This Winter term, take the opportunity to earn credit for ENTR 6960 while working one-on-one with a Founder or Venture Capital Leader in real time!

Now entering its fifth year, this award-winning course provides the opportunity for a select group of students to be matched with a Mentor (Founder or Venture Capital Leader) in ENTR 6960. Work with your Mentor as they assess challenges and opportunities at placement sites within Toronto’s Innovation Ecosystem.

Who Is This Course For?

This is a great opportunity if your post-graduation plans include any of the following:

  • Starting your own company
  • Working with a start-up founder as a Chief of Staff or similar role
  • Becoming a Professional Venture Investor

This course is applicable for Schulich MBA students only.

What is the Time Commitment & Credit Weight?

The Mentorship Match program will require that you complete 215 hours (an average of 18 hours per week), and will earn you 6.00 academic credits upon completion. Mentors are committed to meeting for an average of 2-3 hours per week on objectives and project work. Your time can be one or a combination of on-site and remote work (based on the work plan you establish with your Mentor). You will need to ensure you have enough time and space in your schedule to fulfill the obligations of this opportunity.

Venture Mentorship Projects

Venture Mentorship Match Type 1 – Startup/Company Founder

The students will serve in the role of a Strategic Project Analyst & through market research, competitive intelligence and business casework development work to advise the Startup/Company Founder on a series of pre-identified and special assignment projects throughout the term.

Venture Mentorship Match Type 2 – Venture Investment Leader

The students will serve in the role of an Opportunity Analyst & through market research, competitive intelligence, and business casework development to review and score incoming “deal flow” for the Venture Capital Leader throughout the term. This direct mentorship will open up opportunities for an immersive learning experience and professional development, including direct insight into the Venture Leader’s investment thesis/formula, deal evaluation process, risk-evaluation process & insights into the type of proposals that secure investments.

Next Steps: How Do I Apply?

  1. Read the full Student Outline carefully (linked below).
  2. Apply for the course here: ENTR 6960: Venture Mentorship Match Application (Winter 2024).  The application will ask you to indicate which of the two Mentorship streams you would like to sign up for. You will also need to submit an application letter and your CV/Resume in the online application form.
  3. You will then be invited for an interview with the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship where we would love to learn more about your interests, motivations, and skills.
  4. Top 25 students will be selected and introduced to Mentors based on their background, preferences and discussions with the Course Instructor.
  5. After you have had a chance to meet the company/founder, we will support you with all the internal approvals and remaining paperwork.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm on October 14th, 2023.

Note: Your application letter to the Course Instructor should include the following types of information (not all required):

  • Current/Past Startup Experience (Staff/Founder)
  • Relevant Courses Studying/Studied
  • Schulich Startups Community Contributions/Participation
  • Personal Passion for Startup/Innovation Sector
  • Other Relevant Work/Leadership Experience

ENTR 6960: Mentorship Match Student Outline [READ IN FULL]