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The Capstone Experience

 

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This unique program offers students an opportunity to provide real-world consulting services to a host business or organization located within the Durham Region or around the world. Selected students will apply theory and concepts learned in-class to actual business issues and provide critical analyses that deliver sound strategies and recommendations.

Host businesses or organizations come from a pool of various industries ranging from gaming to internet securities to financial services, and each provides different consulting opportunities as long as they meet the criteria as prescribed by the Faculty of Business and Information Technology (FBIT).

How Capstone works

The Capstone Study Project provides students who have successfully completed two years of study and achieved a cumulative 3.0 GPA (B average) with opportunities to develop a comprehensive understanding of the technology, environment, markets and operations of a real organization through application of theory and knowledge learned.

Based on a best-fit model, as a member of a selected student team you will:

  • Study a real business or organization.
  • Complete a comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the business issue.
  • Develop suitable recommendations that solve and/or address a particular problem or group of problems.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are required to present their recommendations and ideas to a panel of their peers to receive a final grade.

What's in it for you?

The value and benefit both students and businesses receive through participation of this intense project-based program has grown exponentially over the last 10 years since the inception of the Capstone program.

We can proudly say that a few of our host clients have hired past student participants based on performance, idea-generation and outcome of the various consulting projects, doubling the impact and the increasing number of notable potential business applicants.

An unconventional business partnership approach

Since its inception in 2008, the Capstone program has grown exponentially; more than 80 organizations have collaborated with us, including a nice blend of non-profit, startups and notable organizations offering a wide range of projects in industries such as:

Gaming and techology:

  • 360 Insights
  • Datarisk Canada
  • Digistruction
  • geekspeak Commerce
  • Hexyoo Scientific Inc.
  • KnowledgeFlow

Non-profit:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Canadian Civil Liberties
  • Feed the Need Durham
  • GIRL Talk Empowerment
  • Mentally Charged
  • Spark Angel Network

Commerce and financial:

  • AWCUU Financial
  • Bryson Insurance
  • GE Aviation
  • GM Company
  • IntriEnergy Canada
  • Royal Bank

Government and institutions:

  • City of Markham
  • City of Peterborough
  • CNIB
  • Downtown Oshawa BIA
  • Durham Regional Police Service
  • Lakeridge Health
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