Fall 2021 Session


The Expression of Interest form closed on October 22nd, 2021 at 12pm. Applications for the Winter Collide program will open in the new year.

Do you have a business idea?  A problem you think needs to be solved in a new and innovative way? Would you like to be a start-up founder?

90% of start-ups fail. There are a lot of reasons for this – but a common reason is that there is a mismatch between the product founders create, and what a potential customer actually wants to pay for. This is why high-quality customer discovery is important.

Collide is a four-week program designed to help give students the skills and confidence they need to validate their business ideas. We will help students learn to combat their fear of reaching out to potential customers, be aware of confirmation bias, and ask the right questions to discover the real problems their customers are facing.

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and are interested in learning how to customer discovery, but you haven’t identified a problem?  No worries! Email Rachel Morgan at we’ll help you identify a potential idea or problem to validate.

This program will run twice – once in the fall semester, and once in the winter. It is recommended that students participate in both sessions, as the winter session will be more advanced. Seats are limited in both sessions! Complete the Expression of Interest form below.

Note that session will take place in person unless public health guidelines change. All COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed. Please contact us if you would like to inquire about virtual options.

Session Dates & Location

Fall Session: Offered on Wednesdays from 5-7pm beginning October 27 and ending November 24, in Room 2600 of the Killam Library

Winter Session: Dates to be determined


  • Be a student at an Atlantic Canadian university or college
  • Be available for the four session dates listed below
  • Have an entrepreneurial idea

Note: You are able to sign up as an individual or as a startup team. Please indicate which one you are in the Expression of Interest form.

Benefits to Students

  • Participants will receive a $200 stipend if they attend all sessions
  • Refreshments will be provided
  • Eligible for your CCR (Co-Curricular Record)
  • De-risk your start-up idea
  • Prepare for further Dal Innovates programming
  • Network with other entrepreneurs

Overview of Content

October 27 (Session 1) – Idea generation & team formation
November 3 (Session 2) – Introduction to Lean Canvas
November 17 (Session 3) – Customer Discovery & Problem-Solution Fit
November 24 (Session 4) –  Business Pitching & Wrap Up

Note that there will be 1-2 hours of take-home content between sessions. This means the full time commitment is 3-5 hours per week.

Registration Details

Registration for the Fall session is now closed. Please email Rachel Morgan, Program Manager at if you have any questions.