LaunchYU Accelerator

LaunchYU Accelerator

Think you have the next high potential venture and want to take it to the next level? This 4 month accelerator program is designed to support entrepreneurs as they Build, Launch, and Scale their ventures through bootcamps, workshops, one-on-one mentorship and other services.

Sprints

1

Product Market Fit

2

Pitching

3

Go-to-market Strategy

4

Financing and Fundraising

Sprint Components

1

Bootcamps and workshops

2

One-on-one mentorship

3

Investor Pitch feedback
sessions

4

Infounders Mastermind peer feedback sessions

5

Cash awards

Program Benefits

  • One-on-one mentorship to support you throughout the program
  • Grow personally and gain insightful peer feedback through Infounders Mastermind Sessions
  • Learn from various industry experts about important and relevant topics for your startup
  • Take your pitch to the next level through regular pitch practice
  • Develop a tight network of entrepreneurs
  • Regular access to angels, venture capitalists and other investors
  • Access to cash awards, and Innovation York Perks package

Program Mentors

Ehsan Mirdamadi

Ehsan obtained his BSc in Computer Science from York University and has been an active entrepreneur Since 1999.

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Throughout his 18 years of experience, he has founded and led couple of successful ventures in Cloud Computing, Big Data & Biotech, in Canada and United States. He is also an active angel investor and advisor dozens of ventures, both for technology and venture development.

Mick Bhinder

Mick Bhinder is the CEO & Founder of IAmI Authentications, Inc. (“IAmI”), a Canadian based cybersecurity company.

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After many years of experiences, having worked in the financial services sector (Amex, Discover Financial Services, Visa and TD Bank), Mick began his entrepreneurial journey over 7 years with two prior startups before IAmI. Bhinder has always been front and centre at the crossroads of modern technologies and securing private & sensitive data.

Over the years, Bhinder has excelled in developing a deeper set of knowledge and experiences in the prevention of cyber threats & risks, fraud and cyber data exploits. Bhinder prides his newest initiative around completely changing user experiences - through instinctive intelligent empowerment.

Navin Kaminoulu

Navin Kaminoulu is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for indus.ai Inc.

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He leads the strategic direction and operations for the construction industry’s first artificial intelligence powered start up. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with R & D in Toronto. He is an experienced serial entrepreneur who previously led various Internet and technology early stage organizations to accelerated growth. He has deep industry expertise in software, product development and operations.

Navin co-founded indus.ai and prior, he held the position Head of delivery and partnerships at GreenOwl Mobile where he was responsible for scaling the firm 2 – 25 employees, 50+ enterprise clients, and 300% revenue growth within 2 years. He has also held senior leadership roles in banking, finance, management consulting, and the public sector, which has helped him master a broad spectrum of domain and corporate experience.

He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with degree in Mathematics and liberal arts. He also has been a project management professional (PMP) for nearly 15 years.

Patrick Heffron

Patrick has more than 20 years of ICT leadership experience with an expertise in both operations and finance.

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Highlights of his career include roles as the COO and CFO for Esna Technologies where he helped achieve the successful exit of this enterprise communication software company and he was COO of Clickfree, a consumer product that was #1 in the Deloitte Fast-50 in 2010.

Patrick has experience in both SMB and Enterprise solutions as well as consumer focused businesses. He has extensive channel experience across multiple segments. Patrick is also very adept at financial and business modelling. Before entering the startup world in 2009, Patrick held various executive roles at IBM and Bell. He is also currently a facilitator with the Entrepreneurship Programs at MaRS.

Portia Asli

Portia Asli is a 3-time entrepreneur and engineer with 10 years of professional and leadership experience.

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She has built businesses from the ground-up in healthcare, online education and digital marketing. Portia has served as a startup coach at IdeaSpace Incubator/Accelerator in the Philippines working with technology Founders to transition from idea to prototype and then to revenue stage.

She has been a speaker on startup related content at conferences hosted by USAID, the Asian Development Bank and featured on live TV talk show. Prior to pursuing her entrepreneurial ambitions, Portia provided design engineering services to multinational clients such as Costco Wholesale on multi-million dollar geographic expansions across Canada and engineering project management services on high profile multi-billion dollar transit development for the Government of Canada. A visionary leader, Portia is known as a people-influencer and for strategic talents coupled with a 'can-do' and 'go-getter' attitude to deliver results. Portia is a licensed professional engineer and holds an MBA from Cambridge University.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline
    March 15, 2019
  • Program Start Date
    May 6, 2019
  • Graduation & Launch Day
    September, 2019
  • Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award
    End of January, 2019