An intensive technology start up program for
Fall 2017 Theme:
STEAMLabs (192 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON)
13 weeks: September 16th, 2017 – December 16th, 2017
Note: Skips October 7th (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Saturdays, 1 PM – 4:30 PM
12 – 17 years old
$700 / 13 week program
ZerotoStartup is an intensive 13 week program where youth discover their personal strengths, develop entrepreneurial skills, work with real world tools and technologies, and practice working in fast-paced creative teams.
In teams, participants will ideate, design and prototype a product that attempts to solve real problems using the latest technologies. Teams will then present their product at an end of program showcase in the style of a pitch to potential investors.
Participants will be exposed to business tools and processes used prolifically in startup communities – design thinking, persona marketing and business model canvasing – to build a physical technology product with a real user in mind. This product will be prototyped at Toronto’s newest downtown makerspace using 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, and where applicable, Internet of Things technology.
Teams are allocated based on personal strength surveys in order to distribute skills and personality types. There are no prerequisites for their level of technology or business know-how.
Thanks to the generous support from Rogers we are able to provide Scholarship Positions to participants who face financial barriers to accessing this program. To apply, fill in this application form by 5pm, Friday, July 8th.
Scroll down for a detailed look at the weekly curriculum.
Interested in being a mentor?
We’re looking for mentors to support our youth teams through this program – and are particularly interested in people with tech, code, business, marketing, entrepreneurship or design experience. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gain experience using design thinking & lean start up methodologies
Build hardware + digital products using the latest technologies
Build your portfolio for university or job applications
Detailed Curriculum | Fall 2017
- Introduction to the technology to begin to demystify
- Introduction to the concept of flow and energy
- Experience collaboration versus competition
Against the Grain
Introduction to Arduino, learning styles, and design thinking
- Learn how to program an Arduino with sensors
- Execute tasks through different learning styles to understand what comes naturally versus not
- Design thinking (understand a problem, observe, create a point of view)
Learn how to build UI/UX with user and needs based improvement
- Introduction to UI/UX
- Web design, intro to HTML/CSS
- Design thinking (problem empathy, rapid prototyping, fail fast)
- Develop your personal brand
Guerrilla Garden Gnome
Dive deeper into coding, product realization, stimulating inter- team collaboration, completing full rapid project, lead into project phase
- Coding, decision logic
- Business canvas map
- Industrial design
Youth pitch with some Q&A to form teams
- Refining your idea
- Knowing what you need to make a team well rounded
Develop a project plan with roles and owners
- Project planning
- Word press
- High performing teams
- Defining constraints
- Problem definition, how to build empathy and synthesize a point of view
To prototype, test and iterate product development. Build a marketing method (website). Culmination of all skills learned to develop an idea, take it to market and work effectively in teams.
- Iterative prototyping
- Deepened technical skills on as need basis
- Deepened business skills as needed
- Presentations skills
- Story telling
- Visual design
Start Up Showcase
Showcase learning journey and celebrate. Present to judges and winners receive awards of various categories. Community learns what the kids have learned and who they have become
- Present your final product
- Reflection on the journey
- Career options
Read more about detailed outcomes from the program in our Zero to Startup blog post.