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An extraordinary learning opportunity

BEST Startup Experience 2022 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 March 3rd 2022 11:59PM.

What’s the Design Sprint?

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
Launch 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

Program Schedule

Pre-event

Prior to March 11

Introduction

Opportunity discovery

User need

Root cause analysis

Formulate a “How Might We” statement

Fri, Mar 11

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Solution ideation

Solution selection

User need

Pitch & get feedback from mentor/partner team

Solution validation/prototyping

Sat, Mar 12

9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Refine solution

Identify first customers

Barriers to adoption

Desirability, feasibility, and viability

Business case/Intro to pitching

Sun, Mar 13

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Preliminary pitches and feedback

Final judging

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The event is designed for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students from all disciplines. The BEST Startup Experience is a great experiential learning opportunity that provides a safe space for you to tackle challenges, meet new people, learn new processes and explore your passions and strengths.
We are not accepting applications from high-school students. If you are in high-school, please wait for the STEM Entrepreneur bootcamp in summer or UNHACK event in fall 2022.

Note: If you are not a post-secondary, please click on email us (below) to see how you might be able to take part in this event.
You and your team will be required to come up with your own challenge to solve, based on your passions, no challenges given out.
One of greatest parts about taking part in the BEST Startup Experience is meeting other students who are inspired to change the world, who knows, you might meet your new best friend here! So, don’t worry – you do not have to come with a team. However, if you do have a team, you are welcome to participate with them.

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, you will be placed into a team based on the information that you share on your application.
Projects are judged based on the following criteria:
● Innovativeness,
● Desirability,
● Feasibility,
● Viability,
● Presentation quality
The first place: $1500; second place: $1000 and third place: $500. All participants will also receive a $15 Uber Eats gift card upon completion of the second day.

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.
For information and challenges in last year’s event:

BEST STARTUP EXPERIENCE 2021

BEST STARTUP EXPERIENCE 2020

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This Year’s Partners

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