⠀Transform Your Idea Into a Business⠀
BEST STARTUP EXPERIENCE
March 10-12 , 2023
An extraordinary learning opportunity
BEST Startup Experience 2023 is an application-based experiential learning opportunity that empowers students to build a business from an idea. Participation is open to all post-secondary students who are interested in entrepreneurship, working in high tech and making an impact in the world.
The experience begins with you, the student, joining a team and taking on a problem or challenge. You will then find a solution and turn it into a prototype through an iterative design sprint framework, all with the help of mentors dedicated to helping your team build a business plan. Upon completion, your team will present the project with a pitch presentation to judges from various industries.
We encourage you to consider tackling one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SGDs), tackling these challenges is a key objective at the Lassonde School of Engineering as we work to create a better world for all.
By participating in the BEST Startup Experience, you will gain the vital skills needed to succeed in both your career and your own ventures, like launching your own startup or acting as a key leader in an organization. You will also be able to apply the tools, techniques and skills you learn in your personal life. Finally, you will learn how to work with a team to create an impressive project that you can showcase on your resume and portfolio.
Please make sure to highlight your passion and motivation in your application. After the event, you will receive support to turn your concept into a reality. In addition, the top three pitches will receive prize money.
Join us and discover entrepreneurship through this engaging event!
Application deadline is February 17, 2023 11:30PM.
Sign up individually on Eventbrite and pay the $10 fee.
Who can apply?
Participation is open to all post-secondary students(upper year undergrad, Masters and PhDs) who are interested in entrepreneurship, working in high tech and making an impact in the world.
The $10 fee is to ensure student commitment because there are quite a lot of teamwork activities during the event that requires your full commitment so you can create a great project in collaboration with your team.
The $10 fee will be refunded back to the original method of payment upon completion of the BEST Start Up Experience and Reflection Survey Submission.
The second application form will be shared with all students who signed up on Eventbrite by February 17th, 2023.
A few takeaways from 2022 participants
“My Biggest takeaway was the efficiency with which out group showed, whether it be researching for up and coming technologies and incorporating them in our product, or thinking about how to effectively market the product. This experience gave a greater appreciation of working with teams and like minded people.”
“The biggest takeaway from this experience was working in teams. When working in teams, I learned to communicate more effectively with fellow peers. This is significant as in the real workplace, being able to offer ideas and explain them clearly to others, will come a long way. Also, building trust among others is very important, and also comes a long way.”
“My biggest takeaway from this experience was that as the future generation, it is in our power to build or grow something to help the world especially during these times.”
“My biggest takeaway was the belief that persistence and hard work bring success. I learned more about myself which includes my collaborative skills, communication skills etc. This startup experience gave me an insight on how unique we can think and work.”
“I learned how effective teamwork can be and how having a diverse team can help with coming up with out-of-the-box ideas. I learned more about my strength areas and with help of the mentor I learned about techniques that I can use in real life.”
“I’ve learned that half the battle of do something worthwhile is putting yourself out there.”
“I gained a huge confidence boost from the experience. Working with strangers that I had never met before and being able to come up with a pitch that we were happy with under such a tight time constraint was very eye opening. It helped me feel comfortable under pressure and improved my communication. Very glad I participated.”
“Going through this activity I didn’t think the miro board was a good start. However, towards the end of our project when we were creating our pitch. We often looked back at the miro board. It was a very useful tool that helped us organize our ideas, problems and solutions. It’s better not to rush to the conclusion but rather question the problems.”
(Financial And Business Economics)
“My biggest takeaway was to learn about how to develop a start up. I learnt how to start from the basic step like identifying the problem and have 10 stages further on. The steps really simplified he process.”
What’s the Design Sprint?
What’s in it for you?
Discover your passion
Identify problems and develop solutions
Understand desirability, feasibility and viability concepts
Learn the tools and techniques to broaden your perspective
Foster teamwork, leadership, communication and project management skills
Develop an interesting project for your resume and portfolio
Build your network with students, mentors and advisors
Fri, Mar 10
5:30 pm – 10:30pm
Root cause analysis
Formulate a “How Might We” statement
Sat morning, Mar 11
9:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Pitch & get feedback from mentor/partner team
Sat evening, Mar 11
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Identify first customers
Barriers to adoption
Desirability, feasibility, and viability
Sun, Mar 12
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Preliminary pitches and feedback
Closing ceremony and prize announcement
Become a Mentor
Mentorship is a key part of this experiential learning event, providing immense value to students as they gain invaluable advice from someone experienced and build their professional networks.
Mentors highlight the design sprint process, facilitate teamwork and guide students through the event.
By becoming a mentor, you will gain valuable experience and build meaningful relationships with other aspiring student entrepreneurs.
Become a Volunteer
Volunteering is a unique opportunity to get involved on campus and give back to your community.
By becoming a volunteer you will get to meet with students from different backgrounds and broaden your network.
Frequently Asked Questions
As you fill out the application, we will ask you to provide some information about yourself, your skills, your passions and a potential challenge that you would like to address. Prior to the event, students will receive their admission to the experience and the next steps they need to complete.
● Presentation quality
In addition, the winning teams will be invited to join the BEST Lab and access various resources such as mentorship, coaching and connections to continue building their projects.