So you want to build your startup at McGill? Apply for the McGill Lean Startup Program 2017

Applications for the third cohort of the McGill Lean Startup Program are now being accepted until September 14, 2017 at 12pm EDT.

Hosted by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, the McGill Lean Startup program is designed to walk early-stage McGill startup teams through the Lean Startup methodology of launching their company. In many ways, the McGill Lean Startup Program is a simulation of what startups and entrepreneurship are like in the real world, including chaos, uncertainty, impossible deadlines with insufficient time, and conflicting input.

You are in it to build a viable business. The 10-week program involves getting your hands dirty and getting outside the McGill campus to speak to real people and test your ideas. As a result, the program requires about 20 hours of work a week.

There are a number of eligibility requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to be able to apply for the McGill Lean Startup Program:

  1. Teams must have at least 1 McGill affiliation
  2. Teams must be a minimum of 2 individuals who are founder, with one technical and one non-technical
  3. Teams must show proof of having worked on an idea, concept or prototype, ideally for 3+ months

Think you have what it takes? Apply today!

For more information on the McGill Lean Startup Program 2017 and all eligibility requirements, please click here.

Download the one-page flier here.


Notable McGill Lean Startup success stories:


Key2Access (Lean Startup 2015) is making pedestrian crossing more accessible. Learn more.



Kiffin (Lean Startup 2015, McGill X-1 2017) aims to replace manufactured food with real food by utilizing technology, implementing supply chain excellence, and incorporating sustainable food practices. Learn more.

Kiffin featured in The Globe and Mail


2D-CrystaLab (Lean Startup 2016, Dobson Cup 2017, McGill X-1 2017) brings crystal nanotechnology to clinical practice. The first application is a specialized decontamination paste (2D-Implantcare) for prevention and treatment of dental implant infections. Learn more.

A postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and Co-founder and CEO of 2D-CrystaLab, Dr. Ashwaq Al-Hashedi was recently named Mitacs Outstanding Entrepreneur 2017

Saccade Analytics

Saccade Analytics (Lean Startup 2016, Dobson Cup 2017, McGill X-1 2017) develops specialized analysis software that revolutionizes the way doctors diagnose concussion and dizziness. Learn more.

Saccade Analytics emerged as 1st Place Winners in the Health Sciences Track of the McGill Dobson Cup 2017 powered by National Bank

Think you have what it takes? Apply today!


Renjie Butalid

Renjie Butalid

Renjie Butalid is the Associate Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship and has raised $7M+ to power university entrepreneurship.