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Venture Lab

Universal business incubator

The Conestoga Venture Lab helps early-stage startups in any industry validate and develop their business idea over the course of 15 weeks, with eligible companies staying in the lab for up to one year. Featuring small cohorts that start three times a year, the Venture Lab takes a customized approach to address every founder's unique needs. 

Rolling applications are now open for the Venture Lab.

Those interested in applying for Spring COOP are invited to join us for an information session on January 25 at 2 p.m. on Zoom. Register here

General information sessions: coming soon

Important dates:

  • Applications close: March 30, 2024
  • Spring 2024 starts: May 6, 2024

APPLY HERE 

Your challenges

What we offer in the Venture Lab

When you have been accepted to join the Conestoga Venture Lab, here's what you can expect from the experience. 

Best practices in new venture creation are an excellent place to start. We tailor the journey to suit the type of business and industry of each entrepreneur. 

Benefit from the expertise and experience of our Venture coaches. We provide personal attention to your business and work to co-create your success.

No one knows everything. We curate a group of mentors relevant to your specific venture needs from discovery to filling knowledge gaps.

You’re only human. We are focused on promoting the potential of every person in the lab. Building skills to empower success today and tomorrow. 
  

What we look for in Venture Lab applicants

We’re looking for Conestoga’s most-promising entrepreneurs who have what it takes to bring their vision to life. Interested applicants must have:

  • A business idea that solves a real problem or leverages a market opportunity.
  • A driven and coachable founder or founding team.
  • The technical skills required to start the business, or a co-founder strategy to fill the gaps.
  • Commitment. To the business. To the process. To the goal.  

Eligibility 

  • Full-time or part-time Conestoga students in any program, from any campus
  • Recent graduates of Conestoga
  • Alumni of Conestoga, regardless of graduation date

Venture Lab team

uche Onuora

Uche Onuora

Venture coach

Kemar Lawrence

Kemar Lawrence

Venture coach

LiftOff by CCAWR

The Conestoga Entrepreneurship Collective is proud to collaborate with the Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region to develop and deliver a new incubator and accelerator program for Black early-stage and growth entrepreneurs in Waterloo Region and Wellington County. If you are a Black founder and not a member of the Conestoga community, this is a great way to access the expertise to launch your business and connect with the Black entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region. Find out more at: https://www.liftoffbyccawr.com/about.  

Rolling applications are now open for the Venture Lab.

Those interested in applying for Spring COOP are invited to join us for an information session on January 25 at 2 p.m. on Zoom. Register here

General information sessions: coming soon

Important dates:

  • Applications close: March 30, 2024
  • Spring 2024 starts: May 6, 2024

APPLY HERE 

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