SIGMA will help you learn the craft of entrepreneurship and technological innovation. It is led by Tate N. Cao, Assistant Professor, La Borde Chair in Engineering Entrepreneurship, College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan.

When you bring your proof-of-concept or ready-to-market technology to SIGMA, we will help you investigate its viability by identifying an initial market, defining and building the right product and securing customers or partners.

USask SIGMA leverages a unique systematic approach to build the human capacity in you - the company founders – while supporting you and removing financial barriers.

Who should apply?

SIGMA is for current USask students. This means any undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in a degree or certificate program. If you graduated in June 2021 you are considered a current student.

Your team must have at least two members and no more than five. All should be founders or founder-level (owning 20 percent or more of the company).

Your team must be an early-stage venture that is solving a real-world problem using innovative solutions at the ISC Technology Readiness Level Scale of 7 or higher.

Please note SIMGA is a capstone program designed for teams who have been working on their idea-stage venture for two to six months before applying and who have shown passion and commitment for moving their ideas forward.

If you are just starting to explore entrepreneurship, take a look at our academic courses:

GE490 (Innovation Speaker Series)

GE431 (Innovation Product and Venture Creation)

GE495 (Innovation Design Capstone)

You can also check out our Technological Innovation Certificate. There are also workshops on entrepreneurship offered throughout the academic year.