Early-stage,

incubator-studio

Accelerators and startup bootcamps can provide useful learnings, but when you have a beta-version product and you're ready to focus on building, come to us! We write first cheques and get our hands dirty with founders of ambitious, data-driven, software-focused startups.

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Supporting founders so they can make magic happen

Covering your living expenses, providing flexible work space (if needed), giving you the ability to hire, hands-on advice, assistance with time-consuming tasks, your first beta testers; we've got your back!

Our Manifesto
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From early prototype to product/market fit

incubation: The process of keeping something in the right environment and under the right conditions so it can develop.
Office
Meeting + desk space
Mentors
In-person mentors
Cash
$100k cash
Services
$20k in-kind services
Cloud services
Cloud services credits
Direction
Experienced advice
Promotion
Visibility for your startup
Introductions
Introductions
Timer
No time-wasting

What's an incubator-studio?

Good question! There's inconsistent usage for terms like "accelerator", "incubator", and "venture studio", with sub-categories and even regional variations! We define an incubator-studio as an organization that invests in early-stage ventures (the first large cheque before VC rounds, aka "pre-seed") and that provides support over a long period, as well as hands-on, unstructured mentorship without pre-scheduled didactic programming. Unlike other organizations you may come across, mentorship to us means that it should feel like you are getting our team as new minority co-founders.
We're keeping it small so we can best support each group of founders. We started with our first investment in Q2 2021 and have a rolling intake.
No regimented program is imposed, but portfolio ventures should aim to cycle through build-test-learn phases to demonstrate product/market fit by the 9th month.
Target fundraise for supported startups within 12 months in a VC-led funding round.
Vancouver, BC, Canada

We're in Vancouver, the ideal place to build your startup.

In addition to the natural beauty all around, the city is consistently rated as one of the world's most liveable cities in the world.

But just because we're here, doesn't mean you have to be!

Our investment thesis does include a geographical preference for very early-stage startups based anywhere in Western Canada, i.e. west of Toronto/Waterloo. In part, this is because of the relatively larger "gap" in pre-seed funding, compared to other regions.

We get it, finding a first investor is hard

It used to be that after love money, or a first angel investor, ambitious and talented founders could find seed investment. It's rarely the case now, with seed investors now looking for significant revenue or evidence of market traction.

We're here to fill that gap!

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  1. $

    $100k investment

    Many founders don't have enough savings to quit their job or side hustle to work full-time on their innovative ventures. With our funding, up to 4 co-founders would have enough to cover their living expenses for a year and focus 100% of their efforts on building up their startup. There should be enough left over to hire freelancers, get a summer intern, pay for marketing experiments, etc.

  2. Office

    $20k of in-kind services

    Flexible meeting and desk space, a mailing address, bookkeeping, part-time mentors (in addition to our in-house team), active promotion, and all we can do to support you!

  3. Cloud credits

    Up to $100k of cloud infrastructure credits

    In addition to other partner perks and discounts, e.g. $1k of Notion credits.

What we're looking for

First, and foremost, we're looking to invest in founding teams that are ambitious, but also humble; hard-working is a given! 😅 The startup project should be beyond the idea stage, with at least a rudimentary prototype (ideally a beta-version product) and 2 to 4 co-founders with diverse and complimentary backgrounds.


Our initial investment interests encompass the dual themes of smarter communities & smarter data systems.

These include solutions addressing the following problem spaces:
Smarter decision-making Identity Trust Personalization Controlled data sharing Privacy Data traceability Environmental sustainability Security Technological accessibility
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