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Early-stage,

incubator-studio

Accelerators and startup bootcamps can provide useful learnings, but when you have a prototype and you're ready to focus on building, come to us! We invest money and get our hands dirty with founders of ambitious, data-driven startups.

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Supporting founders so they can make magic happen

Covering your living expenses, providing an office, giving you the ability to hire, hands-on advice from engaged mentors, assistance with time-consuming tasks, your first alpha testers; we've got you covered!

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
Office/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 a lot of inconsistent usage for terms like "accelerator", "incubator", and "startup studio", with sub-categories and even regional variations! We define an incubator-studio as an incubator that invests in early-stage ventures and that provides hands-on, present-in-the-office mentorship without pre-scheduled didactic programming. Unlike other organizations you may come across, mentorship to us means that you should feel like you are getting our team as new minority co-founders.
First cohort of ventures to be incubated in Q2 2020. We're keeping it small so we can best support each group of founders.
No regimented program is imposed, but incubated ventures should aim to cycle through build-test-learn phases to demonstrate product/market fit by the 9th month.
Target next-round fundraise for startups post-incubation from serious seed VCs.
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 don't just take our word for it...

"Living in Vancouver while developing a company in multiple locations around the world has been a pleasure. I’ve seen Vancouver’s technology scene develop at an inspiring pace and am delighted to have the opportunity to expand our team in this amazing city" [Sep 2019]
— Max Lytyvn, co-founder of Grammarly

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

    Desk space for up to 4 people, internet access, bookkeeping, part-time mentors (in addition to our in-house team), and all we can do to support you!

  3. Cloud credits

    Up to $100k of cloud infrastructure 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 and 2 to 4 co-founders.


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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