The TMS Schulich Innovation & Entrepreneurial Experience (TSE) is a collaboration between YSpace at York University, Schulich ExecEd and TMS. This is a unique program that Schulich/YSpace have developed for high-school age students in the independent school system All participants will develop a learner profile portfolio, receive a Schulich certificate and develop connections to academics and practitioners as mentors and resources for potential on-going learning opportunities.
The TSE is open to all current TMS Grade 9 and 10 students and is designed to wrap around in-class work on design thinking, public speaking, inquiry and collaboration. Please note that this is not a “business” course but is one that applies business concepts like branding and market research to social issues to create sustainable social change so our students develop a social entrepreneurial mindset. The benefits of this program are applicable for students interested in exploring any career option whether it be healthcare, law, business, STEM or the arts and in developing soft skills such as collaboration, leadership and resilience.
The TSE is a six month program that has three unique phases: Ideation, Incubation and Immersion. The students take part in a six month program (February to July) that culminates in a two-week immersive experiential application of design and systems thinking to help move a passion project from concept to reality and benefit from a unique opportunity to work with industry experts in an innovative and leading edge university environment. This program builds on the excellent work in the TMS IB programme by taking a deeper dive into topics of relevance to an IB student with a growth mindset.
For 2023, we will continue to use the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/). All students accepted into the program will work in small groups to develop solutions to address this year’s theme: Reduced Inequalities where students can
explore a range of options under this theme including access to healthcare, food insecurity, Indigenous rights, gender issues, environment and the economy.
The Ideation and Incubation phases will run at TMS during the school year and the Immersion phase will take place at Schulich and YSpace. The Immersion phase of the TSE will run July 4-14, 2023.
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What People are Saying About TSE
Lucas Chang, TSE Program Director
TMS has had a culture of innovation for some time. The TSE is another example of how TMS is committed to giving their students opportunities to learn how to solve real world issues. From my experience, TMS is one of the schools at the forefront of offering programs to help students develop the skills that are applicable no matter what career path they choose. The school is a leader in the space of creating future Changemakers.
David Kwok, Associate Director of Entrepreneurship, York University
For Innovation York it is really important to partner with TMS and the Schulich School of Business because it’s an opportunity to take all of our learnings we have had with our entrepreneurs and apply it to the students and support them and help them understand what it’s like to become creative problem solvers.
Sasha D. TSE 2022 Participant
One of the benefits of this program was learning how to work with different people that have different strengths and weaknesses than you and learning how to work as one in a group and coming to solutions together.
Anna Bouzina, Teacher Mentor, TMS
The students come up with the ideas themselves, they drive the ideas themselves, they creatively problem solve solutions driven by their passions all while working in a collaborative team environment.