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Your pathway to Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Lean LaunchPad course

Do you want to learn how to develop an idea into something tangible? Are you keen to enhance your employability skills for the startup world and beyond? Or do you simply want to further your understanding of what it takes to be innovative and entrepreneurial? StartupReady is the program for you!

An entrepreneurial mindset is fueled by curiosity, geared towards problem-solving, and driven by a desire to bring about change in the world. This mindset and its accompanying skill sets are valuable across disciplines and can help distinguish you in a wide variety of workplaces, within and beyond the tech sector.

StartupReady will initiate you into the world of entrepreneurship and innovation by bringing you through a series of experiences to help you:

  • Build your entrepreneurial mindset and skills in the areas of agile management, presentation & storytelling, customer discovery, prototyping and design thinking; and

  • Expand your network with like-minded peers and industry leaders through collaborating with students across disciplines and engaging in a real-time entrepreneurial challenge.

Be StartupReady in three easy steps!


How it works and how to apply

Step 1: Innovation & Entrepreneurship workshops with FutureReady & GradProSkills

There are a total of six workshops that comprise the StartupReady program. Graduate students register though GradProSkills and undergraduate students register through FutureReady.

Before entry to The Lean LaunchPad online course (Step 2), it is strongly recommended that you complete:

Before entry to the Entrepreneurial Challenge (Step 3), you will additionally need to complete:


Step 2: Join the "How to Build a Start-Up: The Lean LaunchPad" course facilitated by D3

You will have four weeks to complete The Lean LaunchPad online course, which includes four weekly, 1-hour facilitated check-ins with D3.

The next cohort starts Friday, January 22, 2021.  The group will meet weekly on January 22, 29, February 5 and 12 from 11-12pm. Register now


Step 3: Apply for the 6-week intensive StartupReady Entrepreneurial Challenge, led by D3 team

Join a small group of carefully selected students for an immersive, six-week experience rooted in teamwork and problem-solving. This final step on the StartupReady pathway requires you to apply the skills and knowledge you gained from the workshops and online startup course to a real-time challenge.

The next StartupReady Entrepreneurial Challenge will start run in March 2021. You will need to dedicate 3hrs/week to the StartupReady Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The application form will be available on this page in January 2021. Spaces are limited to twenty students. 



StartupReady Certificate

Upon completion of all three steps of Concordia’s StartupReady program, you will earn a StartupReady certificate and be ready to contribute to Montreal’s vibrant start-up community, and beyond. 

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