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YOUR BUSINESS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
SPRINGU CAN SHOW YOU HOW.

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Every Entrepreneur can make an Impact

SpringU is the startup school that teaches entrepreneurs how. Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to grow, SpringU provides the tools to build a successful business.

HOW SpringU CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR BUSINESS AT EACH STAGE OF ITS GROWTH

I have an idea, what can I do now?
My business is ready; how do I launch it properly?
I need to grow my business and get traction, but how?
How do I raise my first round of funding?

INSPIRE – I have an idea, what should I do next?

This is the first step in your journey as an entrepreneur.

INSPIRE delivers the knowledge you need to build a lean startup with as little money and time as possible. You will be able to hone and gain clarity on your ideas while gaining valuable skills that you can implement immediately. Whether you are a student, a recent graduate, or a career changer, you will gain valuable hands-on experience. You will learn everything you need to figure out if your business idea has potential and how to start turning an idea into a profitable business.

Graduate with:

  • Clear definition of the problem you’re solving
  • A selected target customer base
  • A completed Business Model Canvas
  • An elevator pitch and supporting story
  • Customer discovery questionnaire
  • First customer interviews completed
  • A path to validate the idea and next steps
  • Preliminary MVP design

LAUNCH – go to market

Ready to be a full-time entrepreneur? You need LAUNCH!

You’ve validated that the market really has a problem, you believe that your solution is actually solving it, and you’re ready to launch and gain initial customers. What’s next? LAUNCH is a program designed to help you get your product in the market and into the hands of early adopters. We will provide you with the tools and knowledge to prepare yourself and launch your company out into the world.

Graduate with:

  • 90 day, 180 day, and 1 year plans
  • having engaged on the right channels (social and other)
  • having launched and acquired your first few users
  • A plan for how to bring onboard your first few employees
  • Answers to your burning legal and accounting questions
  • Clarity on what funding options you want to go after

GROW – accelerate and scale

Now that you’ve launched and have started building a customer base and brand ambassadors, how do you take your business to the next level? Grow is designed to polish your company and prepare you for an accelerator or put you in a favourable condition for raising capital.

Graduate with:

  • Knowledge on how to manage a team
  • Customer sales structure for your startup (strategy + execution)
  • Comprehensive marketing strategy and knowledge of best practices
  • Knowledge of the capital raising process
  • Finished investor pitch deck
  • Fundraising strategy for your business

FUNDING – raising your round

FUNDING is a 6 hour course designed to give you the training, tools, and knowledge to ensure that you can raise the right money at the right time for your company. In 2015, Spring helped 13 companies raise over $5.5M in seed round funding from investors spanning across North America.

Graduate with:

  • Clear understanding of the process of raising money for your business
  • Version 1 pitch deck with supplemental material for presenting and sharing with investors
  • Your target investor outlined
  • Developed investor sales funnel focused on high value investors
  • Clear understanding of current funding trends and options

CAPITAL RAISING BOOTCAMP (Vancouver only)

Capital Raising Bootcamp is an intensive 10 week program designed to give you the training, tools, and knowledge to ensure that you can raise the right money at the right time for your company.  In 2015, Spring helped 13 companies raise over $4M in seed round funding from investors spanning across North America.

Graduate with:

  • Clear understanding of the process of raising money for your business
  • A strategy with consideration of equity and non-equity sources
  • A pre-negotiation valuation set for your business
  • A budget and forecast for planning and due diligence
  • A pitch deck with supplemental material for presenting and sharing with investors
  • A developed and managed investor sales funnel focused on high value investors
  • Targeted introductions to investor made and/or supported
  • Targeted introductions to nondilutive (debt, grant, contest) sources of funding

Who We Are

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LOCATIONS

SpringU is currently in over 30 cities worldwide and offers virtual programming, so no matter where you are, you can have a global community of mentors and fellow entrepreneurs at your back.

Apply to launch, grow, and change the world in one of the locations listed below, or inquire with us directly.

Vancouver, BC

Seattle

Kamloops, Canada

Kelowna, Canada

Nova Scotia, Canada

Yukon, Canada

Nanaimo, Canada

Comox Valley, Canada

Brazil

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Baltimore, USA

Barcelona, Spain

Bogota, Columbia

Boise, USA

Boulder, USA

Dubai, UAE

Athens, Greece

Kenya

Los Angeles, USA

Manila, Philipines

New York City, USA

Nigeria

Alaska, USA

Portland, USA

Maine, USA

Raleigh, USA

Sacramento, USA

San Francisco, USA

Tokyo, Japan

Caracas, Venezuela

Victoria, Canada

Washington, DC, USA

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Comox Valley, Canada
Kamloops, Canada
Kelowna, Canada
Nanaimo, Canada
Nova Scotia, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Victoria, Canada
Yukon, Canada
Bogota, Columbia

Brazil
Athens, Greece
Tokyo, Japan
Kenya
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nigeria
Manila, Philipines
Barcelona, Spain
Dubai, UAE

Alaska, USA
Baltimore, USA
Boise, USA
Boulder, USA
Los Angeles, USA
Maine, USA
New York City, USA
Portland, USA
Raleigh, USA

Sacramento, USA
San Francisco, USA
Seattle, USA
Washington, DC, USA
Caracas, Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Online – Anywhere

At SpringU, we’re always looking for new partners, people, and organizations that share our values. Our mission is to give all entrepreneurs access to the tools, resources, community, and programs they need to be successful no matter where they’re starting up.

If this sounds like you, please get in contact with us directly about bringing SpringU to your city.