Applications open December 10th 2018

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Provide access to resources, and education on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship

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Our Vision

To become the leading community supported entrepreneurial program within Vancouver

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Establish entrepreneurial network of peers and mentors to help ideate and realize business ideas


Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with the next big idea looking for the necessary business tools needed to help your startup succeed?


About the Program

Young Women in Business (YWiB) Vancouver, is proud to announce the launch of our first ever Side Hustle Bootcamp. We created this program to coach passionate individuals in the ideation stage of a startup with a viable potential business idea. Over the course of the eight week program, coaches will be covering topics like business planning, MVPs, and presenting & pitching. At the end of the bootcamp, participants will pitch their startup to a panel of judges in the final session. Participants will be judged based on the potential success of their idea and how they have progressed through the program.


The Workshops

Time: Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30pm

Dates: April – May 2019

Location: Mobify, 725 Granville St #420, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6

Who: 10-12 participants


  • A separate coach with topic expertise will run each session. For Pitch Night, all coaches get together to judge

  • Each session begins with 2 participants giving a 3 min pitch of their progress so far

  • You’ll have an accountability partner to keep you on track throughout the program


The Participant

You must be graduated from school and currently working. If you're a student, please explore your University YWiB Chapter to see if they have an entrepreneurship program for you.

This program is for:

  • Currently in ideation stage of startup with viable and high potential business idea

  • Young professional in early stages of career (<3 years preferred, not mandatory)

  • Committed to delivering timely results and see startup idea to succession

  • Passionate, visionary, with high degree of tenacity, flexibility, and motivation

  • Willing to commit every Tuesday in April and May 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm, and personal time required to bring side hustle to fruition

The Coaches

The ideal coach:

  • Experienced founders that have delivered industry-renowned results

  • Well established and respected in their career with 5+ years of experience:

    -Quantified by 1+ start up with 2+ years longevity and/or earned distinguished recognition from the entrepreneurial community

  • Willingness to commit a minimum of 2 hours workshop and attendance at final pitch day

Program Schedule

Important Dates:

Application Intake:

  • Application Opens : December 10th

  • Application Closes : Feb 3rd


  • Group Interviews - Weeks of Feb 13th, 20th, 27th

  • Shortlisted Candidates Notified - March 4th


  • Program Dates - April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th / May 7th, 14th, 21st 28th


The Course

Part 1: Strategy

Session 1: IDEATION: Ice breaker; understand proven methods to generate viable ideas, characteristics successful ideas have, and the problem space and solution fit

Session 2: STRATEGY/ BUSINESS PLANNING:  Create a value prop and positioning statement, define competitive landscape and market size, target customer archetype, and understand the customer discovery process and method

Session 3: GO TO MARKET STRATEGY: Customer buying process and decision network, channel and the channel economics, customer acquisition plan and identify lead customer, revenue generating models

Part 2: Execution

Session 4: MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT (MVP): Process, testing, and the purpose of an MVP, what to avoid and what to include, common pitfalls

Session 5: FINANCIALS: GST, grants & incentives, funding options, common revenue models for businesses, what is a break-even-point, the importance of liquidity, testing key financial assumptions

Session 6: LEGAL & MISC: Types of contracts, importance of IP and Patents, Incorporation vs Business License vs Sole Proprietorship, when to pivot, when to get a lawyer

Session 7: PRESENTING & PITCHING: What investors are looking and their motives, what needs to be in the pitch, what makes a good pitch

Part 3: Demo Day

Session 8: WRAP UP: Lessons learned (Panel + Wine/Cheese Networking)

Pitch: Your goal is to have the most actionable business plan

Program Fees

There is no application fee for the program. Participants will only be charged once they have been accepted into the program.


$400 for Non-Members

Including one year YWiB Vancouver membership (valued at $150)


$250 for YWiB Members

Existing memberships expire after one year. Make sure your membership is still valid.