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THE STARTUP SCHOOL FOR ENTREPRENEURS WHO WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD

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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 can I do now?

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

INSPIRE. Through hands-on experience, you will refine your ideas and gain valuable skills that you can immediately apply. Whether you are a student, a recent graduate, or a career changer, you will learn all you need to determine if your business idea has potential, and how to start turning that idea in to a profitable business.

Graduate with:

  • A 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

Duration:  4 Weeks, Mondays 6-9pm PST

Structure:  Lectures, content, workshops, mentors

Tuition: 

  • Vancouver: $250 + tax 3 months or $595 + tax up-front
  • Online/Other: Request Pricing

Financing Options

Limited to 20 people per cohort

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

Duration:   8 Weeks, Thursdays 6-9pm PST

Structure:  Lectures, content, workshops, mentors

Payment Options: 

  • Vancouver: $250 + tax x 6 months or $1,200 + tax up-front
  • Online/Other: Request Pricing

Financing Options

Limited to 20 people per cohort

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

Duration:   12 Weeks, Fridays 1-4pm PST

Structure:  Lectures, content, workshops, mentors

Payment Options: 

  • Vancouver: $250 + tax x 12 months or $2,400 + tax up-front
  • Online/Other: Request Pricing

Limited to 10 people per cohort

FUNDING – raising your round

FUNDING is a 5 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 $4M 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

Duration:   5 hours

Structure:  Full-day Lecture (content and workshop)

Tuition: 

Limited to 20 people per cohort

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

Duration:   10 Weeks

Structure:  Content, Workshop, 1-on-1 consultation

Tuition: 

Limited to 6 people per cohort

WHO WE ARE

SpringU is an organization that grew out of the need for a world-class entrepreneurship education that was accessible for those who need it most.

Our global alumni number over 300, with over 200 companies successfully launched. The SpringU courses are designed for entrepreneurs at any stage of their business and can be combined to create a comprehensive startup experience from ideation to the closing of your first round of funding.

What’s more, SpringU provides a money back guarantee on all courses within 30 days. Our goal is to make you a better entrepreneur. If you don’t think we accomplished that, let us know post-program and we’ll issue you a refund.

Interested in becoming a better entrepreneur? Check out our courses below!

OUR ALUMNI

Brianne Miller
Brianne MillerCEO, Zero Waste Market
I learned how to turn an idea into a revenue generating business in a few short weeks and continue to be inspired by all the change makers in the Spring community. I couldn’t recommend this program any higher!
Jesus Penaloza
Jesus PenalozaCEO, Page en Red
Spring has enabled me to learn how to evaluate my projects from another perspective, and let me make networking with people all around the world. I am now on a path geared for success, and a member of a great network.
Michael Moll
Michael MollCEO, My Green Space
Taking the program at Spring allowed us to focus 100% on our customer and validate our ideas before investing into product development.
Jennifer Li
Jennifer LiCEO, MuseFind
We’re officially part of the summer cohort of Entrepreneur Round Table accelerator in New York City.  Couldn’t have done it without Spring.

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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.