10 teams. 8 weeks.

Stop ideating. Start validating.


What is Basecamp?

Basecamp is Canada’s first annual student incubation program for youth focused on ideation and creating problem-driven validated solutions. Young entrepreneurs will spend 8 weeks in an intensive bootcamp at Ryerson University where they’ll learn to develop, market and accelerate their business ideas.  

The goal? To leave with a validated and refined business model tailored for long term success.


what you get.

Basecamp runs in two cohorts (high school and postsecondary) during which participants will receive:


Hands-on education

8 intensive weeks of educational learning and hands-on development on the various ins and outs of starting up a venture. 

One-on-one’s with experts

Regular one-on-one accountability meetings and storyboarding sessions with subject matter and industry experts, influencers and our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence.

A workspace in the heart of Toronto

Collaborative working space in the heart of Toronto with opportunities for ‘collisions’ with other participating teams


The program will provide all these fancy learnings:

  • Build customer empathy maps
  • Master sales and negotiation strategies
  • Develop your value proposition design
  • Use leading design thinking tools
  • Master product management and web development
  • Use the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Create products with 3D printing tools
  • Create a strong financial structure to support your business
  • Build branding and marketing strategies  


The program is targeted at young innovators between the ages of 15 and 24 who:

1. Have an innovative and creative idea at the ideation or validation stage within any industry sector

2. Are committed to 15 to 25 hours of work per week

3. Are returning to school in the upcoming Fall semester



Applications open
April 17, 2017

Applications close
May 22, 2017

Post-secondary cohort starts
June 11, 2017

High school cohort starts
July 4, 2017

Program ends
August 11, 2017


ready to apply?


our educators.

Basecamp subject matter experts are seasoned entrepreneurs and know what it takes to turn great ideas into a full fledged business. From marketing to finance to product development, you’ll learn to master modern business tactics from experts at companies like:


success stories.



HelpWear is a hardware-based company improving at-home healthcare by developing affordable and accessible products for patients - globally. Through Basecamp, HelpWear went from ideation to validation in less than two months. The program not only helped them validate their business, but also raise more than $150,000 in funds, build their prototype and pitch to leading investors. The founders are now full-time members at the University of Waterloo’s Velocity incubator program and Ryerson University's Biomedical Zone.


Classy Cyborgs

Classy Cyborgs is redesigning the braille learning system to help blind youth learn braille through storytelling. During their two-month journey with Basecamp, the Classy Cyborgs team was able to validate their business model, partner with leading organizations like CST learning, York University and the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE), and raise over $100,000 in funding. Classy Cyborgs is now incubated at Venture Labs.


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