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Online program offers practical lessons for start-up success

May 13, 2015

Excelerate is a unique series of entrepreneurial training videos specifically designed to help start-up companies in the early stages of commercialization.

Ontario’s campus entrepreneurs are being offered free access to a  program designed to help them develop and hone their entrepreneurial skills. 

Excelerate is a unique series of entrepreneurial training videos specifically designed to help start-up companies in the early stages of commercialization. It is part of a suite of program offerings developed by the Canadian Innovation Centre (CIC) in Waterloo, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs achieve market success. 

Presented to representatives of the Campus-Linked Accelerators (CLA) and On-Campus Entrepreneurial Activities (OCEA) programs at their quarterly meeting held in conjunction with Discovery at the end of April, Excelerate offers practical lessons and resources in a community environment. 

The on-line program addresses the need for some very concrete and real-world information about how to launch and build a technology business. It is designed to help speed up the acquisition of many critical skills and insights that would normally take years to pick up. It can also likely prevent a few costly missteps. 

“This is a generous offer by the CIC and I encourage our CLAs and OCEAs to make good use of it,” says Shantanu Mittal, an OCE Business Development Manager who works closely with young entrepreneurs. “This platform will be able to develop an open-source community of users and experts who can share ideas, questions and opportunities. 

 “We are very pleased that the Excelerate lessons and resources are now being shared in an open-source community through OCE's CampusStart online community,” says Josie Graham, CEO of The Canadian Innovation Center. “This will support the objectives of the online community and the CLA and OCEA programs, which aim to increase the success rates of campus start-ups by creating a community of users and experts who can share ideas, questions and opportunities.” 

OCE and CIC encourage users to submit feedback on how the platform can be improved. 

The invitation to join the program was issued to key CLA and OCEA representatives at each college and university. They will be able to log in and invite others to also join.