The Hub Incubator Program

Apply to the Hub Incubator Program

Whether for-profit or not-for-profit, you can receive the support to grow or begin your startup!

The Hub offers U of G students and alumni funding, dedicated office space and access to experienced entrepreneurs. The Hub focuses on helping startups develop a strong business model that can be rigorously tested and intelligently scaled.

The program is available to University of Guelph students and alumni working on innovative projects. Eligible teams must have at least one co-founder who is a current University of Guelph student or alumnus.

Teams accepted into the Hub are required to complete at least 30 hours of work each week and receiving full funding will be based on teams meeting certain requirements.


Jay Reid

Jay Reid, The Making Box

The positive impact and success Hub Incubator graduates are having today speaks to the exceptional value of the mentorship and program. I was surprised by how emotionally attached I became to the wins and challenges of our cohort teams. Building this sense of community was something I wasn't expecting.

The Hub Offers

  • Funding

    $2,500* grant to help expedite growth

  • Mentors

    Access to experienced entrepreneurs

  • Office Space

    Inspiring work and meeting space

  • Business Services

    A network of accessible professionals

  • Resources

    Tools and expertise to support growth

  • Entrepreneurial Workshops

    Learn about trends, tools and pertinent topics


Why Apply for the Hub?

Grow Your Business. With dedicated space that fosters the entrepreneurial spirit, you will be able to better focus on growing your business.

Meet Like-Minded People. Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely road, but not at the Hub. You will be working in a space with other like-minded entrepreneurs who can offer advice, support and motivation!

Build Your Network. Having a strong network is an important part of success. We will connect you with business and thought leaders and other young entrepreneurs. You will also have the opportunity to connect with various people at workshops and conferences!


The Hub Office

Office space for The Hub is located in the J.D. MacLachlan building on the University of Guelph main campus.
 


Application Process

Apply

Take the time to submit an articulate overview of your enterprise - what you do, how you are different, and your business model. Provide an overview of the team and each person's strengths. Ensure you demonstrate how you will utilize the resources provided by the program to grow your business!

Await Reponse

The Wood Centre will review your application to assess suitability for the Hub. We are looking for enterprises with a well-thought-out business model that have been substantiated by research. We are also looking for innovation, uniqueness, feasibility, measures of success (if applicable), milestones you are working towards, and a strong demonstration of how the Hub will help you grow.

Pitch & Interview

If your online application passes through the first stage of evaluation, you will be given the opportunity to pitch your business to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. You will have 45 seconds to demonstrate why your idea matters, discuss the business model and introduce your founding team. The panel will then ask a series of questions.

Start Building

Once accepted into the Hub, your team will have access to the space and resources for the duration of the program. Your enterprise will receive up to $2,500* of funding. You will be provided mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and gain access to a network of like-minded entrepreneurs working in the space. We will help you develop a timeline for the milestones your business must achieve while in the Hub.

Submit Your Application 

Apply to the Winter 2020 Hub Incubator program (Jan-Mar 2020).  Stay tuned the application process will start in November 2019!

Preview the Application Questions in PDF.

Submit an Application

Questions? Email us at woodcentre@uoguelph.ca.

 

* Teams will receive up to $2,500 as certain requirements are met. 

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