Leap StartUp League

Bring your Idea to Life!

We work with change-makers from all backgrounds and industries to help turn your big ideas into reality. We offer the resources and teach the skills you need in order to map out a sustainable business or organization. Our expertise is guiding social enterprises that benefit our communities and our planet. Whether you have been building an invention, dreaming of starting a non-profit, or see a nagging problem that you know you could fix – this program will help you make it happen.

Offered in partnership with our friends at Sheridan EDGE

“The program helped me clarify every aspect of my business: marketing, messaging, business model, the benefits and methods of customer interviews, funding, etc. All of it was incredibly valuable. My original goal was to have confidence in what to do next (and not do) and this program helped me with that and more.” -LSL Graduate

Experiential Learning

The structured, hands-on learning opportunity that will empower you to bring your venture to life!

Innovation Tools

Utilize innovation tools and approaches like the business model canvas and design thinking

Small Class Sizes

Small cohorts of dedicated teams maximize opportunity for one-on-one support and collaboration

Community

Build a network of entrepreneurs, experts and advisors to work with you beyond the Start Up program

Successful applicants attend:

  • Boot camp intensive – a transformative multi-day deep dive. Work with expert facilitators and industry leaders to delve into the problem you want to solve, determine the viability of your idea, and develop a model to support your vision.
  • Ongoing workshops – build and practice the skills needed to move from planning to implementation. Topics include sales, marketing, and more.
  • Ongoing advising and mentorship
  • Please note: In response to COVID-19, all programming will be virtual

All Start Up teams receive:

  • Online learning modules that support in-class live training sessions
  • Access to the ICUBE, EDGE and OnRamp facilities, and member perks
  • Networking opportunities at UTM, EDGE and the wider community
  • Online Slack community
  • Advisors/mentors from ICUBE and Edge
  • The opportunity to pitch for cash and prizes

Applications for Fall 2021 are now Closed!

“It’s clear that the tools I’ve learned about will help me as my business model continues to evolve. I am eternally grateful for the program and everyone in it.” – LSL Graduate

Who Should Apply?
You are a strong fit for this program if:

  • You have identified a business idea and are in the ideation or early startup phase
  • You are open to exploring and changing as you work through the program
  • You are ready to commit at least 5 hours a week on your venture
  • You are looking for collaborators and advisors
  • You are serious about pursuing this idea, or an entrepreneurial idea in the future, and are committed to completing the program
  • You are a U of T or Sheridan student, recent alumni, or resident of the Peel region

 

Equity and Diversity Statement

Leap Startup League’s dedication to promoting diversity in our teams includes a commitment to ensuring every cohort accurately reflects our community, welcoming folks of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races and ages, and actively creating space for marginalized change-makers and under-represented disciplines.

All creators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and leaders are encouraged to apply.

Program Schedule

Onboarding

Bootcamp

Market Research

Prototyping

Marketing 101

Finance 101

Leap Up Refresher

Sales 101

Storytelling Pitch Prep

Round 1 Final Competition

Final Competition

Wednesday, September 15

September 24, 25, 26

Wednesday, October 6

Wednesday, October 20

Wednesday, October 27

Wednesday, November 3

Wednesday, November 10

Wednesday, November 17

Wednesday, November 24

Wednesday, December 8

Wednesday, December 15

*Please Note* 

All dates & times mentioned above are subject to change, an updated version of the program schedule will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Testimonial

Eligibility Requirements

The following qualifications must be met for applicants to be considered for entry:

  • Must be one of the following:
    • Current University of Toronto or Sheridan student
    • Recent alumni (within ~5 years)
    • Resident of the Peel region
  • Have identified a business idea or problem to solve, and are in the ideation or early start up phase
  • Be available for all sessions, and be committed to working on your venture for at least 5 hours weekly
  • The business idea must be in alignment with  applicable policies and legislation and Leap Startup League’s values

Selection Process

  • Application Screening Process

    All applications will be evaluated against program criteria in the following steps:

    • Initial screening by program staff to ensure basic eligibility
    • Eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of internal and external industry experts, and assigned numerical grades
    • Grading will be averaged across the judging panel, and the top teams will be offered a place in the program

    Judging Criteria

    The panel of reviewers will be provided a rubric to score applications against the following criteria.

    • Completion
      • Is the application complete?
      • Are all questions answered in detail?
    • Novelty and Compelling Nature of the Idea
      • Is this an industry that is already well represented in ICUBE/EDGE?
      • Is the idea unique, interesting, and demonstrates potential?
    • Impact
      • Will this solution impact lives in a meaningful way?
      • Is there a large market for this idea?
      • Does the solution address a widespread problem?
    • Alignment with Programming
      • Is LSL’s program will positioned to address the challenges faced by the entrepreneur?
      • Can the LSL program address the main priorities of the entrepreneur?
      • Is the venture at the right stage for this program?
    • Attention to accessibility/inclusiveness
      • LSL provides value-based entrepreneurship education. Is this business idea and the founding team attentive accessibility, inclusiveness, and social issues?
    • The Entrepreneur
      • Does the founding team have the right skills to pursue entrepreneurship at this time?
      • Is the founder committed to this program and furthering this idea?
      • Does the applicant demonstrate professionalism?

    Leap Startup League’s dedication to promoting diversity in our teams includes a commitment to ensuring every cohort accurately reflects our community, welcoming folks of all gender identities, sexual originations, races and ages, and actively creating space for marginalized change-makers and under-represented disciplines.

ICUBE, The home of Social Entrepreneurship at UofT, offers resources, programs, workshops and mentorship for people who are changing the world. If you want to make a difference, ICUBE is here to help you make it.