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“I am truly grateful for the opportunity in attending the Summer Institute! The entire experience was phenomenal and well structured. “  Priya S. – SI Participant

“Summer Institute was an amazing opportunity and exceeded all of my expectations.”  Rebeca S. SI Participant

“Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of Seneca HELIX and apply myself in finding innovative solutions to a real world problem.”  Mohammad S. – SI Participant

“I just want to say thank you for this experience at Seneca HELIX. It was a very valuable experience for me. I learned a lot about not only developing a business idea but also presenting it to potential investors. It was a very constructive environment and the interaction between us and the hospital staff, patients and potential investors was invaluable. It helped us understand who we are trying to help and that I think that is the core to every business.”  Ernesto Y. – SI Participant

HELIX Summer Institute 2017

2017 HELIX Summer

"Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) is happy to have partnered with Seneca in the HELIX Summer Institute.  Staff and patients that haven’t always had an outlet to contribute to innovation were engaged. In terms of partnerships, I think it’s great to continue to build relationships between Seneca, Markham, IBM, York Region, and ventureLAB – and this is a unique way of doing that.  MSH has definite interest in a number of the solutions developed.”  Adam Erwood - Manager, Innovation, Markham-Stouffville Hospital – SI Partner

In this rapidly changing business environment, critical-thinking and problem solving are more relevant than ever to pivot quickly and respond to an emerging market demand. Solutions will have to be created for problems that don’t exist currently so the only way to prepare for these changes is to be able think your way through them.

The HELIX Summer Institute program provides these critical-thinking skills, and prepared participants to be flexible and adapt to the ever-changing world of business.

The 2017 HELIX Summer Institute focused on developing solutions to a real life problem being faced by Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH).  Working with our partners, participants followed a 10-day intensive Design Jam, which exposed them to interactive workshops, keynote speeches and mentorship.  Participants used the tools provided in the HELIX Summer Institute to improve the patient experience in Alternative Level of Care (ALC) at MSH. 

Whether participants want to be an entrepreneur or an intrepreneur, the entrepreneurial mindset developed at the HELIX Summer Institute is critical to virtually any industry or enterprise. In just two weeks participants develop their entrepreneurial skills and gain an outstanding experiential experience working with real clients on real business problems. You’ll also have access to some of the best mentors in innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Applications are now open for the 2018 HELIX Summer Institute taking place July 9 to 20th 2018.  Check the HELIX Summer website for more details.

2017 HELIX Summer

William Charnetski – Chief Health Innovation Strategist of Ontario, providing the Keynote address at the HELIX Summer Institute Pitch Event

2017 HELIX Summer

Angelo Del Duca, York Region Angel Investor, mentoring students from the HELIX Summer Institute at the Markham Convergence Center

2017 HELIX Summer

Dr. Arnold speaking with HELIX Summer Institute Participants at Markham Stouffville Hospital

2017 HELIX Summer

Kelly Parke mentoring HELIX Summer Institute Participants at Seneca@York


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