A $1-million donation from alumnus Ashif Mawji (Computer Systems Technology ’92) and family will help establish the Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship at NAIT. This is the largest gift ever made by an alumnus of the polytechnic.
This Mawji family donation provides seed capital to establish the centre, which is expected to be operational in fall of 2017. Located within the JR Shaw School of Business, the Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship will serve students, staff and faculty from across NAIT.
More specifically, the centre will be a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and new venture learning opportunities. Among other things, students will be able to receive mentorship at the centre from established entrepreneurs.
Mawji – an entrepreneur from a very young age – is a co-founder and key adviser at Trust Science, a new platform and app that calculates the trustworthiness of individuals and businesses. He is also the former CEO and founder of Upside Software, which he sold in 2012. Mawji served on NAIT’s Board of Governors from 2004 to 2010. He was awarded a NAIT honorary Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2017, named one of NAIT’s Top 50 Alumni in 2012 and received the Alumni Award of Distinction in 2003.
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