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Applications to participate in Experience Ventures are now open. See below for program details and how to apply.

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Experience Ventures facilitates short-term entrepreneurial thinking placements for post-secondary students at innovation companies and organizations across Canada. This involves being creative by finding innovative solutions, taking initiative, exchanging knowledge across disciplines, being resourceful, and learning from experience.

This program provides an opportunity for students to become change-makers in an entrepreneurial placement and for companies to identify early talent from top-ranked colleges and universities.

Experience Ventures offers two styles of placements. Some involve students working on individual projects, while others are team efforts. Each placement involves actual companies, and a project students actively focus on.

Individual Opportunities

  • Project: An opportunity to work with a company. VentureLabs helps to match a student to a specific project proposed by a company. Each Project is 80 hours in duration. The participating student will receive honorarium of $825 via SFU after their placement.
  • Student-in-Residence: An opportunity to work with the VentureLabs team as we support and work with our member companies on specific projects. The placement is 80 hours in total. The participating student will receive an honorarium of $825 via SFU after their placement.

Group Opportunities

Most opportunities are for individual students to match with a specific project proposed by a company. However, VentureLabs is actively developing large-scale projects suitable for a team of students to collaborate on together. These opportunities range from 16 to 80 hour engagements.

Placements are intended to be part-time commitments, with the understanding that students are in school taking classes with multiple priorities outside the placement.

  1. Apply to participate in the Experience Ventures short-term entrepreneurial thinking placement.
    • Students apply for an entrepreneurial thinking placement facilitated by VentureLabs
    • Companies apply after identifying opportunities within their organization for students to gain meaningful experiences involved with a project
  2. SFU VentureLabs matches students based on their skills and aptitudes to businesses offering opportunities:
    • Students get the chance to review the details of their potential placement
    • Companies get a curated match to evaluate
  3. If a match is made:
    • Students engage with the company during the placement and experience an entrepreneurial environment first-hand
    • Companies provide in-kind support, such as time or expertise, and receive the benefit of having students contribute to projects at no cost to the company
  4. At the end of the short placement, students receive an honorarium. Students and companies are also asked to complete a quick evaluation.

Placements are intended to be a part-time commitment, with the understanding that students are in school taking classes with multiple priorities outside the placement.

Unless explicitly noted otherwise for selected group opportunities, all placements are 80 hours in total, part-time, at a schedule determined between the company and the student.

Recruitment of both students and ventures is actively under way. The program runs from June 2023 through February 2024, or until all positions are filled.

After receiving an application to participate, VentureLabs will reach out if there is an opportunity to match. Placements can begin on an ongoing basis.

SFU VentureLabs is pleased to be a founding partner in Experience Ventures, powered by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary. Experience Ventures enables college and university students to make an impact alongside real-world innovators through entrepreneurial thinking placements.

Experience Ventures is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative.

What are the benefits to students?

As a student, Experience Ventures placements will enable you to:

  • Apply in-class learning to the challenges and opportunities facing ventures.
  • Explore Canada’s evolving innovation economy.
  • Network and meet industry leaders and employers.
  • Discover the latest technologies being incubated in Canada.
  • Enhance your resume with a unique experience.
  • Develop your work-ready skills.
  • Receive an honorarium for your placement.

For companies

Identify early talent

For Canada’s startups and social ventures, identifying the right talent — and the right mindset — is a priority. Your future depends on it. Experience Ventures works with you to create entrepreneurial thinking placements for students from top-ranked colleges and universities.

Students receive an honorarium through Experience Ventures, while you are asked to provide in-kind support, such as your time or expertise. There is no cost to the company or organization.

Company projects must be scoped appropriately to be completed within the time allocated for the placement. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

What are the benefits to your company?

Experience Ventures placements will enable you to:

  • Engage students with minimum impact on your time and resources.
  • Diversify the talent pool that seeks to work in social impact and/or tech innovation.
  • Recruit early talent to your local innovation economy.
  • Contribute to the success of your campus-linked accelerator.
  • Tap into the different insights and perspectives of students.
  • Evaluate prospective talent.
  • Give your up-and-coming team members the opportunity to develop their managerial skill set.