Launch your inner entrepreneur with the Launch Me Workshop Series and Competition!

Launch Me workshops are aimed to help students and alumni receive the training and skills they need to take their business idea to the next level. There are three sections for the workshop series, with topics including the Lean Canvas, Business Plan Development, and Business Pitch training. These skills are directly related to the competition, which is launching January 8th, 2018. The competition requires a completed application and business plan submission, and chosen finalists are required to pitch to a live audience on April 5th, 2018 for an opportunity to receive up to $10,000 in prizes for their business.

Please note: attendance to Business Plan and Pitching workshops are mandatory to enter the competition. Applicants must either attend workshops in person or view the videos online (which will be available up to 2 weeks after the session) to be eligible to enter the competition. Please ensure you register for these sessions.

Workshop Details:

Lean Canvas Workshops in G304, Lakeshore campus

A Lean Canvas is the foundation for building a proper business plan because it allows you to map out your business and provides you with a focused plan. The Lean Canvas focuses on problems, solutions, key metrics and competitive advantages of your business.

Wednesday, November 22nd from 3:00-5:00pm

Wednesday, November 29th from 3:00-5:00pm

**View workshop sessions online here**


Business Plan Workshops in G304, Lakeshore campus

Wednesday, January 17th from 3:00-5:00pm

Wednesday, January 24th from 3:00-5:00pm

Wednesday, January 31st from 3:00-5:00pm



Pitching Workshops in G304, Lakeshore campus

Wednesday, March 14th from 3:00-5:00pm

Wednesday, March 21st from 3:00-5:00pm

Wednesday, March 28th from 3:00-5:00pm

All workshops are led by Kevin Smith, an entrepreneur, an expert in startups. These workshops will give you the tools and skills you need to enter and excel in the competition.


Competition Details:


Business plan (soft copy), and application submission

  • Early submission: February 16th at noon

  • Application deadline: February 26th at noon

  • Finalists announced March 14th

  • All completed applications must be submitted electronically to

Final Live Pitch

Four finalists will pitch their business idea to a panel of judges in front of a live audience for a chance to win startup funding

  • Final live pitch: Thursday, April 5th

The competition will provide winners with the support they need to launch their business. Support includes seed funding, mentorship, training, and access to the CfE facilities.

Rules and Regulations

Business Plan Template

For further questions, please contact Centre for Entrepreneurship at