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EPIC R&D Winter Founders Program

Roy Verstraete Fall Founders Cohort

The EPIC Research & Development Winter Founders Program offers University of Windsor graduate students $10,000 over four months to develop their research into a product or service that can be commercialized. This program has no deadline for application.

Application Process
Round 1: Formal Application
Please submit your completed application to: nicolea@uwindsor.ca

Round 2: Idea Pitch
Successful candidates will be asked to pitch their idea and research in front of a panel of judges.


  • Full-time graduate student, full-time Doctorate student or Post-Doctorate Fellow (within 5 years of graduating from their PhD) at the University of Windsor
  • Under 29 years of age and must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Business idea must be based in Windsor-Essex
  • Must show some evidence of attempted idea validation (customer interviews, expert consultation, attendance in EPICentre events or programming, etc.)
  • Students will be eligible for $10,000 if they apply and are accepted to both EPIC Founders and MITACS. These applications will be coordinated by EPICentre

For more information regarding the research component, please visits MITACS website at: http://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate/proposal

Click Here to Download the Application

Questions? Ask Nicole Anderson: nicolea@uwindsor.ca