Got an idea but don’t know what to do next?

See a problem you would like to solve, but now sure how?

The ICUBE Start Up program is an experiential learning opportunity that will empower you to bring your solutions to life!
With a focus on idea validation, design thinking, and business model canvas, our startup program will not only prepare you for more advanced training programs, but will provide you with a strong foundation as you move forward in implementing your idea.

ICUBE runs one Start Up cohort per semester
Next cohort dates TBD

The Program

Successful applicants will be required to attend:

  • 1 Weekend boot camp intensive – explore your idea through this 2 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, get creative with finding solutions, and develop a model that will support your vision.
  • A minimum of 3 workshops from a series of 6 progressive workshops that will provide the skills needed to move from planning to implementation. Topics will include: Marketing, sales, storytelling for business, leadership skills and more.
  • Ongoing advising and mentorship will be available throughout the semester.

Start Up Teams gain access to:

  • Online learning modules that support in-class activities
  • ICUBE Pitch competitions and Founder Finder events
  • Access to the ICUBE and OnRamp Coworking Spaces
  • Networking opportunities at UTM and the wider community


You are a strong fit for this program if:

  • You have identified a business idea or problem that you are seeking to solve, or-
  • You have begun working on an idea, in the ideation or early startup phase
  • You are open to exploring and changing as you work through the program
  • You are looking for collaborators and advisors
  • You are serious about pursuing this idea, or an entrepreneurial idea in the future
  • You are a U of T student, recent alumni, or resident of the Peel region

Applicants will be selected based on strength of the idea and dedication of the team or founder.  Existing ICUBE members who have been working on their ideas will be given priority.

ICUBE runs one Start Up cohort per semester. Applications for the winter term will be open soon.


All teams who are a part of ICUBE are a part of the University of Toronto. Upon acceptance you will receive a Univeristy of Toronto ID Card and online authentication login, providing:

  • Access to U of T facilities, resources, and services such as the fitness centre
  • Access to the library. As the 3rd largest library in North America, U of T subscribes to almost everything, so if you need a resource, they probably have it, including niche reports and market research.The IMI librarian is happy to work with you to find what you need and teach you how to use our databases.
  • Co-Working space at UTM and St.George (ONRamp) and ability to book meeting and study rooms
  • Access to free and highly discounted resources and services with ICUBE partners.