Laurier’s incubator, LaunchPad, provides unparalleled support, mentorship and resources to startups founded by Laurier students + alumni.
Once you have tested your startup idea in Laurier’s innovative curriculum, you can apply to LaunchPad, located in the Communitech Hub in Waterloo and in the Research & Academic Building on the Brantford Campus, to make your idea happen.
How it Works
LaunchPad provides dedicated workspace free of charge for Laurier startups at:
- The Communitech Hub (Kitchener)
- The Accelerator Centre (Waterloo)
- The Research & Academic Building (Laurier Brantford)
The program operates in two parts:
LaunchPad Start focuses on achieving your product-solution fit through iteration and customer interviews. By the end of this part of the program, you will have confidence in whether your venture concept is viable.
LaunchPad Scale is for proven venture startups that are ready for rapid growth. Through the program you will grow your venture with the aide of mentors and the resources you require.
Current LaunchPad Companies
Yes, to be accepted into the Laurier LaunchPad, at minimum, you must have a clear concept for a realistic, scalable venture with a solid value proposition that you will be able to create.
Entry is competitive so the more developed your venture is, the better.
Laurier students and alumni are eligible to apply to LaunchPad. You may have supporting team members from other institutions or from the community at large.
At Laurier Brantford, the program is open to students, alumni and community members.
Intake happens three times per year. Applications are accepted before the start of the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.
Being a part of LaunchPad will provide you with access to our vast network of experienced entrepreneurs and mentors who can guide you through the process of building your business. LaunchPad startups have access to our workspace available in the Communitech Hub in Kitchener-Waterloo, and are also able to apply for special funding opportunities such as the AC JumpStart funding.