Lean LaunchPad Program

Six-month training program tailored to support individuals and teams throughout various stages of the entrepreneurship journey.


The e@UBCO Lean LaunchPad (LLP) Accelerator program runs over 6 months and includes the following components:

  1. Value Proposition Canvas
  2. Uncovering Pains and Gains
  3. Customer Discovery and Interviewing
  4. Competitive Landscape
  5. Market Sizing and Mapping the Buying Process
  6. Minimum Viable Product and Prototype
  7. Education on Revenue Model and Pricing


What You’ll Learn:

  • Learn from case studies developed and shared by successful entrepreneurs
  • View how-to videos and undertake exercises via an online platform developed by e@UBC and the Sauder School of Business on the Vancouver campus
  • Conduct customer interviews
  • Attend workshops delivered by business leaders and top professional services providers on protection of intellectual property, the legal considerations of structuring a business, creation of a financial model and financing
  • Learn from top professional services providers who are expert in key areas of asset protection and building business value
  • Learn from successful CEOs who have successfully built a start-up
  • Learn from angel investors from Valhalla Angels who can coach on pitch development and creation of value for investorss
  • Participate in quick pitch competitions

More advanced tracks receive one-on-one coaching from experienced business mentors and will be fully prepared to apply for Accelerate Okanagan’s mentoring programs.


August 1 – September 13 LLP application reviews with sponsors and mentors
September 13 Final LLP application deadline
September 26 Track 1: Quick Pitch Challenge – selection for Youthful Cities Hackathon
Tracks 2-5: Briefing for teams and mentors (evening)
October Entrepreneurship Basics Roundtable #1 (Customer Discovery & Presentation Skills)
Monthly review #1 with sponsors/mentors (evening)
Entrepreneurship Basics Roundtable #2 (Minimum Viable Product; Building & Testing a Prototype)
October – March Mentor and team one-on-one sessions
Access to e@UBC/Sauder School of Business online entrepreneurship education platform
November Entrepreneurship Basics Roundtable #3 (Financial Projections & Pricing)
CEO Strategy Forum #1
Monthly Review #2 with sponsors/mentors (afternoon)
January Quick Pitch Challenge – semi-finalist selection with sponsors/mentors
Entrepreneurship Basics Roundtable #4 (Fundraising)
February Quick Pitch Challenge – finalist selection with sponsors/mentors
Entrepreneurship Basics Roundtable #5 (Start-up Accounting & Tax Incentives)
CEO Strategy Forum #2
March Quick Pitch Challenge & Innovation Showcase
Entrepreneurship Basics Roundtable #6 (Setting Up & Marketing Your Business)
Monthly Review #3 with sponsors/mentors