Fellowship Program

Immerse yourself in startup culture, entrepreneurial training, and a cohort of values-aligned innovators to grow your career opportunities.

Launching a career at a startup is the new pathway to entrepreneurship

Startup Careers

Community & Network

Entrepreneurial Training

The Fellowship is designed to give graduates access to Canada's entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem with the training they need to thrive long-term.

What you'll get

  • Job-readiness training, 1-1 coaching, and job search support
  • Exclusive networking events with startups, a private job board, and startup connections
  • Three-week, in-person entrepreneurial training Bootcamp at Queen's university
  • Career-specific training in Marketing, Sales, Operations, and Customer Success, amongst others.
  • Year-long professional development sessions
  • Access to 400+ Fellows and Alumni through Slack community access
  • Alumni mentorship

The Evidence

Over eight years, Fellows have been connected to and worked with high-growth startups while we support them with entrepreneurial training to launch high-growth careers.

Fellows go on to found their startup or business, take on leadership roles in startups, or take the entrepreneurial skills they learned and apply them to larger organizations, like Grammarly or Clearco.

The Fellowship is an inclusive program that focuses on entrepreneurship, startups, succeeding in the workplace and most importantly, growing your skillset.

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Admissions
Complete a short, two-step application form, record 3-min video pitch; attend a Virtual Selection Event; selected applicants are in. No fee to apply. See our details section below for details on our admissions process.
Job Hunt Preparation
Our training program starts with leveling up your resume & cover letter, master mock interviews and get the 1-1 coaching support you need to be ready for the job hunt.
The Job Hunt Begins (With Support)
Completing the job readiness training means you’re ready to meet our startups: connect with our network of partner startups through our community-only virtual networking events and a Fellow-only-access startup job board, all while getting 1:1 support from our employer partnerships team.
Entrepreneurial Training Camp
Summer Camp meets Startup Bootcamp; a 3-week, 5 days/week in-person Training Camp designed to solidify entrepreneurial skills! Picture this: a community, growing your network, mingling with entrepreneurial leaders; plus Professional Tracks sessions on popular startups roles (Marketing, Sales, Customer Success & Operations).
Connections That Last A Lifetime
Community and training continues post-Training Camp with Industry Leaders at our Speaker Series sessions, Fellow community-led events and training sessions specifically designed to support your cohort through the next year of the program.
Graduation
You’ve done it! We’ll celebrate what your cohort has accomplished over the Fellowship and you'll gain the life-long benefits of the Alumni network. Join the Alumni Council, share your learnings with future Fellows, continue your entrepreneurial career development. The possibilities are endless.
Training Camp 2021
Get a peek at what Training Camp looked like last year. This year's Training Camp will be in-person at Queen's University.
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“The most inspiring, talented and badass community I've ever seen.”
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Eligibility - Who it's for
Graduate(d) between Fall 2019 and Spring 2022.
Have a post-secondary degree or diploma from a Canadian post-secondary OR be a Canadian who has studied abroad.
Fields of Study: Business, Arts & Humanities, or STEM
Legally eligible to work in Canada.
Be available to begin to start searching for work as soon as you're accepted into the program.
Life-long learner, eager and committed to complete our year-long training program.
Great communicator, interested in entrepreneurship and developing their own potential, and willing to learn to deal with ambiguity!
The final deadline to participate in a 2022 Fellowship is March 7, 2022.

Click here for more information about the Admissions process.

15 months of programming Program Onboarding Session
    • Fall Intake: January 19, 2022
    • Winter Intake: April 14 & 15, 2022
Job Board Opens & 1-1 Job Search Support Begins:
    • Fall Intake: January 19, 2022
    • Winter Intake: April 14 & 15, 2022
  Queen’s In-person Training Camp
    • Both Intakes: May 24 - June 11, 2022
  Job Search Support Continues; Monthly Live Professional Development Sessions
    • July 2022 - July 2023
  Founders, Entrepreneurial Leaders Speaker Series
    • July 2022 - Ongoing (bi-weekly)
  2022 Fellow Graduation
    • July 2023
Installment 1: $925 (due upon program acceptance) Installment 2: $925 (due April 15, 2022)
Up to $3,000 per bursary based will be awarded. All applicants who are successful will be eligible to apply based on proven financial need. See more information here.

The last step in our admissions process, VSEs are your opportunity to get a taste of a VFC training session and solve a team challenge with other finalists. You'll learn more about the Fellowship Program and we'll get to know how you work with others in the team challenge.

Selection Events will take place in March 2022. Read more here about Selection Events.

May 24, 2022 - June 11, 2022; Mondays through Fridays at Queen's University. Accommodation will be provided on campus. Mandatory attendance.
Packed 5-days a week content from industry speakers, workshops, sprint challenges, and community social events. Entrepreneurial skills development training, plus choose from 15+ career-specific workshops in Marketing, Sales, Customer Success, and Operations
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