The LaunchYU AccelerateUP program is a 4 month program, designed to support entrepreneurs as they Build, Launch, and Scale their ventures.
This intensive program is divided in four sprints. Each sprint focuses on a key aspect of the business as the theme:
- Sprint 1: Product-Market Fit
- Sprint 2: Pitching and Messaging
- Sprint 3: Go-to-market Strategy
- Sprint 4: Finance and Fund-raising
Each sprint is roughly four weeks long and each sprint consists of:
- A day-long hands-on bootcamp to deepdive into the topic of the theme.
- One mastermind peer-to-peer feedback session.
- One or two lightning rounds
- One critical feedback session with an investors or an experienced entrepreneur.
The program also offers participating ventures a total of $55,000 in awards. This is divided into three awards:
- AccelerateUP Award 1: Five awards for $3000 each.
- AccelerateUP Award 2: Three awards for $5000 each.
- Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award: One award of $25,000 (including $12,500 in cash and an equal amount of Aird & Berlis’s StartupSource legal services.)
The program also provides access to resources like collaborative working space, legal advice and services, cloud and virtual infrastructure, access to maker spaces, investor meet-ups, industry connections, and more.
At the end of the program, ventures participate at a Graduation and Launch Day where they pitch to an audience consisting of investors, corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs and government officials.
- To participate in the LaunchYU AccelerateUP Program, you must apply as a startup venture. If there are multiple co-founders for the startup, all co-founder's shall submit a single application form here.
- The LaunchYU AccelerateUP Program is designed to support all types of ventures, including for-profit, not-for-profit, and for-profit social enterprises.
- The program is open to all individuals, regardless of their affiliation with York University, including all external community members, students, alumni, staff, and faculty members.
- The program includes weekly sessions and intensive one-on-one sessions conducted by entrepreneurs and industry experts, which are required to be attended by all the ventures.
- A maximum of 20 ventures are selected in each cohort of the accelerator. This includes up to five social enterprises.
- All applications submitted are evaluated and selected applicants are invited for an in-person interview.
- The final selection of participating ventures is made after the interviews.
- The ventures are evaluated based on 2 major criteria:
- Capability of the founding team to execute
- Potential impact of the venture idea and the ability of the venture to scale
- The LaunchYU AccelerateUP Program is offered at no cost to the participating ventures.
- LaunchYU or York University does not charge any fees or claim any equity share from the ventures participating in the LaunchYU AccelerateUP Program.
- The only contribution expected from the participants is their commitment to their venture and their active participation in the program.
- Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
- Program Start Date: May 2018 (final date TBC)
- AccelerateUP Award 1 (5 awards of $3000 each): Early July, 2018
- AccelerateUP Award 2 (3 awards of $5000 each): End of August, 2018
- Graduation & Launch Day: Mid-September, 2018
- Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award: Late January, 2019