eCoop allows you to receive a paid salary while working full-time on your very own start-up—complete with dedicated mentorship and space from Coast Capital Venture Connection.* *COVID-19 dependant
Great business ideas don’t just happen after graduation. Aspiring entrepreneurs may find inspiration from a class or as part of a group project, the lab or their experiences out driving change in the world.
At SFU, students don’t have to sideline their dreams to pursue an education. Thanks to our paid individual and/or team eCoop experience — the first of its kind in Canada — they can have both.
After taking Make Change, my team and I decided to pitch our company for eCoop at Venture Connection. We were accepted into the incubator and I got the opportunity to work on our company, Studio Kleio… My round-about journey led me to apply for the certificate so I could learn real applicable knowledge from those classes and apply them to my business. eCOOP was pivotal to the start of our venture!Carolyn Yip, 6th Year SIAT Student
After taking Make Change, my team and I decided to pitch our company for eCoop at Venture Connection. We were accepted into the incubator and I got the opportunity to work on our company, Studio Kleio… My round-about journey led me to apply for the certificate so I could learn real applicable knowledge from those classes and apply them to my business. eCOOP was pivotal to the start of our venture!
Charles Chang eCoop
Every semester, up to three spaces will be awarded to either individual undergraduate students or teammates from any faculty. There, aspiring entrepreneurs can earn co-op credit, a paid salary, bi-weekly mentoring, and access to a co-working space and workshops through Venture Connection.
Apply in the semester before you intend to do eCoop.
Students interested in eCoop will need to be accepted into both the Venture Connection Incubator program and their faculty’s co-op program.
Considerations for selection of Venture Connections Incubator program include:
• Quality of expression of interest
• Quality of idea (a real market and need must be identified and backed up)
• Quality of application
• Feedback from Mentor Meet mentor
• Breadth of skills on team (Team eCoop only)
Considerations for admission to the co-op program may include the following, but please check in with the co-op program for your academic discipline before applying and alert them of your interest in eCoop:
• Minimum CGPA of 2.2
• Between 40 – 110 credits
• Good financial standing with SFU (no financial holds)
• International students only: valid co-op work permit acquired before eCoop term starts
Applications for the spring 2023 intake have closed. Please keep an eye out next term for promotions of the summer 2023 intake. For questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Next Deadline: March 15, 2023, 11:59 pm
All applicants will be notified of their status within two weeks of the application deadline.
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