Apply to DC Summer Accelerator


DC’s IdeaEngine Program

  • Have a business idea that needs to be developed?
  • Curious about entrepreneurial opportunities?
  • Want to start your own business venture?

Sign up today! Program begins Wednesday, October 26

IdeaEngine is a joint collaboration between FastStart DC, Spark Centre and UOIT Brilliant Entrepreneurship. This accelerated program is designed to help student entrepreneurs focus solely on business idea generation and development and consists of weekly workshops and activities. We will take you from developing your business idea to pitching it – in just one semester!

Important Dates:

  • Launch and Workshop 1 – Wednesday, October 26 (6 to 8 p.m.)
  • Ideation Stations – Week of October 31 (6 to 8 p.m.)
  • Workshop 2 – Wednesday, November 9 (6 to 8 p.m.)
  • ‘Monday Mashup’ Networking Night – Monday, November 14 (6 to 8 p.m.)
  • Ideation Stations – Week of November 14 (6 to 8 p.m.)
  • Workshop 3 – Week of November 23 (6 to 8 p.m.)
  • Pitch Contest and Closing Celebration – Wednesday, January 18 (6 to 9 p.m.)

IdeaEngine Program Information

The program will be delivered through a combination of workshops, mentoring (both from advisors and peer-to-peer) and social events. For more information please visit FastStart’s IdeaEngine.


These hands-on, two-hour sessions will cover basic ideation topics in an attempt to help students work through the process of developing their idea. As these are hands-on, there with be a greater interactive nature to the workshops then a standard lecture format. Participants will also be provided with take-away activities to assist in the development of their ideas.

Ideation Stations

Ideation Stations are informal, pre-scheduled sessions that can either be group or one-on-one, that connect participants with advisors to help develop their idea and answer any questions they may have. 

Social Events

Throughout the program, there will be fun, informal, networking or ‘social events’ that will provide participants the opportunity to connect further with advisors, each other, as well as with external members.

Pitch Contest and Celebration

At the conclusion of our on-campus business accelerator, you will have an opportunity to pitch your developed business idea in front of a panel of judges and win cash prizes (up to $1,500)! We will provide all of the coaching and support you need to take part in this great competition – learn how to pitch like a boss!


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