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U of Ottawa launches student start-up accelerator


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 12th, 2018

The University of Ottawa (uOttawa) is launching a new nine-month program to help students create their own start-ups.

MakerLaunch provides students with access to the university’s network of alumni and business professionals for advice and mentorship. The program also provides co-working space and high-tech equipment to help students build their prototypes. The most promising start-up projects will be eligible for up to $50,000 in grant money.

According to Kyle Bournes, who has been spearheading the MakerLaunch initiative for uOttawa, the goal for the program is to prepare students so that, after they’ve graduated, they are ready to enter their start-ups into other accelerator programs in the city.

“We want to use this as an opportunity to complement the ecosystem to make it that much better five, 10, 15 years down the road,” says Bournes.

MakerLaunch is looking primarily for students, recent alumni or founders who already have a start-up with an early product or revenue. Applications are open now, and the program is expected to being in early 2019.

Source: Ottawa Business Journal

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