and management
NOTE: Students complete levels 01 and 02 in year one, followed by a mandatory one-semester break, then complete levels 03 and 04 in year two. See Additional Information for details regarding program progression.
This program is well-suited for students who:

Want to control their destiny and start a small-to-medium-sized business.
Are interested in leveraging their entrepreneurial spirit to manage an existing business.
Learn in an environment that encourages the generation of new ideas.
Strive to become strategic thinkers and find better ways of doing things.
Get the job done by being proactive.
Are interested in being a part of a like-minded group of students and faculty that helps them achieve their goals.

Program Duration:
2 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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