fundamentals of entrepreneurship

A 5-Week Program for International Students in Canada

Applications open for the next Cohort beginning on February 16th, 2022

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Pitch for over $250K in Funding

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Permanent Residency under Startup Visa Program

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Access to VDI Platform

5-week Program helps international students build a successful startup business in Canada.

This unique virtual program is designed specifically for international students in Canada, aiming to empower them with the skills required to become entrepreneurs. This short yet powerful program helps unleash the potential of your business idea and transform it into a full-fledged Startup.


Introduction to Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Host: Brent Lessard & Romelle Maluto

Educational webinar for International Students in Canada to learn more about:

1. Entrepreneurship in Canada
2. Startup Visa Program (Permanent Residency)
3. How to raise more than $250K for your Start-up idea through VDI’s Incubation Program

*Timing follows Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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Program Duration

5 Weeks

  • Early Bird
  • 490

Applications open for the next Cohort beginning soon February 16th, 2022

Program Benefits

VDI's team of Mentors guide you in all aspects of the business including Team building, Leadership, Operations, Finance, Human Resources and Marketing

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Peter Sutherland

Distinguished Diplomat

Former Canadian Ambassador:
Philippines, India, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

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Dennis Kibirev

Co-Founder of Frontier Funder

Growth Leader, Venture Advisor, Frontier & Emerging Market Startups

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Matt Boardman

Startup Pitch Coach

Advised Over 250+ Companies

scott kress coach

Scott Kress

Summitted Mt. Everest & 7 Summits

North Pole & South Pole. High-Performance Team Building

Jay Fisher VDI coach

Jay Fisher

Professor - School of Business at Durhum College

Business coach, advisor, and mentor to entrepreneurs

coach shreya gupta

Shreya Gupta

NortonRose FullBright

Technology and Privacy Lawyer

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Brent Lessard

Director of Programs & Operations

Winner of multiple international awards including from Province of Ontario, SpaceX, and Dubai Futures Foundation

What makes us unique?

Overall Alumni Statistics

10 +
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$ 0 M+
in Capital Raised
100000 +
Hours of Mentorship & Support Provided

What will you get from the program?

Customer Discovery

MVP Testing

Business Model Validation

Safiya Khaki

Safiya K.

Final Year Student - BBA, Accounting and Finance,

Safiya has raised over $250K in funding

"The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship program exposed me to the various elements needed to run a successful business in Canada.

If you have an entrepreneurial mindset and determination, enrolling in the FoE program can be the bridge between you and your goals; with expert advice in running a successful business in Canada as well as the opportunity to get over $250,000 in funding for your start up.

My advice to International Students in Canada is, if an entrepreneurial venture has ever crossed your mind, enrolling into the FoE program is a fantastic first step that you can take to open up a world of opportunities."

Our Pricing Plans

  • Early Bird
  • 490
  • Regular Price
  • 800

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the Program, you must:

  • Want to start a company in Canada and have a viable business idea.
  • Be an International Student in Canada.
  • Want to become a Permanent Resident in Canada.
  • Be open to new ideas and guidance from Mentors.

Applications open for the next Cohort beginning on February 16th, 2022

At the end of 5 weeks, we give you a chance to present your idea to a real investor.

Pitch for an opportunity to raise $250K+ under Startup Visa program