Ensuring that start-up companies created at York University and in the surrounding area reach their maximum potential is the ultimate goal of York University’s entrepreneurship program. LaunchYU
consists of monthly workshops and networking events, other events, one-on-one mentoring, and an accelerator program. It was designed to support students, faculty members and community members interested in exploring entrepreneurship as a viable career option, foster their entrepreneurial endeavours, and support the acceleration of high potential ventures.
Developed collaboratively by Innovation York, the University’s industry liaison and commercialization office, Faculty of Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, and Faculty of Science, LaunchYU builds on existing entrepreneurship activities across campus.
The LaunchYU Accelerator program is 10 weeks and run through partnerships with YEDInstitute and ventureLAB. It is designed to support entrepreneurs as they build, launch, and scale their ventures. A maximum of 20 ventures will be selected through an application process for the program. Both streams will offer entrepreneurs lectures, workshops, one-on-one mentorship, and milestone deliverables. The program is designed to help entrepreneurs accelerate their ventures, and wraps up with a pitch competition and cash prize awards.
To mobilize LaunchYU online, York University partnered with Collide Hub Inc., a start-up company commercializing a resource-sharing and collaboration platform for entrepreneurs. Through Collide Hub, LaunchYU has created an online community where entrepreneurs can connect, collaborate and learn about LaunchYU opportunities and opportunities in the greater community.
LaunchYU receives funding from Ontario's On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence. This story was provided by York University.