Sakkijha says what she learned in the MBA she completed this past June at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management helped develop her business idea.

“We learned about marketing, finance, strategy, human resources — all key things you need to know to start and grow a business,” Sakkijha says. “Also, being an entrepreneur is all about taking risks, but the MBA teaches how to mitigate and take calculated risks.”

While completing her program, Sakkijha also had access to StartMeUp Ryerson, a student-run organization that provides resources and funding to aspiring business owners. The group runs the school’s annual Slaight Business Plan Competition, in which business students present their ideas to a panel of judges consisting of experienced entrepreneurs. Mejuri won the top prize — $25,000, plus two years of mentoring from an entrepreneurship professor.

Do you think an education can give entrepreneurs the upper hand?