Inspiring innovative alumni to dream big and keep trying

The ThresholdImpact UAlberta Venture Mentoring Service Annual Report is now available online (linked in this post).

The University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Service is run by the University of Alberta Alumni Association and provides support to alumni, faculty and staff through group mentorship. Through the program, startup teams are matched with a group of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Working with these highly experienced mentors cultivates strong business leaders, who can grow their ventures — and their impact on the world. The program is built upon and licensed from the VMS model initially founded at MIT in 2000.

The impact for University of Alberta entrepreneurs is about to get much bigger, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Ray Muzyka, ’90 BMedSc, ’92 MD, and Leona De Boer, ’91 BSc(AgBus), who have donated a material gift to the university to support mentorship, training and the VMS program.

To honour the donation from De Boer and Muzyka, the U of A program is now called the ThresholdImpact University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Service. The couple founded ThresholdImpact, an angel investment company focusing on impact investments in disruptive information technology, new media and medical innovations with social entrepreneurs who are passionate and capable.

“The mission of the VMS program is to develop, empower and inspire U of A alumni to become successful entrepreneurs and leaders,” says Sean Price, associate vice-president of Alumni Relations. “This generous gift will enable us to expand the breadth of the program and support more entrepreneurs.”

Visit the ThresholdImpact University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Service website to learn more about applying for mentorship or becoming a mentor.

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