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2020-21 Innovation Launchpad @ CUE

Advancing Ideas Into Solutions In A Virtual Environment

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we learn, teach, interact, and share information. Educators and learners have been forced to pivot and adapt to a virtual environment, and have demonstrated tremendous resiliency.

To best support our students and foster a sense of entrepreneurship, we have modified our annual Innovation Launchpad @ CUE program and are proud to be offering a fully virtual program. The program is open to interested CUE students and registration is now open. (Registration will close on February 17, 2021.)

Creating An Environment for Entrepreneurship And Innovation

Our virtual 2021 program has two components: an Innovation Sprint and an Innovation Showcase. These components have been intentionally designed to provide students with inspiration and support, and equip them with the tools and knowledge needed to pursue and advance their ideas. 

Innovation Sprint:

A five-day program comprising virtual, action-based learning modules, the Innovation Sprint will challenge participants to ask questions, think critically, and build a strong foundation to bring their ideas to life. A facilitator will lead daily modules and guide participants through workshops to gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to brainstorm concepts, prototype solutions, and conduct end-user testing and interviews. Upon completion of the structured modules, the facilitator will be available to answer questions, and provide clarifications and tips to participants.

Innovation Showcase:

Following the Innovation Sprint, participants will have five days to implement learnings and prepare a 5 minute presentation to be shared at our annual Innovation Launchpad Showcase. At the showcase, each participant will present their idea, progress, and next steps to a panel of expert judges from across Edmonton’s innovation and entrepreneurship community, and prizes will be awarded. More details to follow. 

Registration will close on February 17, 2021.

Innovation Sprint Schedule

Note: All modules will be delivered virtually from 10am to noon. 

February 22Lean Canvas
Lean Canvas is a 1-page business plan template that helps you deconstruct your idea into its key assumptions
March 1Identify your Customers
In this workshop, you will learn some tips and tricks to identify early adopters and understand customer needs
March 8Plan your test
You will be introduced to tools that can help you develop assumptions regarding your idea and help you pick the optimal prototype
March 15Prototype development
Our facilitators will help you build a prototype for testing 
March 22Test the Prototype
We will help you test the proposed solution using the prototype and/or other testing methods

All the workshops will be facilitated by Startup Edmonton with support available from Isha Katyal, Director, Innovation and Industry at CUE and Dave Damer, Executive-in-Residence at CUE.

Innovation Launchpad Showcase

Our annual Innovation Launchpad Showcase will be held virtually on March 26, 2021 from 12:30pm to 2pm.

Eligibility and Commitment

Only full-time students registered in a program at CUE and recent CUE graduates (graduated in the last 12 months) are eligible to apply and participate in the program. All participants must commit to participate in all program workshops and events online.

In addition to the online workshops, participants will be required to meet the goals set during the sprint and for the duration of the program. To register, please click here. Registration will close on February 17, 2021.


Email questions related to this program to innovation@concordia.ab.ca or
Mike Wade, Director, CAAI at mike.wade@concordia.ab.ca