About this Program
The Entrepreneurial Summer Internship (ESI) is an opportunity for early-stage student entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their business. Over the course of 4 months, students accepted into the program will receive education and training on how to grow from a minimum viable product (MVP) to being sales-ready.
The program will be delivered in-person at the Propel Co-working Space on campus at Western University in London, ON (pending COVID-19 restrictions).
For students in a faculty that has a summer internship or co-op program, participation in the ESI program may count towards the internship or co-op program pending any academic or other eligibility requirements.
• Weekly Programming: educational sessions on leadership, sales, investors, pitch skills, etc. taught by alumni and experienced entrepreneurs
• Weekly milestone meetings to discuss your progress and to set goals for the upcoming week
• Monthly networking events with successful entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors and service providers
• Formal mentorship from a dedicated alumni mentor
• A $2,500 per month per student stipend
We are looking for student entrepreneurs who are passionate about entrepreneurship and looking to grow their skills and knowledge. Students must have an idea they are actively working on and can demonstrate the initial steps they have taken to develop and test their idea. Up to 3 students (co-founders) working on the same idea together will be considered.
Accepted students must:
• A current student at Western University or affiliate colleges at the time of application
• Must be willing to dedicate an in-person full-time effort (Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
• Must participate in all ESI events, workshops and competitions throughout the program duration.
Entrance to the ESI is a competitive process. We will accept 15 student entrepreneurs for the summer program. The application consists of two stages:
Stage 1 - All students are required to submit a written application that includes:
1. 500 words explaining your passion for entrepreneurship and how you believe the ESI program will help you.
2. A video of you pitching your business and describing the work you have put into it to date. Production quality is not important! Please feel free to use your phone to record your pitch. We are looking for people who are passionate about their idea.
Stage 2 - Applications are reviewed, and the top ranked student applications will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a selection committee. Each student will be given 5-minutes to pitch their startup, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.
- Takes up to 0.0% equity
Business Products, Business Services, Computers and Peripherals, Consumer Products, Consumer Services