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"There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you."
―Richard Branson
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Model / Approach

Our ApproachThe Pond-Deshpande Centre believes that coupling innovative new ideas with deep, relevant, contextual knowledge significantly increases the probability of creating sustainable, scalable high-impact enterprises.

For market-driven solutions, connecting innovators and new ideas to practical, real-world experts, that provide deep relevant domain knowledge, helps guide the idea to successful market adoption sooner. For efforts addressing social issues, partnering champions, who have a passionate understanding of a relevant social issue, with expertise in appropriate business and technology solutions helps accelerate the creation of scalable and sustainable solutions that have significant social impact. The Pond-Deshpande Centre helps encourage the building of entrepreneurial ecosystems that enable these connections between innovative ideas and relevant expertise. The Pond-Deshpande Centre supports many of these activities at universities as they provide the greatest potential for new ideas, represent a dynamic pool of youthful resources, and play a critical role in building the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders.

Spreading the Entrepreneurial Mindset: To increase awareness and to strengthen knowledge and skills capacity for entrepreneurial and leadership development.

Convening and Networking: To nurture and facilitate ties between individuals and organizations and to showcase successful endeavours. This approach provides a new paradigm to accelerate innovation from idea to implementation by providing constant contextual feedback and by increasing the probability of creating solutions with significant social or market impact.

Community engagement: To increase sharing of information, good practices, and other resources; encourage mentoring, and to develop socially responsible leadership.

Growing Startups and Local Business: To help jumpstart projects where an investment might enable individuals and organizations to achieve critical milestones on their path towards self-sustainability and scalability.

Recent News

  • May, 1018

    NouLAB Helps Citizens Develop Solutions to Retention & Immigration Challenges

    The Pond-Deshpande Centre’s Social Innovation Lab, NouLAB, Helps Citizens Develop Solutions to Complex Problems such as the Attraction & Retention of Newcomers to New Brunswick. […]

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  • Mar, 2918

    The Hubballi Diaries: Student Ambassador Victoria Fowler discovers a new path

    Written by Tiziana Zevallos Victoria Fowler’s entrepreneurial journey began after seeing a poster from the PDC Student Ambassador Program last fall that said ‘do you […]

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