Western Accelerator

Our program is an immersive education in entrepreneurship for high-potential ventures. Accepted founders will receive mentorship, education, and $12,000 in funding. Applications are now open. Click here for application instruction. Apply by November 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET. How to Apply!




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Who we are

Launched in January 2017, the Western Accelerator provides an intense, rapid and immersive education for prospective entrepreneurs. Our goal is to accelerate the life cycle of high potential ventures and to compress a year’s worth of learning into a few months for their entrepreneurs.

The Western Accelerator is a critical component of the cross-campus Western Entrepreneurship ecosystem and is open to Western students, faculty, and recent alumni with an expectation of a full-time commitment. The Western Accelerator program is made possible by the support of our generous sponsors: Libro Credit Union and StarTech.com


What to expect

During their time in the accelerator, teams can expect:

As part of your Western Accelerator experience, you can expect to participate in a weekly workshop that will give you the education and real-world feedback that you need to launch your business. Workshop topics can include:


Eligibility Requirements

We look for teams who have a high-potential to scale and who meet the following criteria:


What we look for

We look for startups who have completed product development and are ready to launch! If you are still in the idea or build stage, you may not be a good fit for the Accelerator yet. Teams who are in early stages can find great resources available for you at Western’s Propel Entrepreneurship Centre.

Competitive applications for the Accelerator are startups who have high potential to scale (i.e. have IP and/or have a clear competitive advantage addressing a large potential market). We also look for a founding team who have the skills, ability and determination to launch their product offering into the market.


Technology Readiness

Teams applying to the Accelerator should have a functioning prototype or minimum viable product (MVP) that can be offered to their customers.

You don’t have to have every feature or offering built and ready to sell. In fact, we encourage you to test your MVP early and often so you can build and shape your business based on customer feedback.


Application process

Entrance to the Accelerator is a competitive process. We accept 6-8 teams per Semester (Fall, Winter and Summer).

There are two parts to the application to the Western Accelerator.


Stage 1

All teams are required to submit a written application that consists of:

  1. Write a one-page letter stating why you believe you will benefit from participation in the Western Accelerator and how you will contribute to others success.
  2. Create a 10-page slide deck to describe your business. Please follow the guidelines prescribed by Guy Kawasaki here: https://guykawasaki.com/the-only-10-slides-you-need-in-your-pitch/
  3. Create a 60 second pitch video. We’re looking for a clear, concise pitch of your business. You will not be evaluated on the quality of the recording.

Applications for our next cohort open October 2020. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified of applications opening.


Stage 2

Applications are reviewed by an external panel, and the top ranked teams will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a selection committee. Each team has 10 minutes to pitch their startup, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

Apply   Deadline to apply is November 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.


Timeline

The Western Accelerator consists of 3 cohorts per year (Fall, Winter and Summer). The Fall and Winter terms are for teams who have an MVP that is ready to go to market. These cohorts are all 16 weeks in duration. The summer cohort is designed for validation-stage startups who have put significant effort to understand their business model and are ready to validate their idea with early adopters.

Applications close 2 months prior to the beginning of the cohort as per the chart below

Cohort Fall Winter Summer
Duration September - December January - April May - July
Applications Open June October February
Applications Close July November March
Interviews July November March

Please visit our website regularly or join our email list for exact dates.





Current cohort (Top)

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Apricotton

Apricotton solves the uncomfortable bra shopping experience for tween girls by designing bras made for their body type. Our bras grow as the girl grows to last through multiple stages of puberty. Through our e-commerce model, girls can try on their bra in the comfort of their own home. Our mission is to help them feel confident during their most awkward life stage: puberty.

Co-Founders: Jessica Miao and Chloe Beaudoin

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CLOVR CLUB INC.

At CloVR Club, we believe VR has unprecedented potential to eliminate geographic barriers and bring people together. Without the limitation of physical distance, we're able to factor in more information and find the absolute best people in the world for you. Whether you're looking for friendship, love, or something else, CloVR Club is the best place to connect with new people.

Co-Founders: Kyle McNamara and Anthony Tan

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Female Laboratory of Innovative Knowledge

FLIK is a platform & community hub connecting female founders / leaders and students across the world via meaningful apprenticeships. Founders get helping hands on their businesses and a network of powerful leaders, and students gain career-relevant experience, skills training, mentorship, and peer learning. These connections are elevating entrepreneurial womxn globally.

Co-Founders: Michelle Kwok and Ravina Anand

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Kabo Fresh Dog Food

Kabo fresh dog food is a pet food brand that delivers human-grade, cooked dog food all made and sourced in Canada shipped right to your door, with proportions based on your dog's profile.

Co-Founders: Vino Jeyapalan, Vijay Jeyapalan, and Zach Bernardi

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Marlow

At Marlow, we believe that menstrual products should be thoughtfully designed to meet everyone's unspoken needs. We're producing menstrual products driven by real people's concerns, starting with the first-ever lubricated tampon.

Founder: Simone Godbout

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MIXR

From virtual parties, live concerts with crowds, and large enterprise award shows. MIXR provides a socially focused virtual space to play games, listen to music, watch live events, and share social media all while hopping and mixing between rooms. Our goal is to promote natural interaction online and to make the best video chatting platform on the internet.

Co-Founders: Garvan Doyle and Blaze Cerovcec

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Thalamus Assistive Technologies Inc.

Thalamus specializes in assistive technologies for individuals with mobility impairments due to the effects of ageing or clinical conditions. Our mission is to identify reputable scientific evidence and transfer it into reliable and affordable products. Our solutions are beautifully designed and met your high safety standards to ensure customer satisfaction and improved quality of life.

Founder: Wagner de Souza Silva

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Untangle

Untangle Money helps women+ understand their Now Money and their Future Money. We're automating personal financial planning and removing jargon so women feel confident about their financial journey. We provide tailored, no-judgement financial guidance and education to hep your money go towards the things that matter to you. Untangle supports women+ with understanding and ownership of their financial choices.

Co-Founders: Kristine Beese, Ria Savla, and James Chew

Accelerator Alumni (Top)

Maxwell Group

Maxwell Group

AUXE

Avocado Core (AVO)

Hairstrong

ONPoint Medical

MakerBars

Auspre

Myoprynt Nutrition Inc.

Canadian Load Board

Penelopes

Amass Dynamic Data Solutions

ScrumGenius

Conquest Hockey Apparel

Thornbury Bakery

Shop Accessories 365

Aquatell

Auxe

Ascend

Hairstrong

Cohesys

MakerBars

Front Line

Myoprynt Nutrition Inc.

Aquatell

Penelope

Ascend

ScrumGenius (SmallCloud Technologies)

Cohesys

Thornbury Bakery

Front Line

Vidhug

Aquatell

Aquatell

Ascend

Ascend

Cohesys

Cohesys

Front Line

Front Line

HYY Selections

HYY Selections

Speak

Speak

Vitruvius VR

Vitruvius VR

Boho Bakeshop

Boho Bakeshop

North Strong Collective

North Strong Collective

Dibbzz

Dibbzz

Lawerly

Lawyerly

Sugar and Co

Sugar & Co.

Os and Oakes

Os & Oakes

Plentiful

Plentiful

Supports Health

Supports Health

bCLUTCH

bCLUTCH

For the Love of Laundry

For the Love of Laundry

Orca

Orca

Wingdeals.com

WingDeals.com

Motif

Motif

Miistro

Miistro

Pinch

Pinch

STMNT

STMNT

Evelynn

Evelynn by Nicole Snobelen

uMunch

uMunch

Sisterhood Media

Sisterhood Media

Brust

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