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9-week summer program

The Purpose

The purpose of LeapIN summer incubator is to provide a supportive hands-on environment for young entrepreneurs to take their business, service, or product from idea to implementation.

The Program

The program is 9 weeks in length, starting May 7th and going through until July 4th. It is a part time incubator, which means you will only be expected to be in the space Tuesday - Thursday so that the rest of your time can be spent implementing the knowledge gained. 


An exciting component of LeapIN is our travelling incubator. Last summer we partnered with Innovation Works, and TechAlliance to bring our entrepreneurs out of Fanshawe and into the community. 


We are pulling mentors, experts, and experienced entrepreneurs from across the city and the college to give guided workshops and hands-on sessions so that you leave each day with the tools to help your business grow. From developing your idea to creating a workable online presence for your first sale, we’ll have you covered.


Each business of LeapIN will be able to access up to $5000 in funding. To receive funding, participants will be expected to attend 90% of the workshops and document their learning. Funds can be used to pay yourself and employees, to access services, or for product development.

Eligibility Checklist

You must be present between 9am-4pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between May 7th and July 4th.


  • Must be eligible to work in Canada.

  • Must have an open mind and be willing to collaborate and learn.

  • Students can collaborate on one business concept, but each must apply separately.

  • Business concepts must be beyond the idea stage. If you’ve conducted research and are now in the planning stage, you’re eligible!

  • Must have a laptop.

Covered Topics

  • Business Model Canvas

  • Creating Your Pitch

  • Tradeshow Prep

  • Community Building

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Doing Better Research

  • B2C Sales

  • CRMs

  • Web Hosting

  • SEO

  • Taxation

  • Business Setup

  • Branding

  • Storytelling

  • Quickbooks

  • Digital Marketing

  • And many more!


"My experience with the LeapIN program was above and beyond my expectations.  On a daily basis we were given the opportunity to not only learn from experts, but also from each other. To sum up my learning outcomes is an incredible task because the inspiration and stepping stones I learned through this program are still producing immeasurable knowledge to date.

I was given the confidence and tools to believe in myself as an entrepreneur and no one can replace that.  The improvements I made to my company during my time with Leap are still coming to fruition and I truly believe that the connections I made there will only continue to grow and benefit my ability to be an excellent business owner. "

Cassie Hopper, Sew Easy Academy

2018 Cohort