Venture for Canada — Paid Fellowships for Entrepreneurial Graduates
Want to launch your career in a startup? Are you looking for flexibility, autonomy, and the
opportunity to learn quickly? Interested in beginning your career alongside a supportive cohort
of entrepreneurial peers? Venture for Canada might be the right fit for you.
At Venture for Canada, we are passionate about catalyzing young Canadians to have
entrepreneurial careers. Venture for Canada Fellows receive access to a month long training
camp, gain the opportunity to spend two years working in a Canadian startup where they
receive competitive compensation, and obtain ongoing training and support over the duration of
the fellowship. Through the program, Venture for Canada Fellows gain the skills, network and
experience necessary to launch their own startups and/or lead entrepreneurial careers.
Venture for Canada is much more than a job placement program. We provide you access to a
diverse community of mentors, peers, and friends who support you in the transition from school
to work. After training camp, many Fellows choose to live with one another, and our Fellow
alumni remain very connected after the fellowship ends. If you are passionate about community
building and collaborating with mission-driven peers, we recommend you checking out Venture
Intimidated to apply because you can’t code? Don’t be. Fellows are incredibly diverse and hold
roles in fields as diverse as marketing, customer success, operations, business analysis,
product design, and engineering. Regardless of your academic background or interests,
Venture for Canada can support you in launching your career. We care far more about your
character than what you studied.
Below are more details on the Venture Canada program components:
Joining Venture for Canada is much more than just getting placed to work at a startup. Fellows
are part of a supportive community who are passionate about entrepreneurship. This community
can support you through entrepreneurial ups and downs over the course of your career.
- Candidates should plan to have their most recent university or college degree completed
by June 2018
Venture for Canada Fellows spend four weeks going through an intensive training camp, which
takes place at Queen’s University during May/June. They participate in 40+ different workshops,
which develop skills in topics such as coding, emotional intelligence, sales, public speaker,
product management, and marketing strategy. Fellows also receive the fantastic opportunity to
hear from successful entrepreneurs and learn what it takes to create a successful business.
Training camp eases this transition from school to work by providing a supportive environment
full of valuable workshops, peer support and mentorship which fosters the development of both
hard and soft skills. Venture for Canada Fellows spend four weeks living in dorms at Queen’s,
where they build bonds that will last a lifetime.
Placement at a Startup
As a Fellow you have the opportunity to be connected with one of Venture for Canada’s 400
partner startups, which are in sectors varying from cleantech to software to agriculture. In
addition, partner employers vary in size from five employees to over one hundred. Through this
breadth of options, we enable recent graduates to find the employer that is the right fit for them.
We connect Fellows to interview at partner startups through collecting Fellow preferences
concerning industry, region, job type, and company size.
After training camp, the Fellows continue to learn and develop, both on the job and through
ongoing training opportunities provided by Venture for Canada.
Some of our special guests have included Ryan Holmes (CEO of Hootsuite), April Dunford
(CEO of Sprintly), and John Risley (Founder of Clearwater Fine Foods). The topics of our
ongoing trainings range from resilience in the workplace, to search engine optimization, to