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Innovation Launchpad @ CUE

Explore and Develop Your Business Ideas

What is Innovation Launchpad?

Innovation Launchpad is Concordia University of Edmonton’s (CUE) flagship entrepreneurship education program that supports all CUE members (students, staff, faculty, and recent alumni) from every program to become founders and changemakers in their fields — starting a new company with a product or service that fits a market need.

This 6-week program supports individuals or startup teams through the startup process — from ideation to developing a solution for paying customers. For Winter 2023, we are offering an option of a cohort-based program with your peers, and/or one-on-one coaching. The program includes a series of workshops, expert sessions and dedicated support for CUE members.

Innovation Launchpad is a space to explore an idea, like a sandbox, and to provide design thinking and business perspectives to help you polish your idea into a viable, feasible and desirable company for you to lead. Previous Innovation Launchpad graduates have developed: apps; an innovative recycling solution; a machine learning-based technology; new processes; new product lines; public health-related ideas; and online stores.

The grand finale of the program is the Innovation Launchpad showcase, which is a pitch competition with a panel of judges where participants present their projects and compete for a variety of prizes.

Program Objectives

  1. Learn about entrepreneurship and explore entrepreneurship as a career path
  2. Discover problems that have feasible, viable and desirable solutions that could become a successful company in the future.
  3. Share your passion about your research project and about its commercialization potential
  4. Build entrepreneurial thinking skills
  5. Enhance your resume and early-career experience
  6. Connect with the Edmonton Innovation Ecosystem of support services, grants, and industry connections to help your startup thrive

Interested? Register today or book a meeting with one of the business coaches to tell us more about your idea and we can help you learn more about the resources specifically available to you.

Register for Innovation Launchpad at CUE

Cost

Free to all CUE students, staff, faculty, and alumni (graduated within 12-months)

Start Date of Group Cohort

Meeting every Monday for 6-weeks (except Reading Week): Monday, January 16, 2023 – Monday, February 27, 2023

Individual Coaching

Ongoing rolling enrollment – coaching available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Book when you would like a weekly meeting for 6-weeks by emailing both:

Isha Katyal, Associate Vice-President Innovation, isha.katyal@concordia.ab.ca and CUE Executive in Residence with Innovate Edmonton kathleen.norman@concordia.ab.ca

Innovation Launchpad Showcase

Friday, March 10, 2023 – afternoon/evening (TBD)

Registration closes Friday, December, 23, 2022 for both the cohort-based Innovation Launchpad or one-on-one coaching.

Receive one-on-one coaching

Receive infrastructure and cash* support to fund startup costs

Present at the Innovation Launchpad Showcase and win more prizes and connect with innovators

Questions?

Email questions related to this program to:
Isha Katyal, Associate Vice-President Innovation, at isha.katyal@concordia.ab.ca