Dr. Brent Mainprize

Dr. Brent Mainprize
Position
Teaching Professor

Credentials

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

Contact
Office: BEC 224

Expertise

  • Entrepreneurial business plans
  • New venture creation
  • Entrepreneurship

As an educator, Brent is an award winning Teaching Professor at the University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business where he teaches Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Indigenous Entrepreneurship.

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 personally written over 70 entrepreneurial business plans and strategic plans, evaluated over 700 plans. He has taught and coached over 5,000 students, entrepreneurs, executives and managers in in Canada, Italy, Australia, Taiwan, Denmark, and United States.

Brent has deeply engaged with many Indigenous Communities in British Columbia 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 17 years, Brent was pleased to facilitate various sessions on Aboriginal economic development and Aboriginal entrepreneurship in over 45 Indigenous communities in British Columbia. 

Brent was invited by Tribal Resource Investment Corporation (www.tricorp.ca) co-create and become the Program Director of the Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs program (www.nwace.ca).  This unique program helps revive and enhance entrepreneurial capacity of Indigenous People by delivery the program in community. The NW-ACE program has helped give birth to many Indigenous owned businesses and has been recognized with a number of International and National awards.

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 with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and new venture start up. He also earned 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.

Articles and Books:

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.

Mainprize, B. and Hindle, K. (2005) Assessing the Efficacy and Standardization Potential of Five Competing Venture Capital Investment Evaluation Approaches. Journal of Private Equity: 9(1). Winter 2005.

Mainprize, B. and Hindle, K. (2003) Is The Quality of Entrepreneurial Business Plans Related to the Funding Decision?. Abstract published in Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2003 edition.

Mainprize, B., Hindle, K., Smith, B., and Mitchell, R. (2003) Caprice Versus Standardisation in Venture Capital Investment. Journal of Private Equity: 7(1) Winter 2003.

Mainprize, B., Hindle, K., Smith, B., and Mitchell, R. (2002) Towards the Standardisation of Venture Capital Investment Evaluation: Decision Criteria for Rating Investee Business Plans. Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2002 edition.


Major Government and Community Reports

Mainprize, B. (2016) “Readiness of Aboriginal Venturing and Employment in the Northwest (RAVEN)”.  Published March 2016 by Tribal Resource Investment Corporation.

Mainprize, B. and Albright, C. (2011): “Nisga’a Nation Sustainable Employment Plan 2012-2017”, Published September 2011 by Nisga’a Lisims Government

Mainprize, B. (2011) “Opportunities in Northwest British Columbia: Facilitating Aboriginal Economic Self-Reliance” Published March 2011 by Tribal Resource Investment Corporation.

Teaching Case Studies;

Mainprize, B. and Wang, S. (2013) “Amoda Tea: Sipping, Subscribing and Succeeding” 

Mainprize, B. and Bauer, W. (2013) “The Man’s Toolbox: Monthly Delivery to Your Door” 

Mainprize, B. (2008) “Third Floor Designs: Making it in Vancouver”, Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2007) “VeloTaxi Canada” Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. and Begg, M. (2007) “High Thrill Las Vegas Theme Park: A Wild Ride for Start-up” 

Mainprize, B. and Begg, M. (2007) “Dusting Divas” Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2007) “Financing” Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2007) “K2 Stones case: a Solid Foundation for Venture Growth” 

Mainprize, B. and Barry, B. (2006) “The Ben Barry Agency: Changing the face of fashion” 

Mainprize, B. and Begg, M. (2006) “Painted Turtle Guesthouse” Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. and Begg, M. (2006) “Show Girls: Women Football League” Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2005) “Prairie Micro Tech: Lifestyle Venture or High Potential”, Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2005) “Brian Henri and Ocean River Sports”, Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2005) “Outer Coast Seaweeds: from the shores of Sooke to your Plate”, Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2005) “Euromercia Capital Group”, Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2005) “Cupcakes by Heather and Lori”, Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. and Bonnough, B. (2005) “Shawn Bonnough” Entrepreneurship teaching 

Mainprize, B, Duff, C, (2004) “Carmanah Technologies” Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Mainprize, B. (2004) “Wondermill: Can a start-up be this Cool?”, Entrepreneurship teaching case

Mainprize, B. (2004) “Natanis Natural Foods: Make it or Break it?”, Entrepreneurship teaching case 

Recognition & Awards

2018

Excellence in Service Award, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

2016

International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology , International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (ICCTL); Florida State University

2016

Alan Blizzard Award in Collaboration in Teaching, awarded for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (for the NW-ACE program), Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

2016

Ernest L. Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning(runner-up), International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (ICCTL); Florida State University

2016

UVIC's Top 10 (University Wide) Achievements of 2016 for ACE program awards, University of Victoria

2016

International: OVERALL Global Best Award across ALL CATEGORIES and ALL REGIONS in the WORLD (for the NW-ACE program), International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN) in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada

2016

International Global Best Award (Gold Medal) in the category of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills for the North America region (for the NW-ACE program), International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN) in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada

Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership, University of Victoria; Office of Vice-President of Academic

Grants 

  • Best Practices in Aboriginal Mentorship for Entrepreneurs, Funded by Mitacs (October 1, 2018 - April 11, 2019), awarded September 17, 2018 ($15,000.00), Completed, Fall 2018, PI Brent Mainprize

  • Promise and Prosperity National Aboriginal Business Survey (in Partnership with Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business), Funded by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada (Federal Government) (November 28, 2014 - August 25, 2016), awarded November 6, 2014 ($175,000.00), Completed, Summer 2016, CoInvestigator Brent Mainprize

  • RAVEN: Readiness of Aboriginal Venturing and Employment in the Northwest; A gap analysis, best practices, a path to success for 25 Aboriginal Communites., Funded by Service Canada: Federal Government (January 2, 2014 - February 17, 2016), awarded January 1, 2014 ($303,000.00), Completed, Spring 2016, PI Brent Mainprize

  • Aboriginal Business Mentorship, Funded by Mitacs (April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2016) ($15,000.00), Completed, Spring 2016, PI Brent Mainprize

  • Barriers to First Nation Economic Development, Funded by BC Assembly of First Nations (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017) ($41,000.00), Completed, Spring 2016, PI Brent Mainprize

  • UVic ORS Scholarly Travel Grant, Funded by UVic Office of Research Services (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017), awarded May 4, 2016 ($1,250.00), Completed, Spring 2016, PI Brent Mainprize

Current & Upcoming Courses

  • Entrepreneurial Strategy (MBA)
  • Entrepreneurship (MBA)
  • Developing Business in International Entrepreneurial Environments (MGB)
  • Acquire Venture Cognition (BCOM)
  • Strategic Management (BCOM)
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business for the Non-Specialist (BCOM)
  • Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program (trades-based) (Executive Programs)
  • Splatsin Indigenous Management Program (Executive Programs)
  • Haida Owned and Operated Program (Executive Programs)
  • Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program (Executive Programs)
  • Northwest Enabling Aboriginal Generation of Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program (Executive Programs) 
  • Youth Business China (YBC) Entrepreneur Mentorship Program (Executive Programs) 
  • Northwest Canadian Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Program (Executive Programs)