Fellowship Program

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

Recent grads, prepare to succeed

Long-term access to community

A community of young, diverse, entrepreneurial people across Canada that are there to support you and share experiences. You’ll lay the foundation of your professional career by connecting with our ever-growing network of speakers, leaders, startups, and alumni.

Opening the door to the Startup world

You'll get connected to small, high-growth startups from across Canada and land your first new-grad gig. How? With access to VFC’s exclusive job board, 1:1 job hunt coaching, speaker sessions, training webinars, and community building. What you put into it is what you get out of it.

Learn innovation thinking

The 3-phase, crash course of the entrepreneurship world through entrepreneurial skills and mindset training, setting you up with the real-world skills they didn’t cover in school. Thrive early in your professional career, go on to found a startup, or just be the best version of yourself.
A program designed to give graduates access to Canada's entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem with the training they need to thrive long-term.

What to expect

  • Job-readiness
  • Training access to connect to a startup
  • Speaker series
  • Community activities
  • Slack community access
  • Alumni mentorship
  • Training at Queens for 3 weeks

Why it works

VFC’s training content is based on the European Union Entrepreneurship Competence Framework that  considers initiative and entrepreneurship skills as “universal key competencies” for personal and professional success.

This foundation is complemented by our Partner Employers’ and our participants’ needs and comes to life in monthly live training sessions, through a library of self-directed learning, and broader community initiatives.

The Venture for Canada training methodology:

  • Promotes participant choice and just-in-time (as opposed to just-in-case) learning.
  • Emphasizes the importance of trust and reflection.
  • Is designed to build communities of lifelong learners who advocate for their learning needs and engage in growth and development practices throughout their careers.
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 Readiness Training
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 is on
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.
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.
“The most inspiring, talented and badass community I've ever seen.”
2019 Fellow, Michael Patenaude
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Launch Requirements
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!

Fall applications close November 10

Winter intake opens January 1 and closes February 21, 2022

Click here for more information about the Admissions process.

15 months Onboarding begins: Coming soon Training: Coming soon Job Search: Coming soon Phase 3 of Training: Coming soon Graduation: Coming soon
Installment 1: $925 (due upon entry) 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.
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. Depending on when you submit your application, VSEs will take place on:
  • Wednesday, October 20
  • Thursday, November 18
  • Friday, January 21
  • Wednesday, March 2
Job seeking starts immediately after acceptance
Onboarding for 2021 Fall intake Fellows: Coming soon Onboarding for 2022 Spring intake Fellows: Coming soon
Date Range: Coming soon; Focuses on getting you ready for job seeking.
Date Range: May 24, 2022 - June 11, 2022; Mondays through Fridays at Queen's University. Accommodation on campus. Mandatory Participation.
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