FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Startup Programs - General
What will I get out of being in the District 3 programs?

You’ll have access to various resources that can save you years of trial and error, and enable you to reach your goals in a shorter timespan. All this, without giving up any of your equity or your intellectual property.

– Get one-on-one coaching with seasoned entrepreneurs

– Learn proven startup methodologies

– Take part in a cohort and benefit from peer to peer learning

– Receive guidance to ensure you are investor-ready

– Access potential interns, employees and consultants

– Participate in events and workshops to develop your skills

– Consultations with lawyers, accountants, and service professionals

– Network of over 5,300 community members

– Design lab to teach you design thinking and prototyping

– Discounted tools and software

How do I know which program is right for me?

We’ve outlined the requirements for each program here:

Customer Validation

Prototyping

Customer Acquisition

Depending on your application answers, the form matches you with the right program. We will automatically consider your application for our other programs in the case that we think you might be better suited for it.

If you’re still unsure about the process, come speak to us at our upcoming info session on April 5th or April 20th (sign up here) or send us an email at startups@d3center.ca.

What are some companies that have gone through the District 3 programs?

Examples include Heddoko, Revols, Ananda, Hyasynth, E-Panneur, Ananda Devices and Jotun. You can see the more of them on our startups page.

How much does it cost to participate in your programs?

We offer free startup programs open to all. We don’t take equity and your intellectual property remains your own. The only cost is the energy and commitment required to develop your startup.

Are the programs only for Concordia students or alumni?

No, anyone can take advantage of our startup programs.

What if I fail?

As an accelerator of innovation, one of our goals is to give you the proper tools to validate your business idea using as few resources as possible. So, what happens if your idea isn’t validated? You have the freedom to pivot or even come up with another idea. Our coaches are there to guide you along the way.

Who should I contact If I have questions other than the ones asked here?

 

Send us an email at startups@d3center.ca.

 

 

If I join District 3, does my idea belong to Concordia University?

No,  Concordia University does not hold any intellectual property rights nor does it have any equity in your business. Ideas developed within District 3 are purely yours.

Startup Programs - Application Process
I can’t find the application form for the specific program I’m interested in.

There is only one application form for all programs. Depending on your answers, you will be directed to the right program.

Is the information session mandatory?

No, but it is a perfect opportunity for you to ask any question you may have, and to find out which program is best suited for you.

What time specifically do applications close?

Applications close on April 24th at 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time).

When will we receive the decision for our application?

Invitations to come pitch at D3 are sent out at the end of April. After the live pitches, acceptance letters are sent out on May 8th!

Why didn’t you accept our application?

Not receiving an acceptance letter does not reflect the viability of your idea or startup. There may be many reasons why, we receive a large number of applicants for every cohort

Can I apply to more than one program?

Only one application is permitted. The application form will lead you to the right program. We will automatically consider your application for our other programs in the case that we think you might be better suited for it.

I'm starting a startup. Can I meet with you?

Unfortunately, we have many applicants that apply and only meet with teams in extreme circumstances. We recommend you come to our information session on April 5th or on April 20th, where we will be able to answer any questions you may have. If your question is not addressed in our FAQs, you can send an email to startups@d3center.ca.

I’ve completed programs at other incubators or accelerators or already received funding, will that be an issue?

We recommend that you set an appointment with us to see if we can contribute to the success of your startup. If one of our programs is the right fit for you (and you get accepted), it is important to keep an open-mind during the entire process as you may have to revisit certain assumptions.

Can a single founder apply to your programs?

Applying as a single founder will reduce your chances of being accepted into our programs.

Why? Our programs are demanding in terms of work/output, which is usually too hard for one founder to handle. We highly recommend you find a co-founder with complementary skills, as we prioritize the applications that have a minimum of 2 co-founders.

Do we need to write a business plan?

No. We make our decision based on the completed application form and your pitch.

I intend to build a small or medium business requiring little or no external investment, are the programs suitable with my goals?

Absolutely, we ensure to provide you with guidance that is aligned with your interests and we don’t pressure you to seek funding.

Will you accept multiple startups working on the same idea?

We evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis, but they would usually have to be at different stages in their startup journey. In the extreme event that there are startups in our programs who are in competition, we work tirelessly to ensure there is no exchange of sensitive data.

We’ve already been working on our startup idea for a while, are District 3 programs appropriate for us?

Our programs are designed for each phase of the startup journey. For instance, those that are at a later stage go through our customer acquisition program.

Do you only accept startups that write software or that are part of specific industries?

No, we are open to all startups as long as your idea is innovative.

I have a great idea for a startup, but I'm not technical. Can you help me find programmers to implement my idea?

 

We are not able to assist in finding programmers as we give priority to the startups that are part of our programs. However, we encourage you to attend our events, which is a great opportunity for you to meet future co-founders.  

 

 

My team outsources software development. Are we still qualified to apply?

Yes, you are qualified.

Is my age a factor in the application process?

No, age is not a factor when considering applicants. 

Does each cofounder have to submit a separate application?

No, the application accounts for all cofounders.

I have several business ideas, can I apply to the programs to work on all my ideas?

Our  programs are designed to validate one idea at a time.

Startup Programs - Location, Office Space, Travel
Do I get office space if I get into a program?

All of our teams get office space at District 3. Typically, this space is given 6 weeks into the start of the program.

Is it mandatory to have office space at District 3 if we are part of the MVP or PMF programs?

No.

Can I still use the common areas even if I don’t have a desk at District 3?

Absolutely! Whether you want to hold meetings, develop your ideas, or use our 3D printer in the Design Lab, you’re more than welcome to pass by.

Do I or all the founding team have to be in the District 3 location for the entire 8 to 26 week period?

We require a minimum of one founder that is available for the entire 8 to 26 week period. The founder should be able to attend the workshops and be available for coaching sessions.

Can we complete one of the programs without moving to where you are?

We require a minimum of one founder that is available for the entire 8 to 26 week period. The founder should be able to attend the workshops and be available for coaching sessions.

We are not incorporated yet, is that an issue?

It is not an issue, you don’t have to be incorporated when applying to our programs.

Do we have to be incorporated in Canada or Quebec for you to accept us?

No, it is not necessary to be incorporated in Canada or Quebec to get accepted. However, depending on the industry and type of startup, you may be able to benefit from financing opportunities. If you are admitted into our program, you will have access to service providers who can advise you on your options.

Do we have to be Canadian citizens?

No.

Can you get us visas?

We evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Do I have to stay in Montreal when the program ends?

No.

District 3 - General Inquiries
If I want to talk with someone from District 3 do I just drop by your office?

We have Friday tours from 3:00-3:30 where you can meet with one of our staff members. They will be able to answer all of your questions or put you in contact with someone who can help you. This is also a great opportunity to come visit the D3 space! You can register here: http://bit.ly/fridaytours2017

What are District 3’s open hours?

 

The District 3 space is open from 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday to Friday, and staff office hours are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you wish to meet with someone from District 3 you can email us at info@d3center.ca or come to the Friday tours at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Can I access District 3 on the weekend?

Only our startups and their teams can access the space over the weekends.

Are District 3 events limited to District 3 entrepreneurs?

Not at all! District 3 hosts events that are open to the public. We encourage you to attend so that you can see our space and interact with some of our startups. All public events can be seen on our Facebook Page or subscribe to our newsletter!

When attending events, what areas of District 3 can I access?

Our events are limited to either the classroom, the Design Lab, or the ideation space. We ask that attendees respect our startups’ office space and do not go on the carpeted area during an event.

 

How can I get access to District 3’s Design Lab?

To join our Design Lab, you can send them an email at makerspace@d3center.ca with your project and/or idea.

I would like to work or complete an internship with a startup at District 3

That’s great! Our startups are always looking for new talents to join their teams. If you wish to submit you application, please send us your CV to: online@d3center.ca 

If you’re a concordia student, District 3 has Innovation Projects which are 3 month internships where you’ll be challenged to create innovative solutions for established organizations. You can check it out here.

I would like to offer consulting services to your startups

District 3 is always looking for service providers who wish to help our startups. To join our list of service providers, you can contact our CFO in Residence, Sean Cullen (sean@d3center.ca).

I would like to invest in your startups

For any financial related inquires about District 3 or our startups, you can contact our CFO in Residence Sean Cullen (sean@d3center.ca)

I would like to give a donation to District 3

For any financial related inquires about District 3 or our startups, you can contact our CFO in Residence Sean Cullen (sean@d3center.ca).

I would like to become a mentor, expert or coach to help your startups

District 3 is always looking to expand our network of experts, mentors, and coaches. You can contact Maylen Cytryn (maylen@d3center.ca), Manager of the Startup Department Operations, she’ll be happy to answer any inquires you have.  

I would like to schedule an interview for a media inquiry, who should I contact?

For any interviews or media inquiries you can contact our Communications and Marketing Manager, Khalil Haddad (khalil@d3center.ca).

Can you promote our event, project, or other initiative with the District 3 community?

We are always happy to promote the latests events and projects happening with our community. You can send us your events on our Facebook page or email us at communications@d3center.ca.

We would like to schedule a visit…

We have Friday tours from 3:00-3:30 where you get the chance to see our space and ask any questions you may have to our staff member.

If you’d like to formally visit our space, as part of a group, you can contact the Assistant to the Director, Mariel Desjardins (mariel@d3center.ca).

I would like to work at District 3

Thank you for your interest in District 3, please consult our careers page for current opportunities. If there are no opportunities available, you can send your CV and cover letter to mariel@d3center.ca stating how you can add value to our team.

Innovation Projects
When will the next cohort start?

May 8th, 2017

How many applicants are you expecting?

We expect to receive approximately 200 applications from students across all departments and faculties of Concordia.

What is the application deadline for Summer 2017?

The application deadline is Friday, April 14th, 2017.

What is the review process for applications?

Applications will be reviewed from April 15th onwards and we will contact qualified candidates on an individual basis to schedule in-person interviews. All applicants will be contacted by April 26th once the final selection of candidates has been made.

What is the interview timeline for Summer 2017?

Interviews are scheduled for April 24; we ask that you keep your whole day available in case you are selected for the interviews.

When is the final selection?

The final selection will occur on April 25, and you will receive a final response by April 26 at the latest.

What is the timeline of Innovation Projects?

Participants are required to commit full-time, at 35-hours per week, between May 8th and August 3rd

Will my GPA affect my chances of getting in?

No. The GPA is taken for data purposes only.

Are the internships paid opportunities?

Some positions will be paid placements. We do expect a high number of applicants and will have unpaid placements.

Is it possible for students outside of Concordia University to apply?

The program is only open to undergraduate and graduate students of Concordia.

How much time do I need to commit to the project?

Participants are required to work 35 hours per week. This includes Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. However, keep in mind that passionate projects require flexibility in your schedule and adaptability with time management.

What do I need to bring?

Laptop and lunch. While we provide consumables that you may need for prototyping, you will need your own laptops.

Where will Innovation Projects be held?

District 3 will have projects at the SGW and LOY campus. Projects will be placed based on resources and best fit with neighbouring departments and research centres. Participants will be notified of location upon acceptance of the internship offer.

I am not a designer and don’t have a portfolio, what should I submit?

Although not mandatory, you can choose to submit a visual portfolio/website, or other work samples such as papers, presentations or articles that you might have written and want to share.

I am interested, but I study in an area that seems unrelated to innovation, can I still apply?

Absolutely, we are looking for diverse students coming from a wide range of backgrounds.

I am an international student in Canada. Can I still apply to work on Innovation projects?

Innovation projects at District 3 are considered to be on-campus work opportunities. Please refer to Concordia University’s International Students Office to gain more information around whether you are eligible to work in Canada with the permit or visa you may be holding.

How are the teams formed?

The teams are formed based on competencies and skill sets that the mandates require. Each team composition will be multidisciplinary, and likely include team members with backgrounds in Engineering, Design, Business, and Arts & Science. The more diversity of experience and knowledge, the better.

What will I learn in the 3 months?

You will be learning a wide range of skills from:

  • Professional presentations and feedback
  • Working with experienced business people (corporate/business professionals?)
  • Learn how to self-reflect, which is a necessary skill leading to higher emotional intelligence, heightened awareness of self, and therefore being able to better work in any team.
  • Critique yours and other’s work – a skill necessary for producing excellent quality end-products
  • Working on a multidisciplinary team – people from varying fields, coming together to build something
  • Learning about team dynamics and how you can optimize communication amongst your team to yield better results
  • Design approach to solving problems – an invaluable skill that will carry forward in any project or job you have in future
  • Prototyping using software and hardware materials