Now in its fourth year, the J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship’s (TME) Summer Institute program at University of New Brunswick brings together young entrepreneurs for three months of turning their vision into a livelihood.

Now midway through the Fredericton-based program, this year’s participants include eight businesses and 10 participants. Program manager Melissa Erin O’Rourke says 113 businesses from 14 different countries applied for the program this year, the most applications they’ve ever had.

“One of the reasons I think this group is so unique is that there is such a mix of folks participating,” O’Rourke says. “Each entrepreneur has a very different background, passion and direction they want to take their business. It makes for an exciting and incredibly creative environment.”

O’Rourke says 60 per cent of their participants this year are female, an increase from the program’s track record of 40 per cent female participation, a number she says this is double the industry average for accelerators. . . . 

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