This summer, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship at McGill University established itself as a player in the Canadian startup game with the creation of the X-1 Startup Accelerator, which recently hosted the graduation of its inaugural cohort after an intensive 10-week program.
And until September 21, the Centre will be accepting applications for its new Lean Launchpad program, a 10-week program that focuses on teaching entrepreneurs to build scalable startups through rigorous business development and hypothesis testing of ideas.
The Lean Launchpad program splits startups into five teams, with in-class time dedicated to discussions about businesses hypotheses while facilitators guide startups through the process. Lectures are focused on projects that students need to follow on their own time, and are available on Udacity, an online platform for lectures. The program’s goal is to prep students for the McGill Dobson Cup, a competition where winners are awarded over $150,000 in prize money, or the Startup X-1 Accelerator.
Teams can be formed by individuals of any university or background, but must have at least one McGill student, while preference will be given to teams made up completely of McGill students. The program itself is free.
Interested teams can find the terms of eligibility and apply on the Lean Launchpad website.