What is UIT?

UIT is a startup immersion with a mission to develop startup founders. Through the 2-semester stream of the BBA-IT, students learn the technical & business skills used by the world’s most successful startups. This leads up to the development of the final project: the launch of their own product.

Where did the program come from?

UIT is founded by CBU alumnus Gavin Uhma, and is a stream of the Bachelor of Business Administration (Concentration in Information Technology) at the Shannon School of Business. Uhma is cofounder and Chief Technical Officer of GoInstant, which was acquired by Salesforce.com in 2012.

Who teaches UIT?

The open-source curriculum is designed by a global group of proven entrepreneurs and technology professionals, some of whom serve as volunteer mentors to the student cohort. Students also attend a CBU business class each semester. The delivery model is an innovative combination of self-directed and structured learning.

Who are the students?

The 2014-2015 pilot cohort is composed of 12 students, 6 women and 6 men, who range from recent high school graduates to PhDs. While some have extensive computer programming experience, business degrees or their own companies, others have little programming experience, little experience turning an idea into a product or establishing a business.

The students were accepted into the program based on their interest in technology and entrepreneurship, aptitude for self-directed learning, and desire for a career in the technology sector.

Where is UIT?

UIT is housed at the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, 37 Nepean Street in downtown Sydney.

Where can I get more info?

uitstartup.org or call 1-902-237-4231

Mike Targett
Executive Director, UIT Startup Immersion at CBU

37 Nepean St
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Phone: 902-574-2135