Dr. Brent Mainprize

Dr. Brent Mainprize
Teaching Professor


BEd, University of Saskatchewan; MBA, University of Victoria; PhD, School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Office: BEC 224


  • Entrepreneurial business plans
  • New venture creation
  • Entrepreneurship
As an educator, Brent is a Teaching Professor at the University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business where he teaches Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Over the years he has taught over 100 Entrepreneurship courses to 4,000 students in Canada, Italy, Australia, Scotland, Taiwan, Denmark, and United States.
As an entrepreneur, Brent raised venture capital and commercialized technology and intellectual property in the areas of telecommunications and software. Brent was a judge for CBC’s Dragon’s Den regional screening of entrepreneurs. Brent was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” visionary on Vancouver Island.
Brent has written over 70 entrepreneurial business plans and Strategic Plans, evaluated over 700 plans and taught and coached over 1,000 entrepreneurs, executives and managers.
Brent has deeply engaged with many First Nation Communities in Northwest BC since 1999. He has worked extensively on economy prosperity initiatives, entrepreneurship training, and sustainable employment planning and strategies for the Nisga’a Lisims Government (post-Treaty). Brent had the honour to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nisga’a Commercial Group (2006-2012). Over the past 14 years, Brent was pleased to facilitate various sessions on Aboriginal economic development and Aboriginal entrepreneurship in 17 of the North Coast communities.
Brent has had the privilege to be invited into the Aboriginal Communities in Northwest BC to help design two unique programs.  (1) Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs program (www.nwace.ca) and (2) Canadian Aboriginal Management Program (www.nwcamp.ca).  Both of these programs are a partnership between Tribal Resource Investment Corporation (www.tricorp.ca) and UVic’s Gustavson School of Business.
He has held entrepreneurial management positions in the telecommunications high tech sector and continues to balance academic and new venture pursuits. Brent has secured venture capital as an entrepreneur and as a consultant helping high growth companies. As a management consultant, Brent has helped high growth companies secure large private equity placements, prepared for acquisition, and developed a variety of financial models and marketing solutions.
Brent holds an MBA from the University of Victoria with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and new venture start up. He also holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for his focus on Entrepreneurial Business Planning and Private Equity Investment Evaluation.

Mainprize, B., Dorofeeva, N., & Hindle K. (2009). Venture Intelligence: How smart investors and entrepreneurs evaluate new ventures (2009 Ed.). Canada.

Mainprize, B. & Hindle, K. (2007). The Benefit: a well-written entrepreneurial business, plan is to an entrepreneur what a midwife is to an expecting mother. Journal of Private Equity, 11(1), 40-52.

Hindle, K. & Mainprize, B. (2006). A systematic approach to writing and rating entrepreneurial business plans. Journal of Private Equity, 10(2), 7-22.

Mainprize, B. & Barry, B. (2007). The Ben Barry agency: Changing the face of fashion. In Solomon M.R., Stuart, G.W., Smith, J.B., Charlebois, S. & Marando, M. (2007). Marketing: Real People, Real Decisions, Third Canadian Edition. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada.

  • Award of Excellence in Innovation, Gustavson School of Business - 2014
  • Award of Excellence in Teaching, Gustavson School of Business - 2014
  • 2014 Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning
  • Startup Canada's 2014 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year
  • Top 40 Under 40 for Education (Vancouver Island)
  • Dr. Gerry Kelly, Outstanding Teaching Award, Royal Roads University
  • Outstanding Student Award, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Entrepreneurship

Supporting Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurs

To introduce more aboriginal youth to the idea of individual entrepreneurship, Dr. Brent Mainprize piloted an entrepreneurship camp for Nisga’a youth. “It’s
an exciting time in First Nation’s history,” says Mainprize, assistant professor, entrepreneurship at UVic Business. “Through the treaty process they are gaining control of their land, natural resources and money, and with that comes all sorts of entrepreneurial opportunities.”

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