Cape Breton University’s UIT Startup Immersion was founded in 2014 by Gavin Uhma (GoInstant/Salesforce). UIT is a unique combination of technology and entrepreneurship training that prepares students for a career in the tech sector — either by joining a company or launching one of their own!

What will I learn?

Industry Led

UIT’s project-based curriculum is developed by industry experts; and students are coached and mentored by industry professionals.

Through a combination of self-directed and structured learning – assisted by a network of world-class mentors – students learn…

  • Code
  • Design
  • Product Development
  • and Business Skills

…by learning to build real web and mobile apps and getting feedback from real users.

Learn by doing — in a real startup environment!

Am I right for UIT?

Land a job or launch a startup – no coding experience necessary

We don’t necessarily look for previous education or coding experience.

We look for:

  • An aptitude for self-directed learning
  • A desire for a career in the technology industry

In other words, we look for ambition and potential!

The 2014/15 and 2015/16 cohorts were composed of on average 10 students – 5 women and 5 men – who ranged from recent high school graduates to Master’s students. Some had coding experience or business degrees, while others had little to no coding experience or experience turning an idea into a product. Some entered the program with an idea already fully formed, while others were looking to gain the skills to get a job in the tech sector or launch their own startup.

Is UIT right for you?

What are your goals?

  • Get a job in tech
  • Advance my career
  • Change my career path / get into a new industry
  • Better understand the tech sector
  • Start a new company
  • Advance my current company
  • Meet a cofounder
  • Add to my skillset
  • Networking / Build my professional network

UIT will create all these opportunities — and more!


Obsessed with Student Success

  • 90% of alumni have landed jobs or launched companies
  • In the first year alone, 50% of alumni received seed funding through competitions and/or investments totalling $175,000

Want to work in tech? Apply Now!



Beginning in 2016-2017, UIT is proud to offer a Diploma in IT Entrepreneurship (pending MPHEC approval).


  • September-June (10 months)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
  • 10am-3pm

UIT is an experiential education where students learn in an immersive fast-paced startup environment. It is intensive but also flexible: we know that many people need flexibility to allow for family and work commitments. While the workload is 40 hours a week for the duration of the 10 months, the required in-class time is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am–3pm.


UIT is 3 university semesters (45 credits).

  • $8,900 [Nova Scotia students]
  • $10,900 [Canadian students]
  • $20,100 [International students – includes differential fee]

including all fees and taxes

Financial Assistance

We’re committed to improving access to technology and entrepreneurship education. Thanks to our industry partners, we are able to offer financial aid to students with strong financial need. Depending on need and availability these bursaries may cover the cost of 1/3 or 2/3 of the program (and up to 100% in extraordinary cases).

We’re equally committed to increasing the visibility and influence of women in technology. The “UIT Women in Technology Bursary” supports women becoming leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship.

You have the option of applying for a UIT bursary at the same time as applying for acceptance to the program.

You may also be eligible for other CBU scholarships and bursaries.

Information on Canada Student Loan/Provincial Student Loan programs can be accessed at Canadian residents must apply through the province or territory they have resided in for the 12 months prior to entering a program of study. Visit Provincial/Territorial Student Financial Assistance Offices for a complete list.

Class Size

We will only accept up to 20 students per year. This allows for:

  • More networking opportunities with mentors
  • More collaboration with student colleagues
  • And a close representation of what working in a startup is like

Tools of the trade

UIT will loan you a Macbook Air for the duration of the program and purchase all the software you’ll need. You will have the option to buy the laptop at the end of the year.



Cape Breton Island is a world-class tourist destination.

UIT’s newly renovated modern downtown campus is located in Sydney, Nova Scotia’s historic north end – at the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation – walking distance from waterfront boardwalk, parks, library, gallery, restaurants and pubs.

Sydney has very affordable housing, super fast internet, a vibrant arts and music culture, and incredible scenery in every direction. You’re never more than an hour away from beaches, hiking trails, camping grounds, ski hills, golf courses, and more.


UIT students have full access to the classroom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we recommend living closeby. Our address is 37 Nepean Street in Sydney’s north end where you’ll find affordable housing amongst students, artists, and startup founders. Need help finding a place? Our team can help! Get in touch.

Residence & Meal Plans

You have the option of living in Residence at CBU (approximately 10km from UIT) and also buying a student meal-plan. Need help finding a place? Our team can help! Get in touch.

Health Insurance

UIT students are registered Cape Breton University students, so you will be covered under the CBU Students’ Union health insurance plan. (You can opt-out if you have comparable coverage).

Where can I get more info? or call 1-902-574-2135.

Mike Targett
Executive Director

37 Nepean St
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Phone: 902-574-2135