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Culinary Entrepreneurship

Closed for Fall 2020

Length: 1 Year
Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Prepare yourself for the exciting world of entrepreneurship as you immerse yourself in the day-to-day operations of a real-life business. Learn about your tolerance to risk, your ability to manage and lead. Graduates can look forward to career opportunities in management or as independent business owners.  

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $10,421
Year 1 (International): $16,676

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for Fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until July 1, 2010.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

Discover your taste for business

If you've considered venturing into the world of entrepreneurialism, the Culinary Entrepreneurship program just might be the missing ingredient needed to take the next step in your career.

In this one-of-a-kind program, you and your fellow entrepreneurs will manage The Tastemarket — a 9,000 sq. ft. eatery specifically designed to help you develop and market your products, engage with paying customers in real-time and fully immerse yourself in the day-to-day operations of entrepreneurialism.

Program Details

Program description

Whether you’re an entrepreneur at heart or you want to increase your business acumen, the Culinary Entrepreneurship post-diploma will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to turn an idea into reality. An intensive year-long certificate program, you’ll learn first-hand all about the world of entrepreneurialism as you manage an actual, real-life hospitality enterprise.

The experiential learning from a live classroom environment will provide you with the skillset required to operate a business, provide creative solutions and drive product development - skillsets that are increasingly sought after in a globalized, competitive environment.

While managing a business, your learning will be complemented with online courses and professional mentorship from industry experts. Your studies will cover everything from business operations, facilities, and business regulations to finance, human resource management, sales and marketing.

Upon completion of this post-diploma certificate, you will be able to make informed decisions about your tolerance to risk, your ability to manage and your ability to lead. Further, you will be able to determine if you are suited to entrepreneurship, whether or not you are ready to become an entrepreneur, or if you should use your entrepreneurial mindset to enhance your position within an organization.

A world-class experiential learning environment

An integral part of your learning experience will be SAIT’s new state-of-the-art facility designed to foster culinary excellence, creative exchange and innovation. An incubator for entrepreneurs, this space will provide you with a flexible platform to develop and market your products, engage with paying customers in real-time and fully immerse yourself in the day-to-day operations of entrepreneurialism.

Student awards

Three $5,000 entrance awards are available to qualifying students.

Your Career

Graduates of the program can look forward to career opportunities in management within the hospitality industry or as independent business owners.

Student Success

Most successful students spend approximately 20 hours per week doing homework and review, with additional study required to prepare for exams.

Keep in mind hospitality industry hours can range from early morning to late in the evening and often include holidays and weekends.

The material is presented at a fairly rapid rate, so for the greatest level of success, you must be present and take responsibility for your learning experience. You must be able to read, write and comprehend the English language at a level exceeding basic conversational English.

The intensive nature of the program requires students to have well developed time management skills.


Graduates of the program will receive a post-diploma certificate in Culinary Entrepreneurship.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit Transfer Options to learn more.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until July 1, 2020. 

Admission requirements

Completion of the following diplomas or work experience:

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.

Competitive entry: seven-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines. 

In the selection process, qualified applicants will be invited to attend an interview with representatives of the Culinary Entrepreneurship program. Offers of admission will be determined based on the interview.

  • We encourage applicants to apply early as the program will fill quickly. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be waitlisted.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with industry experience.
  • International students and students applying from outside of Calgary will be able to conduct the interview over the phone.
  • Failure to attend an interview will result in your status changing to “Declined through Selection”. If this happens and you are still interested in the program, then you must contact 403-284-8612 and speak to the Academic Advisor.

Step 4: Apply to Culinary Entrepreneurship and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Check your e-mail for an e-mail from the School of Hospitality and Tourism to arrange for and attend an interview. You must contact the School of Hospitality and Tourism within 10 business days to book an interview.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add culinary@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


Program outline

View additional Culinary Entrepreneurship program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
APST-400 Technology for Business 3.0
FDBS-400 Food Service Retail Management 3.0
FNCE-400 Applied Finance I 3.0
LDSH-400 Applied Entrepreneurship I 3.0
LDSH-401 Applied Leadership I 3.0
MGMT-404 Managing Business Operations I 3.0
MKTG-403 Applied Sales and Marketing I 3.0
PHYF-401 Facilities 3.0
Semester 1 Total: 24.0


Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
FNCE-401 Applied Finance II 3.0
HRMT-401 Applied Human Resources 3.0
LDSH-402 Applied Entrepreneurship II 3.0
LDSH-403 Applied Leadership II 3.0
MGMT-406 Managing Business Operations II 3.0
MKTG-404 Applied Sales and Marketing II 3.0
OPMT-400 Supports and Regulations 3.0
Semester 2 Total: 21.0
Program Total: 45.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $ 9,200 $682 $288 $252 $ 10,421

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $15,363 $682 $288 $344 $16,676


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies cost approximately $500. 

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


Phone: 403.210.4343
Email: andy.trache@sait.ca

Academic chair

Georg Windisch, Academic Chair
Email:  georg.windisch@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

With her career sights set on opening a Filipino restaurant in the increasingly diverse Calgary food scene, Marion enrolled in the Culinary Entrepreneurship post-diploma program. Working part-time at a local restaurant, Marion has a good grasp of what's required to run a business from the perspective of daily operations, but as she explains that's only half the picture.

"Being able to see the bigger picture, plan for the worst case scenario and learn from your mistakes along the way, are equally important — and this program has certainly given me a behind-the-scenes look of all that goes into running a business."

Originally from Jamaica, Shane travelled to Canada at 21 years of age and quickly found employment in the dynamic hospitality sector working for big-name resorts like Fairmont Lake Louise, Delta Lodge Kananaskis and the Grey Eagle Casino and Resort. After several years working as a server, banquet manager and restaurant supervisor, Shane decided to pursue the path to entrepreneurialism.

"One day I'd like to own my own café and gaming centre. I saw this one-year program as a stepping stone to realizing my dream and that's really exciting."

Marion Pugeda
Culinary Entrepreneurship | 2017

"I enrolled in the Culinary Entrepreneurship program to learn more about the business landscape, policies and procedures — basically everything that goes into opening a successful venture from the ground up."

Shane Spence
Culinary Entrepreneurship | 2017

"I've learned a lot including how to find investors, where to seek out legal advice and even how to navigate the permitting process — it's been an eye-opening experience."

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