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Innovation Launchpad Pop-up Shop

Celebrating University Entrepreneurship

Launching a business can be a daunting task and an expensive one, too! Before investing time and money heavily into a business idea, it is important that businesses test the market need and genuinely understand their customer’s needs and wants. One cost-efficient way to do this is to host a public pop-up shop.

What is a Pop-up Shop?

Pop-up shops are an inexpensive alternative to permanent bricks and mortar shops that allow small and early stage businesses to test their ideas in the real world, get first-hand experience in the market, and connect with potential customers and users. 

Innovation Launchpad @ CUE Pop-up Shop

After a successful in-person pop-up shop in Tegler in January 2020, the Innovation Launchpad Pop-up Shop is back! This year, we’re hosting a pop-up shop to celebrate university entrepreneurship to highlight the hard work and innovation at CUE and across the campuses in Edmonton. These students and faculty have started companies in their own time to fulfill their passion projects. Each entrepreneur is at a different phase of their business development. This pop-up shop is an opportunity for these business owners to connect with the campus community, spread awareness, test their assumptions, and ultimately to strengthen their business idea through conversations with booth visitors.

At CUE, we support and celebrate university entrepreneurship at CUE and across all post-secondary campuses. We’re welcoming all student entrepreneurs and faculty members who have started companies to showcase their work at CUE’s second ever pop up shop that is open to the public. We’re also welcoming all students and staff to attend to support these hard working entrepreneurs to celebrate their efforts and help them reach the next phase of their business. 

How to Register as a Pop-up Shop Host?

Please fill out the form below to register. Registration is free!

Event Details

Monday, November 14, 2022 • 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Concordia University of Edmonton Robert Tegler Student Centre

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For students, staff and faculty on campus, on Monday, November 14, 2022, please make time to support your fellow students and faculty by visiting the pop-up shops in Tegler, to have some quality conversations or make a purchase at their booth. These booth visits will help to support entrepreneurial leaders in our community in advancing their ideas. 

As a bonus for event attendees, we’re offering a passport stamp for visiting each booth as an entry for winning CUE Innovation Launchpad swag. The passports will be available at the Innovation Launchpad table in Tegler.

Note: some students will be available at their pop-up shops between classes. So, if you miss meeting them, please come back after some time.

In case of questions about this event, please contact Isha Katyal, AVP-Innovation at isha.katyal@concordia.ab.ca.