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Startup Support
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Startup Experience League Accelerate is ICUBE UTM’s startup support program that offers three programs to help train and support entrepreneurs; Startup, Scaleup and Grant.  If you are a student, alumi or community member (basically anyone) get into the cube and let us help you launch your idea!

 

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, so whenever genius strikes, APPLY!
Please note all applications go through an initial screening process which may take up to two weeks.
Ps. You can always contact us via social media, email or just stop by!

 

 

STARTUP

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Got an idea but don’t know where to go next? The ICUBE SXL Startup Program is designed to help ventures at the ideation stage validate and bring ideas / research / capstones to life!

Applying to the Startup program, just takes an IDEA! This could be something you had in the shower this morning, or something you’ve been working on for the past several months and don’t know what to do with it.

WHO: This program is for those that want to start a venture or have an idea to grow.
If you’re a student interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, the Certificate programs with workshops and opportunities to work for startups might be more up your alley.

WHAT: ICUBE has created a business building basics program called the Side Guide – Building the Sides of Your Business. As part of this program you will go through curated videos and online course materials that will help you build a framework for your business. Along the way there will be workshops, access to startup coaches and mentors to help provide guidance on how to build your business.

WHEN: The Startup program is work at your own pace to fit within classes and ‘life’.

REALITY:  As much as ICUBE’s team is here to help your idea succeed, we also hope it fails! (WHAT!) Yeah – that’s part of the idea growth process. We will 100% help you with any crazy idea you have because some of them just might work, but if you have to scrap it, that is 100% a successful idea! Even if the idea you enter the Startup program with doesn’t become a company, you will still leave with more skills, connections and capacity to work on your next big idea than you started with!

To help get your idea going, by joining the Startup Program you receive:

 

  • Opportunity to win Cash Prizes from the ICE Pitch Competition
    • Up to $5,000
  • Access to ICUBE startup coaches and mentors
  • Invites to all ICUBE Startup and partner workshops
  • Collaborative peer-2-peer environment
  • 24/7 access to co-working space at UTM (& St George upon special request)
  • Access to MaRS Market Intelligence Reports (2 per calendar year)
  • Access and referrals to vetted professional service providers such as legal and accounting advice.
  • Access to our Maker Lab with 3D printers
  • Added to SXL Accelerate Slack Channel
  • FREE Google’s Cloud Startup Program membership
    • (This includes $20,000 in Cloud and Firebase credits)

SXL Accelerate Application

  • SXL Accelerate Application

    Your journey to amazing startup support at ICUBE UTM begins here! Tell us a bit about you, your company, or your idea and we'll be in touch with next steps!
  • Please enter your name.
  • If you have one, if not - make up something cool.
  • Please enter your email address.
  • An elevator elevator pitch is a quick synopsis of your background and experience. Done right, this short speech helps you introduce your business to your targeted audience in a compelling way. It should be persuasive enough to spark the listener's interest in your business.
  • Please provide a brief description of your business.
  • Social Media

    If applicable, please provide a direct link.
  • 27/06/2018

SCALEUP
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Idea on the go and looking for a place to grow? SXL Scaleup Program is for companies with less than $100K in sales that have an MVP and are looking for growth support.

Acceptance to the Scaleup program is selective, our goal is to help take startups from the Peel region to the next level!
Accelerate Scaleup is designed to be an accelerator and incubator program combined to help your business grow in a sustainable way. Join our inclusive environment to get support for startup coaches, mentors and industry experts.

WHO: This program is for startups / research projects / that have already developed a product and are starting to generate revenue.
(If you have generated over $100,000 in sales, you are not eligible for this program.)

If you’re a student interested in learning more about entrepreneurship, the Certificate programs with workshops and opportunities to work for startups might be more up your alley. Or if you have an idea – the Startups program will be perfect for you.

WHAT: With having helped over 50 ventures to date,  ICUBE is constantly receiving feedback from our startups and actively implementing feedback to create a program thats focused on rapid growth.  “It takes an ecosystem to grow a startup” and as part of the Scaleup program, you’re part of three of Peel regions top accelerators all focused on your growth. On top of the benefits (outlined in next box) you join a community of entrepreneurs and work alongside others with the same goals with a boutique based ‘program’ catered to each participant.  We got you!

WHEN: SXL Accelerate Scaleup has a rolling admissions program and members are allowed to be part of the program for up to 12 months. After that period they may apply to one of our Resident slots (contact ICUBE’s Program Coordinator for more details on the Resident program).

As part of the SXL Accelerate Scaleup Program you receive:

  • Capital injection of funding for student-led startups accepted into program
    • $1,000  / team (upon two months into the program)
  • Peel Region Startup Support
    • (automatically become a member of ICUBE UTM, RIC Centre, Sheridan EDGE and Humber CFE with access to the entire network’s programming)
  • Eligible for the Startup Experience Grant (for hiring UTM undergrad students)
  • Direct access to mentors and startup coaches
  • Weekly access to ICUBE faculty lead Nico Lacetera for consultations
  • Expert lead “Founders Round Table” discussions
  • Peer-to-peer networking sessions will be provided to teams to encourage interaction and idea sharing.
  • Endorsements for grant opportunities such as OCE, IRAP, Mitacs, etc.
  • Direct connections with industry partners and exposure to Investors
  • Office hours with professional partners (IP, legal, finance, etc)
  • Access to UofT Entrepreneurship’s St. George co-working space (ONRamp)
  • Access to MaRS Intelligence Reports (8 per year)
  • Discounts:
    • AWS Activate ($7500 in cloud credits, $80 in training)
    • Hubspot for Startups (up to 90% off)
    • Slack Startup Partner (up to 90% off)

As well as all of the Startup Program benefits:

 

  • Opportunity to win Cash Prizes from the ICE Pitch Competition
    • Up to $5,000
  • Access to ICUBE startup coaches and mentors
  • Invites to all ICUBE Startup and partner workshops
  • Collaborative peer-2-peer environment
  • 24/7 access to co-working space at UTM (& St George upon special request)
  • Access to MaRS Market Intelligence Reports (2 per calendar year)
  • Access and referrals to vetted professional service providers such as legal and accounting advice.
  • Access to our Maker Lab with 3D printers
  • Added to SXL Accelerate Slack Channel
  • FREE Google’s Cloud Startup Program membership
    • (This includes $20,000 in Cloud and Firebase credits)
  • FREE Teamwork Projects (project management online software)

 

SXL Accelerate Application

  • SXL Accelerate Application

    Your journey to amazing startup support at ICUBE UTM begins here! Tell us a bit about you, your company, or your idea and we'll be in touch with next steps!
  • Please enter your name.
  • If you have one, if not - make up something cool.
  • Please enter your email address.
  • An elevator elevator pitch is a quick synopsis of your background and experience. Done right, this short speech helps you introduce your business to your targeted audience in a compelling way. It should be persuasive enough to spark the listener's interest in your business.
  • Please provide a brief description of your business.
  • Social Media

    If applicable, please provide a direct link.
  • 27/06/2018

GRANT

 

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Currently rockin’ your startup and need some support to scale? The SXL Grant is designed to help you with some of your first hires!

 

Choose from UTM’s amazing 14,000 undergraduate students, and you could receive up to 75% off their first 100 hours of project based contract time. (If you’re a student wanting to get hired by a startup, check out our jobs page.)

Eligibility:

You must be Incorporated.
You must be located in the Peel Region or receiving support from ICUBE UTM, The RIC Centre, or The Hub at Sheridan College.
ICUBE Accelerate clients and recent grad companies will be prioritized.
You are expected to provide a professional working space. This includes incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces.

The SXL Grant will cover up to 75% of  UTM student wages for first-time participants.

ICUBE UTM coaches participating students, helping them develop real-life, transferable employment skills through a series of workshops, seminars, networking opportunities, and a paid work placement.

SXL Grant Application Form

CCR Application Form