This program is perfect if you are at the ideation or discovery stage of your venture.
The EPIC Discovery Membership Program is aimed to assist students and recent alumni who need help answering the initial questions to starting any business:
What problem are you trying to solve with your business, new product or service?
Who will buy your product (your customers)?
How will you make money?
What are the costs associated with your business?
Who are your competitors?
In this 4-month program, you will be connected to a mentor who helps guide you through these initial questions. More information about our mentors can be found here.
Steps to Getting Started:
Before entering the program, you must attend a Test Your Business Idea (TYBI) information session. This 1-hour session will introduce two concepts that will assist you in validating your business model. These sessions are held bi-weekly. Please email program lead, Sydney Thompson, for the TYBI schedule: Sydney.Thompson@uwindsor.ca.
Once you’ve attended the TYBI workshop, you will be required to attend a one-on-one orientation session with the EPICentre Program Lead. This half-hour session will touch on milestones, deliverables and expectations for the Discovery Program.
You are encouraged to meet with your assigned mentor twice a month over the 4-month period
1-2 progress meetings with the EPICentre Program Lead
Must be a current student or recent graduate from any post-secondary institution (graduation post 2012)
Business must be based in Windsor-Essex County
Up to 8 meetings with a mentor over a 4-month period
Regularly scheduled round table discussions with EPIC mentors and other Discovery Members
Students successfully completing this program will be eligible for the EPIC Founders Program: a 3-month accelerated program where you are paid up to $6000 to work on your business idea.