Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award

If you’re a current student at Brock University, you can now start and run your own business for a co-op work term or the summer and earn up to $10,000 to help to grow Niagara’s economy.

This program has now CLOSED, thank you to everyone who applied!

The Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award takes the risk out of meeting your financial obligations while allowing you to pursue an entrepreneurial work term of starting and running your own business. The $10,000 award is given to a student to work on their business venture for a semester long duration.

During your entrepreneurial work term you will:

  • Be provided with support services and workspaces at Venture Development located on campus.
  • Have access to a variety of business startup services, ongoing supervision and mentoring.
  • Have access to full-time Goodman Group – Venture Development administrative support and management staff, and network with some of Niagara’s business leaders.

The Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award is open to all current Brock students inlcuding students from all co-op program majors with any type of business concept. A few exceptions include franchises, distributorships, subsidiaries of existing business, multilevel marketing ventures, and single-event operations. Please note that preference will be given to Brock co-op students and students with good academic standings.


Co-op Students

Please visit your Co-op Job Board on CareerZone for detailed information: Entrepreneurial Co-op Work Term (Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurial Award).

Non Co-op Students

Brock students not enrolled in the Co-op program can apply for the Deborah Rosati E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award for the Spring/Summer Term.

Applications for this program have


Recent Winners of the Deborah E. Rosati Award

Miriam Zine has built an online community of 32,000 followers (@CurlyLifestyles) who celebrate and discuss curly hair care practices.  As a recipient of the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award, Miriam has been developing a seasonal subscription box company for natural hair products. Customers will get their most challenging, common and ridden natural hair questions answered with a solution of products in the box. Her experience working with Venture Development has helped her connect with new collaborations, partnerships and opportunities. Miriam is excited to see what the future holds!

Matt is currently working on his business Caulies. Caulies is a company which sells wearable cauliflower ears for sporting events such as MMA and rugby. Many athletes who participate in these sports have their ears turned into cauliflower ears due to repeated abuse. Caulies aims to be the equivalent to the foam finger but for rougher sports. Matt even plans to sell replica cauliflower ears of fan favourite’s. Just like you might purchase a jersey of you favourite athlete, you would be able to buy replica ears of your favourite fighter or player.

Olivia will be spending the summer of 2017 working on her business, Pupadise, a personalized pet care service in YOUR home. Her business started in June 2015 with the help of a Summer Company grant and continued to operate when the program was over. Olivia is a 3rd year business administration student studying a concentration in Marketing.

Ethan is in his final year of (Hon) BSc. Neuropsychology (Co-op) program and the Founder of LifePoints. During the summer of 2017 as a recipient of the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award working on his business LifePoints. LifePoints is an experience-based point/reward application. The app uses geo-fence technology to know when you are at a fitness facility and rewards you with LifePoints for every moment you spend there working out. These points can be redeemed at partnered businesses for rewards.

“My summer work term has been everything I’ve wanted and more! I have been able to make so much progress on my business but also have been given so many opportunities to network across the province. Before this work term, I was worried that I wouldn’t have the time or the financial stability to make my business successful but now I have been able to finish development of my app, Campus Brainiac, purchase amazing marketing material, and much more all thanks to the Deborah Rosati award. Campus Brainiac’s goal is to make learning that much easier for university and college students and I feel like this award has made running a business that much easier as well.

See more about Campus Brainiac here.

“So far in my summer work term, I have made great progress on my business because of the resources at BioLinc and the financial help of the Deborah Rosati Entrepreneurship award. Coming into this summer, my business was simply an idea. To date I have been able to design one of my potential products using computer software and was able to 3D print this prototype. My summer so far has been very busy and I would not be able to contribute as much time to my business as I am without to the Deborah Rosati award. I have learned so much already and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer and the future has in store!”

Ian Farr received the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award to work on this business venture called INcounter. INcounter is an app that is looking to connect people by proximity-based networking. Since receiving the award, Ian has graduated from Brock University from the Goodman School of Business.

Cole received his award shortly after starting his own Yacht brokerage company, North American Yacht Sales, and used the award money to expand the business. He was able to afford proper advertising and pay for vendor fees at large trade shows. His experience has also opened new opportunities for other ventures he wishes to pursuit.

Find out more about North American Yacht Sales here.

Johnathan has spent his time since receiving the Deborah Rosati award developing Curexe, an online money exchange platform aimed to help small businesses with currency exchange. He has shown great success thus far with an exponentially growing customer base and a highly motivated attitude his company has a bright future ahead.