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Student Entrepreneurship Sprint


Applications for this program are currently closed

The Entrepreneurship Sprint is an entrepreneurial work-integrated learning (EWIL) experience that allows early-stage student entrepreneurs, who have a new idea, to gain the knowledge and mindset required to pursue and validate their idea.

The program is a paid 5-week sprint that introduces students to startups and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The program, through mentorship, peer networking, and coursework, equips new entrepreneurs with the foundations to not only successfully validate an idea but to bring an entrepreneurial mindset into future careers and workplaces.

By the end of the 5-week sprint, students will have the confidence to make an informed decision to pivot or persist. This experiential sprint contributes to an understanding of innovation and builds student awareness of the practical experiences of entrepreneurs and how they create value.

Course Schedule (February 2021)

February 16th @ 4:00 PM: Kick Off

February 19th @ 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM: Group Advisory Session 1

February 26th @ 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM: Group Advisory Session 2

March 5th @ 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM: Group Advisory Session 3

March 12th @ 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM: Group Advisory Session 4

March 18th @ 4:00 PM: Final Pitches and Wrap Up Session

Eligibility & Commitment

Students must be located in Alberta. This program is open to post-secondary students across Alberta who have an idea for a startup or are currently pursuing a startup venture (note: research projects are not supported).

Students applying must commit to participate in all program workshops and events online.

The Entrepreneurship Sprint is a 6-8 hour per week commitment including five 60-minute asynchronous digital lectures, five 60 minute group advising sessions, and individual work to meet the goals set each week.

1 student per startup founding team.


Receive a $500 grant for your work provided by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University.

Participating Post-Secondaries

  • Bow Valley College
  • Lakeland College
  • Lethbridge College 
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Mount Royal University
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 
  • Northern Lakes College
  • Olds College
  • Portage College
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • The King’s University 
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge

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Students that are a fit, able to commit to the workload, and willing to be coached through the program will be accepted.