About The Imagination Catalyst

We provide business development guidance and support for professional artists as well as maker-based, design-focused start-up entrepreneurs. Our goal is to apply design thinking to make lives better, create richer cultural experiences and bring leading-edge innovations to market.

You are:

Imagination Catalyst - StudentYou are a current student.

Do you dream of working for yourself after graduation? Are you interested in commercializing your major research project? Would you like to develop some business skills to ensure the success of your future professional practice?

Whether you’re just curious about self-employment or determined to build a successful business, we can help.

  • Enroll in the Minor in Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation.
  • Visit the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers for one-on-one advising, workshops, and to learn about opportunities just as freelance projects or cool student entrepreneurship programs such as NEXT36, Summer Company and Studio Y.
  • Join the Grind. OCAD University’s student entrepreneurship club hosts an annual business boot camp for artists and designers, as well as lots of networking opportunities.
  • Check out OCAD U’s Student Gallery for opportunities to show and sell your work.

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Imagination Catalyst - TeacherYou are a faculty member interested in commercializing your research.

Contact OCAD U’s Research Office to disclose your research findings and to discuss commercialization strategies.



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Imagination Catalyst - Professional ArtistYou are an OCAD U alumnus or creative-sector professional.

Do you wish it were easier to manage your professional practice? Could you use a refresher course to help market your services more effectively? Do you need design talent for your expanding team?

OCAD U’s Office of Continuing Studies offers a business certificate for creative sector professionals in addition to its many studio and technical courses. Register today to brush up your creative business skills.

If you’re interested in adding a designer to your team, the Talent Network is the place to find an OCAD U student or alumnus with exactly the skills you need.

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