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StartUp Lab

StartUp Lab, Laurier's incubator in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, provides support, mentorship and resources to startups and social ventures founded by Laurier students, alumni and community members at the Waterloo campus.

Whether you have tested your idea through Laurier's innovative curriculum and co-curricular experiences, in the community, or if it's still an untested idea, you can apply to StartUp Lab to bring your idea to life.

How it Works

Entrepreneurs are matched with a mentor team based on the venture's needs, and they will meet for an hour every two weeks.

As part of StartUp Lab, ventures follow our programming, which is designed to make entrepreneurs learn, succeed and grow.

In addition to that, StartUp Lab provides dedicated workspace at no cost for Laurier startups. The StartUp Lab space is located in Lazaridis Hall.

Apply to StartUp Lab

StartUp Lab is an exciting opportunity for a limited number of startups that will help you launch your venture with confidence. If you’re a founder, apply now and we’ll see you at your interview!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a business idea to apply to the StartUp Lab?

No, you don't need to have a business plan to be accepted into the StartUp Lab. However, at minimum, you must have a clear concept of the problem you want to solve.

Entry is competitive so the more developed your idea is the better.

Who qualifies for the StartUp Lab program?

Laurier students, alumni and members of the community at large are eligible to apply to StartUp Lab. You may have supporting team members from other institutions or from the community.

What resources does StartUp Lab provide for me?

Being a part of StartUp Lab 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. StartUp Lab entrepreneurs have access to our workspace available in Lazaridis Hall.