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MM Community Business Project

The Community Business Project gives not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises access to free consulting projects from teams of bright, creative, and highly motivated Master of Management students.

Organizations get the chance to tackle key challenges, while giving Master of Management students the opportunity to hone their business skills and gain real-world business experience.

Project details:

Typical projects include:

  • Business plans and feasibility studies
  • Fundraising and development initiatives
  • Recruitment and retention strategies
  • Corporate partnership strategies
  • Marketing and social media strategies

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Non-profits
  • Corporations with CSR initiatives or affiliations to social ventures 
  • Charities
  • Environmentally-focused businesses
  • Social enterprises
  • Start-ups with community initiatives/impacts

Past partners include:

  • Mosaic
  • Embers
  • Gordon Neighbourhood House
  • Cheakamus Centre
  • Nada
  • Pedal Society OCB
  • Sky Harvest
  • Spinal Cord Injury BC
  • UBC Farm
  • United Way Lower Mainland
  • Motivate Canada

Applications for next round of Community Business Projects is now open at

  1. Create a project
    Ideal projects are those that have a clear community or social benefit and directly contribute to the students' skill development in areas such as strategy, finance, marketing or human resources.

  2. Complete a proposal form online by October 15, 2017. Proposal applications will open up on September 1.
    While all proposals are greatly appreciated, not all can be selected. Projects are accepted based on a number of criteria, including their relevance to students' skill development and commitment to community enhancement.

Key Session 1 Dates:

September 1, 2017: CBP application opens.

October 15, 2017: Deadline to apply for the Session 1 CBP (Jan-May 2018).

October 15-November 17, 2017: Application evaluation period.

November 20, 2017: Applicants informed of application status and final decision.

December 4, 2017: First client meeting and networking event. Successful applicants must delegate at least 1 representative from their organization to attend a first client meeting with their student team on Dec. 4th, 2017 at UBC campus (Vancouver Point Grey). Successful clients are invited to attend a CBP networking event to mix and mingle with the Master of Management cohort, UBC Sauder staff, Faculty Supervisors, and fellow selected CBP clients on Dec. 4, 2017.

Jan-May, 2018: CBP project period.


Please contact William Pardoe, Coordinator, Student Experience & Careers, at 604.827.5092 or