UW to host residence-based Young Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Posted by Rob Lewis

The folks in Waterloo are at it again. This summer the University of Waterloo is launching the VeloCity Entrepreneur Bootcamp (VEB), where Canada's most promising young entrepreneurs can come to launch their technology-based startups. And own 100% of their intellectual property in the process.

Selected students will each receive $3,000 (up to a maximum $9,000 for each team), live rent-free at VeloCity, and work out of office space provided at no charge by the Accelerator Centre in Waterloo's research and technology park. They'll also have the opportunity to attend business-related seminars and workshops and to be mentored by some of Canada's most successful entrepreneurs.

The University has assembled a dream team of partners to launch the VEB. In additional to financial support from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the VEB is accessing office space from the Accelerator Centre, a network of mentors via Communitech, and marketing across Canadian campuses through the Impact Entrepreneurship Group.

At the end of the 3-month bootcamp (May thru July), students will be eligible for additional seed funding through the OCE’s Centre for Commercialization of Research's new entrepreneur program.

Interested student applicants need to apply by February 14th. In addition to an old-school resume, students must submit an overview of their start-up outlining its novelty and marketability as well as a YouTube video promoting the idea. VEB is open to ANY post-secondary student in Canada. Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel and decisions made and communicated by the week of February 22nd. More information about the application process is available online.

The VEB is the first nation-wide, residence-based program of its kind in North America. Nice work Waterloo.

Company:
Communitech
Website:
http://www.communitech.ca
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Communitech is located in Waterloo Region, 110 kilometres (66 miles) west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in an area that includes the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo. Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies supporting and building a Southwestern Ontario tech cluster of close to 1,000 companies that now generates more than $30B in revenue. A member of the Ontario Network... more

Company:
The Accelerator Centre
Website:
http://www.acceleratorcentre.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The Accelerator Centre (AC) officially opened its doors on May 18, 2006 through the cooperation of its founding partners: the Federal and Ontario governments, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, the City of Waterloo, and the University of Waterloo. The Waterloo Research and Technology Park was selected as the site for the AC given the community-based initiative to foster the radical innovation that Waterloo... more

Company:
Ontario Centres of Excellence
Website:
http://www.oce-ontario.org
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We take ideas to income. Created in response to Ontario’s most critical competitive challenges, we facilitate economic growth through support for industrially relevant R&D, the opening of new market opportunities and the commercialization of leading edge discovery. We build strong industry and academic relationships. And, we stimulate knowledge transfer through the development of bright minds, moving their skills... more

Company:
Impact Entrepreneurship Group
Website:
http://www.impact.org
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Impact's goal is to create the next generation of entrepreneurs and help young entrepreneurs realize their true potential. Impact connects people, knowledge and ideas, recognizing success and providing inspiration to leaders at every stage of their development. The Impact Entrepreneurship Group is Canada's largest non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit amongst... more


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