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RISE (Ryerson Innovation Student Experience)

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The Ryerson Innovation Student Experience (RISE) is an 8-week virtual incubation program that supports young entrepreneurs to experience the journey of building a business in the creative industries.

With a focus on fashion, product, retail, media, music, design and technology, the program enables students to sharpen entrepreneurial skills while developing real-life solutions.

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About the RISE Program

Through the program, you will:

  • Discover and develop ideas through the 100 steps 2 startup curriculum
  • Validate ideas through research and data-driven decision making
  • Develop a minimum viable product (MVP) 
  • Establish go-to-market strategies
  • Work with mentors and industry advisors to get support in business development
  • Access workshops/programming through the Creative Innovation Studio (Studio) and Zone Learning community
  • Gain exposure to industry-standard prototyping and design tools and equipment

Program Schedule

The program takes place June 21-August 19, 2021 and is completely virtual until further notice. At the end of the 8-week program, teams have the opportunity to pitch for dinner with the Dean + special guest!

Applications Open: June 1, 2021 

Applications Close: June 13, 2021 

Notice of Acceptance: Week of June 13, 2021 

Program Duration: June 21, 2021 - August 19, 2021

Orientation: June 21, 2021

After reviewing applications, the Creative Innovation Studio team will contact the successful candidates via email. 

Team Formation

Interested students can apply with a business idea or with an existing business in the early stages (pre-mvp). If you are currently working with a team, you can add up to 3 additional team members; the only requirement is that all students must be current post-secondary students/recent grads. 

No idea/team - No problem! You can also apply as an individual looking to join a team.

Program Requirements

To participate in the RISE program applying students should:

  • Be a current Ryerson student or recent graduate (within one year)
  • Have an interest in entrepreneurship or a business idea/innovative solution
  • Submit a complete and qualifying application form
  • Be available during the length of this program 
  • Have the ability to work on their project for 15 -20 hours per week 
  • Participate in mandatory scheduled meetings and virtual workshops


Apply to RISE


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