At weekly meetings, practical lessons in entrepreneurship are given to students, who then apply what they have learned to their companies. We also have guest speakers who cover topics such as programming, 3D printing, and financing.
Each Flowboat team is provided with an industry mentor who is a field expert. Past mentors include the former director of velocity, startup CEOs, software engineers, Professors, and even farmers! Mentors provide valuable input for Flowboat members.
Flowboat teams participate in a variety of pitching competitions throughout the year including: MIT LaunchX Demo Day, Diamond Challenge, and the Paradigm Contest. Past Flowboat teams have received top honours at these competitions.
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The membership fee for the 2022-2023 Flowboat Season is $70. This covers all Flowboat programs including Grants, Mentors, Competitions and Weekly Lectures. Compared to similar programs, Flowboat is less than half the cost!
The weekly meetings will be held in The Accelerator Center. This setting is in the heart of Waterloo’s technology industry, a perfect place for innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset. Please visit our contact page for specific directions to The Accelerator Center building.
Flowboat alumni have been accepted into reputable university programs such as Harvard Engineering, University of Waterloo’s Software Engineering and Engineering-Science at the University of Toronto. Additionally, past members have won The Schulich Scholarship and The National Scholarship (all of which cover full tuition).
The world is yours to explore! Flowboat accepts all types of startups including non-profit and for-profit businesses. In the past, we have incubated companies in the snack food industry to startups that have dealt with human prosthetics. Nevertheless, throughout the Flowboat season, the administration team will guide a student-driven startup so that it tackles a REAL problem in the BEST possible manner.
Early applications open on August 1, 2022, and end on August 20, 2022. Main applications are open from September 1 to September 28th. The sooner you apply the better your chances of acceptance – the early applications have a higher acceptance rate. Please proofread and spend time on your application, there are limited acceptances!