RADIUS launches two new venture accelerator initiatives

Jun 23, 2014

radiusRADIUS, the Beedie School of Business’ social venture lab and venture incubator, has launched two new venture accelerator programs aimed at nurturing early stage social initiatives and providing social entrepreneurs with the tools required to bring their ventures to market.

The RADIUS Summer Accelerator is a ten-week intensive program designed to nurture social ventures from the early stages through to a validated business model in less than ten weeks. Participants will benefit from an assigned personal mentor for the duration of the program, and will learn key startup techniques and how to apply them to their ventures.

The program is designed to help aspiring social entrepreneurs who have startup ideas in the concept stage or who have small businesses launching a new product or service.

The application deadline for the Summer Accelerator is July 3. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening commencing on July 15, and will run for seven weeks.

RADIUS is also now accepting applications for its Fall Accelerator, a six-month cohort model venture program that partners with early stage social ventures in a rigorous acceleration and mentorship experience.

The Fall Accelerator will feature weekly workshops in a peer learning environment, combined with personal coaching sessions and mentoring services. Participants will have access to shared workspace, legal services and networking opportunities with mentors, Beedie School of Business faculty, and industry professionals.

“These RADIUS accelerator initiatives provide invaluable opportunities for early-stage social ventures to take a huge step towards market under the watchful eye of experts,” says Donovan Wollard, Director of RADIUS Ventures. “Previous iterations of our accelerator programs have produced some amazing results, and we look forward to seeing the exciting social ventures these new accelerators will nurture.”

Interested parties can learn more about the RADIUS Summer Accelerator at an upcoming information session at 5.30pm, June 26. To register for the information session, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/radius-ventures-info-session-tickets-12006494749 or visit  www.radiussfu.com/summer/ for more information.

For information on the Fall Accelerator, visit www.radiussfu.com/about/radius-ventures/program-description/

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