Basecamp is Canada’s first annual student incubation program for youth focused on ideation and creating problem-driven validated solutions. Young entrepreneurs will spend eight weeks in an intensive bootcamp at Ryerson University where they’ll learn to develop, market and accelerate their business ideas.

Basecamp is designed to ensure youth are set on a path of success. By taking part in various exercises geared towards developing venture ideas, participants are exposed to a network of creative and collaborative minds to help drive the momentum forward. Participants are connected to potential investors, mentors as well as partners. By the end of the program, participants have a validated business model ready for launch.

The program runs in two cohorts (high school and undergraduate) ranging from six to eight weeks. Participants receive:

  • Two-weeks of educational learning on the various ins and outs of starting up a venture;
  • Weekly introductory technical learning seminars on upcoming trends;
  • Weekly accountability meetings with Sandbox staff and entrepreneurs-in-residence;
  • Monthly “storyboarding sessions” for immediate feedback from industry experts, influencers and veteran entrepreneurs; and
  • Collaborative working space with opportunities for ‘collisions’ with other participating teams.

The post-secondary cohort starts June 11; the high school cohort starts July 4.

To apply, please visit www.sandboxdmz.com/basecamp/. Application deadline is May 22.

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