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Do you have a business idea? A problem you think needs to be solved in a new and innovative way? Or, maybe a policy solution or social impact strategy? Are you interested in learning more about entrepreneurship?

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Collide is a six-week program designed to help give students a taste of the skills needed to be an entrepreneur.

*Applications for Collide’s Winter 2023 program open January 6, 2023.*

About the Collide program

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

Collide help’s students learn how to match a problem to a solution, determine their business’s value proposition, learn the basics of human-centered design, and much more.

This program runs twice per year – once in the fall, and once in the winter. The fall program is designed to be introductory, while the winter sessions dive deeper into topics introduced in the fall. Students do not need to attend the fall sessions to participate in the winter cohort but should come with a rough business idea. 

There may be up to one hour of take-home content between sessions. This means the full commitment is three hours per week.

Eligibility

  • You must be a student at an Atlantic Canadian university or college (applications from Arts and Social Science students are encouraged)
  • You must be available for the six sessions listed below
  • You want to learn more about entrepreneurship
  • You have a potential business idea (no matter how rough)

Benefits to students

  • Participants will receive a $200 stipend if they attend all sessions and complete assignments
  • Refreshments will be provided
  • Eligible for your CCR (Co-Curricular Record)
  • De-risk your start-up idea and/or learn about what it takes to start a business
  • Prepare for further Dal Innovates programming
  • Network with other current and future entrepreneurs

Offered on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm beginning October 5, 2022 and ending November 2, 2022. Sessions will be held in Room 2600 of the Killam Library.  Per Dalhousie’s mandate, masks will be required at all sessions.

 

Apply by September 26, 2022

October 5 (Session 1): Introduction to Entrepreneurship

October 12 (Week 2): Design Thinking & The Lean Canvas

October 19 (Week 3): Primary Market Research

October 26 (Week 4): TBD

November 2 (Week 5): Entrepreneurship Panel & Closing

Offered on Wednesdays from 4:00- 5:30 p.m. beginning February 1, 2023 and ending March 15, 2023. Sessions will be held in Room 2600 of the Killam Library.  Per Dalhousie’s mandate, masks will be required at all sessions.

 

Apply by January 25, 2023.

Applications

Applications for Winter Collide 2023 are open January 6, 2023! Apply before January 25, 2023 to secure your spot. 

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Collide is made possible by the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)