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Startup Certified

Startup certified


The Ted Rogers School of Management presents the Startup Certified Program, an opportunity to go through an exclusive program with workshops hosted by The DMZ's Launchpad for Entrepreneurs powered by Desjardins throughout the fall and winter semesters. The Launchpad platform includes expert-curated content, helping students gain the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the early stages of their entrepenurship journey. Upon completion of the program, students are offered two exciting paths; Co-op/Internship Opportunities or Business Idea Incubation. 

Program Topics Include:

  • Introduction to the startup ecosystem 
  • Product Management 
  • Sales & Business Development 
  • Marketing & Design
  • Funding & Investment Relations 
  • Panel Discussion with successful entrepreneurs

See the bottom of this page for upcoming Information Sessions to learn more about Startup Certified or click here to access the Startup Certified Information Package. (external link, opens in new window) 

3 Mandatory Sessions

Internship Opportunities

Business Idea Accerlation

Up to $50,000 in funding available

Upcoming Sessions

Save the Dates

All sessions are mandatory for successful completion of the program. Sessions are all hosted at 6 PM and will be recorded for those unable to attend.

Upcoming Sessions:

Wednesday, Jan. 19th | 2 PM to 3 PM Information Session | Location: DMZ

Tuesday, Jan. 24th | 6 PM to 7 PM Information Session | Location: DMZ

Tuesday, Feb. 1st | 6 PM to 7 PM | Information Session | Location: DMZ

This session will introduce you to the program, provide information on entry requirements, and what you can expect from Startup Certified.  (google form) Sign up here for the information sessions. (external link, opens in new window) 

This year the program will be a virtual program which can be completed at your own pace. 

Program participants will be provided access to the Launchpad platform where content will be organized into individual chapters. To complete the program and receive a Launchpad certificate, participants must obtain at least 80% on a final assessment. 


Course Schedule





1 - 4

January 30th - February 6th



Chapter Review I (Mandatory)

February 7th


6:00 - 7:30 

Reading Week

February 18th - 24th



5 - 8

February 19th - February 25th



Chapter Review II (Mandatory)

March 7th

DMZ - 6th floor in 10 Dundas St E

6:00 - 7:30 

9 - 12

March 8th - March 27th



Chapter Review III


March 28th


6:00 - 7:30 

13 - 14 (Final Test + Next Steps on Paths to Take) 

March 29th - April 11th



* Date Change

** Location Change

"Unlike Startup School, which offers a comprehensive view over a long period of time, Startup Certified gives you what you need to get started. Going through startup certified early during your undergrad is something I can recommend to any student."

Hamza Khan, Startup Certified Alumna


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