Startup Program

8-Week BIG IDEA Startup Program

November 30 - December 21, 2020

Virtually, Via Zoom

Mondays, 6pm to 8pm

BIG IDEA is a 8-week program that helps entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into actual business plans.

The application period is now closed.

What Should I Expect from BIG IDEA?

Participants will receive an overview of entrepreneurial principles that will help them form real business plans. The program is fast-paced, over just four weeks, and will require a commitment of  approximately 4 to 6 hours per week for its duration. The program will end with participants giving 5-minute pitch presentations of their businesses.

Week 1: Introduction to BIG IDEA, Defining Customer Segments, Identifying Problems, and Articulating Solutions

Week 2: Demonstrating Value, Identifying Your Uniqueness, Determining Costs and Revenue, Measuring Success, and Reaching Potential Customers

Week 3: Presentation Preparation - How to give a great pitch

Week 4: Participant Pitches (5min each)

(Topic Descriptions)

What Will I Get Out of the Program?

Not only will you get a great experience from working with other entrepreneurs, who are at the same stage as you, you'll also walk away with a plan that should help your business move forward. 

How Do I Know If The Program Is For Me?

You're ideal for this program if you meet the following criteria:

  • You're a new or aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea

  • Your business is "pre-revenue", meaning you have not yet launched it and made money from it (You may also be considered if your business has been launched within the last 12 months)

  • You must be willing to commit to 8 consecutive weeks of sessions. The time commitment is approximately 2h for each online session, and 2 to 4 hours each week to work on activities for the coming week.

How Will Participants Be Chosen?

Applications will be received from November 9th - 20th. Notifications will be sent via e-mail during the week of November 23rd, advising applicants of their acceptance status. 

Participants will be chosen based on whether they meet the criteria above, and whether their idea is appropriate for a program such as this. There are a limited number of spaces for this program, so the process is competitive. 

How Do I Apply and How Much Will It Cost To Participate?

Simply complete the application below. The program is 100% free. There's no application fee or program fee. The application period has concluded.

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