eCoop

Are you a student entrepreneur, changemaker or team ready to commit to your start-up full-time for a semester? eCoop allows you to receive a financial award while working full-time on your very own start-up—complete with dedicated mentorship and space from Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection.

About eCoop


Great business ideas don't just happen after graduation. Aspiring entrepreneurs may find inspiration from a class or as part of a group project, the lab or their experiences out driving change in the world.

At SFU, students don't have to sideline their dreams to pursue an education. Thanks to our paid team eCoop experience — the first of its kind in Canada — they can have both.

With mentorship and space from our friends at Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection, individuals or teams of students in the eCoop program receive a financial award and earn university credit while focusing full-time on their start-up. There are currently two types of eCoop:

Charles Chang eCoop


Every semester, up to three spaces will be awarded to either individual students or team mates from any faculty. These aspiring entrepreneurs can earn co-op credit, a financial award, bi-weekly mentoring, and access to co-working space and workshops through Venture Connection. Apply in the semester before you intend to do eCoop.

Tech e@SFU Team eCoop


Every fall, teams completing the Tech e@SFU program have the opportunity to apply as a team for a paid team eCoop, which includes a financial award, mentorship, co-working space, workshops, and access to prototyping funds. Apply after completing Tech e@SFU in the summer before you intend to do eCoop.

Criteria for eCoop


Considerations for initial selection of eCoop include:

  • Quality of expression of interest
  • Quality of idea (a real market and need must be identified and backed up)
  • Quality of SPARK workbook completion
  • Feedback from Mentor Meet mentor
  • Breadth of skills on team (Team eCoop only)

Apply for Fall 2018 (for individuals and teams)


Step 1: Complete the Venture Connection SPARK workbook.

Step 2: Visit a Venture Connection mentor at Mentor Meet to get your SPARK workbook signed off on.

Step 3: Submit your completed workbook and following form by July 13th, 2018. 

  • Charles Chang eCoop: Apply by July 9th, 2018
  • Tech e@SFU Team eCoop: Apply by August 7th, 2018












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*Please note: You do not have to be enrolled in co-op to apply.