Western Accelerator

Western Accelerator is open to Western students, faculty, staff and alumni. It is an intense, rapid and immersive education in entrepreneurship for those building high-potential ventures.


Winter 2020 Cohort Applications Open!

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Deadline to apply: November 3, 2019

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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.


What we do

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/

Applications can be found here!

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.


Timeline

The Western Accelerator consists of 3 cohorts per year (Fall, Winter and Summer) and are all 16 weeks in duration. 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 - August
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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Auspre

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Past cohort (Top)

Aquatell

Auxe

Ascend

Hairstrong

Cohesys

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Front Line

Myoprynt Nutrition Inc.

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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

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Boho Bakeshop

Boho Bakeshop

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Dibbzz

Dibbzz

Lawerly

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Sugar and Co

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Os and Oakes

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Plentiful

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Supports Health

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bCLUTCH

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Orca

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Motif

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Miistro

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