International Start-Up

A QUICK LOOK: INTERNATIONAL START-UP TRACK


PARTICIPANTS

YEDI accepts international entrepreneurs from any country. A Selection Committee comprised of industry experts and partners will evaluate applications based on set criteria.

INDUSTRIES

YEDI is sector agnostic and will consider start-up businesses from any industry.

VENTURE FAIR

Entrepreneurs need as many opportunities as possible to showcase their companies. Upon successful completion of the accelerator program, YEDI participants will present their businesses at the exclusive Venture Fair and pitch for the opportunity to receive funding from YEDI’s own venture capital fund, as well as potential financing from other members of our investor audience. Successful entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to obtain a Letter of Support from an angel investor group, a venture capital fund or a business incubator in attendance who are designated by the Government of Canada under its Start-Up Visa program.

The Venture Fair provides a concrete opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their business plan, models, and milestones to an investor audience, as well as create Canadian industry partnerships that will take their venture to the next step in development and success.

 

 

 

Upcoming Sessions:

     January 9 – 18, 2019 – Moscow, Russia 

February 24 – March 8, 2019 – Toronto, Canada

May 7 – 23, 2019 – Toronto, Canada (including attendance of Collision Conference 2019)

 August 5 – 16, 2019 Tel Aviv, Israel

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PROGRAM
Accepted participants undergo either an intensive two-week program or semester-long program that include formal academic lectures by Schulich Executive Education Centre instructors, workshop-based training in entrepreneurship, and mentorship by key industry leaders. Students will get familiarized with the Canadian business landscape and meet with organizations supporting small business growth and development, including BDC, Venture Lab and law firms, among other major organizations. Upon program completion, entrepreneurs will have a professionally developed business plan, executive summary, and a proper business model that will be ready to pitch and potentially bring to the Canadian market. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive an official certificate from The Schulich School of Business (York University) and York Entrepreneurship Development Institute.
LOCATION & ACCOMMODATIONS
Participants will reside and study in the state-of-the-art Schulich Executive Education Centre located on York University campus in Toronto, Ontario.
*Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Invitation from Schulich Executive Education Centre, to obtain appropriate Visa.
ACTIVITIES
Along with exploring Canada’s business landscape, students will also explore Canada through unique sightseeing tours during weekends.
PROGRAM FEES

Program fees option 1- $10,250 USD include:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation
  • 2 meals per day/ Graduation banquet
  • All activities including sightseeing tours

Program fees option 2- $8,000 USD include: 

  • Tuition
  • NO accommodations
  • 1 meal per day/ Graduation banquet
  • All activities including sightseeing tours

Limited need-based scholarships available for social impact ventures, please indicate your request on the application form (upload as a supporting document). Please note, should your scholarship request be denied, your application will no longer be considered for the program. 


*All accepted applicants are responsible for arranging appropriate documentation (including Canadian Visa) and transportation to Toronto, Ontario.

For complete program fee information please contact us.

 

CURRICULUM COMPONENTS


LECTURES

Students participate in lectures facilitated by Schulich Executive Education Centre professors, providing a solid foundation in Canadian business theory and economics. Theory examined includes entrepreneurship, marketing and sales strategy, business development and growth, finance, and communication skills.

SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

A successful entrepreneur quickly needs to learn where s/he lacks expertise and requires a network of support. Students will participate in seminars and workshops, facilitated by YEDI professors, that will prepare them for real-life application of theory in Canada, to achieve inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Topics include: visioning & environmental scanning, financial planning, and legal matters of Canadian business.

MENTORSHIP

Entrepreneurs will be matched with subject matter experts across diverse industries. The YEDI Program Coordinator will ensure that volunteer mentors from pertinent sectors are available for valuable insight, problem-solving, and networking opportunities.

PEER CLUSTERS & MILESTONES

Entrepreneurs often benefit by sharing best practices, challenges, and accomplishments with one another. The YEDI Director coordinates regular entrepreneur cluster meetings to facilitate constructive feedback, group exercises, and peer-support. Students are also expected to complete milestone deliverables that are assigned to guide the business development process. Each milestone and achieved goal will form a component of the final proof-of-concept, with which the entrepreneur will graduate the program.

VENTURE FAIR

Entrepreneurs need as many opportunities as possible to showcase their companies. Upon successful completion of the accelerator program, YEDI participants will present their businesses at the exclusive Venture Fair and pitch for the opportunity to receive funding from YEDI’s own venture capital fund, as well as potential financing from other members of our investor audience. Successful entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to obtain a Letter of Support from an angel investor group, a venture capital fund or a business incubator in attendance who are designated by the Government of Canada under its Start-Up Visa program.

The Venture Fair provides a concrete opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their business plan, models, and milestones to an investor audience, as well as create Canadian industry partnerships that will take their venture to the next step in development and success.

COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT


A business will not survive in a competitive market if it lacks customer service, people management skills, and is unable to relate well to clients, vendors, and staff. Students will take in both a lecture and a seminar involving key components of business communication skills. Our partner 3V Communications helps entrepreneurs with their business branding, writing, communication tactics and pitch presentations, tailored specifically for the Canadian and North American market.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicant is the venture’s founder; co-founder(s) will be considered;
  • Any adult age or background;
  • A unique and innovative idea that is in raw, seed, early, or growth stage;
  • For-profit startup
  • Applicant(s) is able to travel to Toronto, ON for program. Successful applicants will receive a letter of invitation from Shulich Executive Education Centre, in order to obtain appropriate visa;
  • An ability to communicate in English equivalent to a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5;
  • Completion of one year of study in a post-secondary institution;

International

  • State the existing name of your venture. If you do not have one yet, please come up with a creative and relevant title for your idea (this is not binding).
  • Please provide a quick profile of yourself and your co-founders.
  • Tell Us About Your Venture

  • Please describe your product and/or service and value proposition in one sentence.
  • hat is the gist of your venture? What problem or market gap is your idea serving? How is your idea innovative? (max. 150 words)
  • What makes your venture unique and desirable? What sets you up for success against the competition? (max. 100 words)
  • Describe your target audience and user/customer acquisition strategy? What is the market demand/climate for your product/service? (max. 150 words)
  • If available.
  • Separated by comma, if available.
  • Please provide any relevant documents that validate or verify the context of your idea, e.g. market research, patent confirmation, etc. Please upload a "zip" folder if you have more than one document you would like to provide.
  • Tell Us About You

  • Help us learn about your past projects and personal qualities. (max. 200 words)
  • (max. 100 words)
  • What do you hope to get from the program and how will you use the training and access to networks to succeed? What are the milestones you would like to achieve throughout and by the end of the session?
  • Do you have academic or professional training within the field(s)?
    This program is only available to applicants who currently hold no status in Canada.
    In order to successfully complete the program and present the venture to funders, participants must attend each daily session for the duration of the 2-week program.