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"I think of my failures as a gift. My experience is that we learn much more from failure than we do from success."
―A.G. Lafley, CEO P&G
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About

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

  • Nov, 1718

    Gerry Pond Appointed to the Order of Canada

    Today, our co-founder, Gerry Pond, was appointed to the Order of Canada by Her Excellency The Right Honourable Julie Payette at the Investiture Ceremony at Rideau […]

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  • Nov, 1318

    More students & entrepreneurs in the Atlantic Region are inspired by our annual Boston Ecosystem Tour.

    On November 1st, 70 Atlantic Canadians, including 14 guests from Memorial University in Newfoundland, made the journey to the bustling hub of Boston, Massachusetts.  An […]

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