EPIC Discovery Program

Background EPIC Disovery

The EPIC Discovery Program helps students and recent graduates who are at the very beginning of their entrepreneurial journey. The program will help you address if your idea has the potential to solve a problem or satisfy a need in the marketplace and how to turn your idea into a business opportunity.

EPIC Discovery Diagram

Any student or recent graduate from any post-secondary institution and any discipline are eligible to participate in the program.

The program is structured to provide an experiential learning opportunity to participants in validating their business ideas. EPIC Discovery members will have access to resources to augment their learning. Benefits of the program include:

1. Mentorship
EPIC Discovery members will have the chance to receive one-on-one mentorship from successful and seasoned business leaders in our community. Our mentors will share their insights and network to help EPIC Discovery members reach their goals and milestones.

2. Workshops & Events
EPICentre hosts regular workshops and events specifically for EPIC Discovery members, including:

  • Workshops on conducting market research and analyze market research data
  • Networking events to connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs
  • Round table, peer-to-peer discussions to learn from each other

3. Access to Co-working Space
EPIC Discovery members have access to a “hot desk” – an on-demand workstation, at our collaborative co-working space during regular business hours to work on their projects.

4. Certificate of Completion
EPIC Discovery members who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion.

5. Co-Curricular Record
Current University of Windsor students are eligible to receive co-curricular record which will:

  • Complement their resumes and academic transcripts with a documented list of experiences, validated by a UWindsor faculty/staff member
  • Showcase your skill development and leadership role
  • Show your progression and participation in co-curricular activities throughout your UWindsor experience
  • Encourage reflection on experiences and assist with the articulation of related learning

Learn more about Co-Curricular Records here

6. Flexible Structure
We understand that school is a priority for students; therefore, the EPIC Discovery program is very flexible and catered to each member’s needs. The main objective of the programs is to learn idea validation skill. EPIC Discovery members will work with their mentors to develop milestones for the duration of the program. EPIC Discovery members have up to one year to complete the program.

Intake for the EPIC Discovery program is bi-weekly. Before entering the program, interested participants must attend an introductory session at EPICentre. This 1-hour session will help give a better understanding of:

  • Core benefits and features to EPIC Discovery Members
  • Other EPICentre Programs and Services

Please email EPICDiscovery@uwindsor.ca for intro session schedule

Q. Does it cost anything to join the program?
A. Nope! This program is completely free for all current students and recent graduates from University of Windsor, St. Clair College or any other post-secondary institution in Canada.

Q. Is EPICentre only for business students?
A. No, we serve students from all disciplines – not only business majors – from any post-secondary institution.

Q. Does EPICentre take any equity or royalties of my company if I use their services?
A. EPICentre does not take any equity or royalties of any kind.

Q. Who can I contact for questions?
A. For all general inquiries, please email EPICDiscovery@uwindsor.ca.

There is no application deadline to join EPIC Discovery Program. This is a rolling program.

Program structure is flexible and is customized to participant’s needs. EPIC Discovery members have up to one year to complete the program.

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QUESTIONS

Contact epicdiscovery@uwindsor.ca with any questions.

past

Participants
Discovery Participant 3 Taylor
Taylor Lanoie, B. Comm (2016)
Taylor credited the success of running her own social media management company to the guided mentorship she has received from EPICentre. The program has also boosted her confidence that enabled her to navigate the business world.
Taylor Lanoie, B. Comm (2016)
Taylor credited the success of running her own social media management company to the guided mentorship she has received from EPICentre. The program has also boosted her confidence that enabled her to navigate the business world.
Taylor Lanoie, B. Comm (2016)
Taylor credited the success of running her own social media management company to the guided mentorship she has received from EPICentre. The program has also boosted her confidence that enabled her to navigate the business world.
Discovery Participant 2 Jaydee
Jaydee Tarpeh, B. Sc. In Biology and Economics (2016)
As a former international student, Jaydee was determined to help international students better transitioning into a new education system and culture in Canada. The EPIC Discovery Program helped him test his idea of whether an online platform will be the best way of delivering the service.
Jaydee Tarpeh, B. Sc. In Biology and Economics (2016)
As a former international student, Jaydee was determined to help international students better transitioning into a new education system and culture in Canada. The EPIC Discovery Program helped him test his idea of whether an online platform will be the best way of delivering the service.
Jaydee Tarpeh, B. Sc. In Biology and Economics (2016)
As a former international student, Jaydee was determined to help international students better transitioning into a new education system and culture in Canada. The EPIC Discovery Program helped him test his idea of whether an online platform will be the best way of delivering the service.
Discovery Participants 1
Andrea Swartz and Daniel Dupont, Computer Science
Andrea and Daniel came to EPICentre to learn how to add value to the software they are building. They were also keen to learn how to solve customers’ pain points from first principles through technology.
Andrea Swartz and Daniel Dupont, Computer Science
Andrea and Daniel came to EPICentre to learn how to add value to the software they are building. They were also keen to learn how to solve customers’ pain points from first principles through technology.
Andrea Swartz and Daniel Dupont, Computer Science
Andrea and Daniel came to EPICentre to learn how to add value to the software they are building. They were also keen to learn how to solve customers’ pain points from first principles through technology.