Western Accelerator

Our program is an immersive education in entrepreneurship for high-potential ventures. Accepted founders will receive mentorship, education, and $9,000 in funding. Applications are now open. Apply by March 1, 2021 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

Applications for our next cohort open February 2021. 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.

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 March 1, 2021 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)

Blees Technologies Inc. logo

Blees Technologies Inc.

We are educational innovators who believe in transforming and improving the teaching experience and in turn positively impact students learning and maximize their potential. Blees AI applies the latest research in natural language processing to automatically grade students' responses to domain-specific essay questions and provide instant and customized feedback to them.

Founder: Sojin Lee

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CHIPEET

Chipeet's mission is to bring easily accessible, ethnically inspired snacks to the retail and e-commerce space. Chipeet's leading product is plantain chips, manufactured in Canada with unique flavours to choose from. We are also focused on sustainable farming practices; our sustainability mission is to reduce plantain wastage, thereby increasing the income for the farmer and financial viability of the farms.

Co-Founders: Martin Ugo and Omar Ali

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CRANK Lite Beverage Corp.

CRANK Lite Lager is a new Craft Beer made BY young Canadians, FOR young Canadians. We found that the current market only had beers that were either high-quality yet expensive or lower quality but affordable. At CRANK, we wanted to fill this gap and create a high quality, affordable beer marketed directly at young adults.

Founder: Michael Woolfson and Jack Jelinek

    

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Healthy Eats Inc.

Healthy Eats is a meal prep delivery service. We deliver nutritious chef prepared meals right to peoples door that does not sacrifice quality of product. All of Healthy Eats food is locally sourced right here in London, ON. We offer personal and family programs to help with your busy lives. Everything is free of Gluten and Dairy. Convenience without Compromise.

Founder: Luke Thomas

  

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Legal Edison

LegalEdison uses technology to make reading and citing case law faster than ever. LegalEdison's first product quickly summarizes case law to extract the most important paragraphs. Additionally, LegalEdison provides insights on the parties involved as well as legal concepts before you even need to read the case.

Founder: Aniket Bhatt and Zac Yungblut

    

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LoWo Golf Ltd.

LoWo Golf designs uniquely patterned golf gloves to help the next generation of golfers stand out from their high socked fore-bearers. Made from 100% Cabretta leather, LoWo Golf's one of a kind gloves are designed to feel great and look even better.

Founder: Lucas Wong

    

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Tournkey Event Ecosystem

Tournkey is an innovative event ecosystem changing the way all stakeholders own, operate, and participate in sporting events. Made possible through the integration of a stand-alone platform where all the tools needed to run the world's best events finally rest in one place.

Founder: Tyler Childs

    

Accelerator Alumni (Top)

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Thalamus Assistive Technologies Inc.

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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