A Startup School for Entrepreneurs: Validate Your Idea, Launch Your Business, Get Traction, Raise Funding, and Change The World. 

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LAUNCH

Have an idea that will change the world? We’ll help you get from idea to launch with the help of world-class mentors and resources. Plus, you’ll join 120+ alumni in our network and receive ongoing support from Spring.

GROW

You’ve launched… Now what? We take the best and most promising companies, and teach them what it takes to get from $10k to $1M. We’re all about getting you the right money at the right time.

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We’ve worked with some of the best in the business and seen our entrepreneurs grow their companies from just an idea on a whiteboard to raising their first round of capital.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS

Your master plan. Clarify your value proposition and see where true growth can be found.

IMPACT

Learn how to incorporate impact into your company and build a mission.

CUSTOMER DISCOVERY

The customer is always right, here’s how to find them.

MVP

Create, iterate, test, repeat. Get your MVP up THEN perfect it.

SALES

Build the right sales process to help you scale fast.

GROWTH HACKING

Create a compelling marketing and branding strategy on a startup budget.

PITCHING

Pitch to win, learn to present and win over judges and investors.

HIRING

How to hire right and build a winning culture.

New Entrepreneurs

Companies Created

Jobs Created

Countries

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

LEARN

You’ll be learning and working in The Nest @ Spring, collaborating with fellow Springers and getting tooled up on how to build your company into the best it can be.

LAUNCH

Armed with the tools, resources, and master plan; launch your startup and get going changing the world wherever you are. We’ll be keeping tabs on you with optional on-going mentorship, a sweet coworking space, and some Spring alumni-only events/perks.

MENTORSHIP

Fantasize about some quality one-on-one time with people like Boris Wertz? We bring the best in the business to mentor our entrepreneurs. Think Hootsuite, Version One Ventures, Unbounce, Axiom Zen, and more.

RAISE

And when you’re ready to take your startup to the next level we’re here for you. Our Capital Raising Bootcamp takes in a max of 8 founders per cohort and offers one-on-one coaching to help you get to close and spend your money the right way.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

INVESTMENT STRATEGY

Your master plan. Exactly how you’re going to vet investors and close deals.

DUE DILIGENCE

ABC. Always. Be. Careful. How to both pass an investor’s and conduct your own.

BUDGETING

You have to make it to close. Here’s how to build runway.

FORECASTING

Determining the value of your company and showcasing what you bring to the table.

NEGOTIATING TO CLOSE

Sealing the deal.

SPENDING WISELY

You earned your money. Now it’s time to make it work for you.

PITCHING

Pitch to win, learn to present and win over judges and investors.

IDEAL INVESTOR

How to target the right investor for your business.

OUR ALUMNI

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS?

INSPIRE – SPRING U

5 WEEKS,15 HOURS, 150+ ALUMNI  

Learn how to validate your idea and find your target customer. Get connected with top mentors and become a member of our alumni network to access ongoing support throughout your startup journey.

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LAUNCH

8 WEEKS, 24 HOURS OF PROGRAMMING, 150+ ALUMNI

Get your product to market and into the hands of your first customers. Learn what it takes to launch while learning and growing with your cohort and alumni members.

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GROW – SPRING U

10 WEEKS, 30 HOURS OF PROGRAMMING, 150+ ALUMNI

Learn how to hire smart, structure your sales strategy, and growth hack your way to success. Take advantage of the Spring U network to Accelerate your startup and become funding-ready.

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FUNDING – SPRING U

2 WEEK, 6 HOURS, $4 MILLION+ RAISED 

First time raising funds for your startup? Join our crash course to build your pitch deck, find your ideal investor, and learn how to successfully close a round of funding.

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LOCATIONS

 

Our on-site programs are offered across Canada at our partner organizations and online offerings are easily accessible all over the world. We value accessibility at Spring and our goal is to enable anyone to become an entrepreneur so that they can launch, grow, and change the world! Connect with us in-person or online and meet like-minded entrepreneurs like you!

Spring University is currently in over 30 cities worldwide and offers virtual programming, so no matter where you are, you can have a global community of mentors and fellow entrepreneurs at your back.

Apply to launch, grow, and change the world in one of the locations listed below, or inquire with us directly.

Vancouver, Canada

Seattle, USA

Kamloops, Canada

Kelowna, Canada

Nova Scotia, Canada

Yukon, Canada

Nanaimo, Canada

Comox Valley, Canada

Brazil

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Barcelona, Spain

Bogota, Columbia

Boise, USA

Boulder, USA

Dubai, UAE

Athens, Greece

Kenya

Los Angeles, USA

Manila, Philippines

New York City, USA

Nigeria

Alaska, USA

Portland, USA

Maine, USA

Raleigh, USA

Sacramento, USA

San Francisco, USA

Tokyo, Japan

Caracas, Venezuela

Washington, DC, USA

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Comox Valley, Canada
Kamloops, Canada
Kelowna, Canada
Nanaimo, Canada
Nova Scotia, Canada
Vancouver, Canada
Victoria, Canada
Yukon, Canada
Bogota, Columbia

Brazil
Athens, Greece
Tokyo, Japan
Kenya
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nigeria
Manila, Philipines
Barcelona, Spain
Dubai, UAE

Alaska, USA
Baltimore, USA
Boise, USA
Boulder, USA
Los Angeles, USA
Maine, USA
New York City, USA
Portland, USA
Raleigh, USA

Sacramento, USA
San Francisco, USA
Seattle, USA
Washington, DC, USA
Caracas, Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Online – Anywhere

At Spring, we’re always looking for new partners, people, and organizations that share our values. Our mission is to give all entrepreneurs access to the tools, resources, community, and programs they need to be successful no matter where they’re starting up.

If this sounds like you, please get in contact with us directly about bringing Spring to your city.

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Since 2014, Spring has produced IMPACT, Vancouver’s only conference combining the best of PURPOSE + PROFIT + TECH to create a powerful force for change and rapid business growth. In 2015, we welcomed over 400 attendees and 20 amazing speakers . Stay tuned for 2016!

SPRING IS LAUNCHING  ENTREPRENEURS CHANGING THE WORLD

Even after graduation our alumni continue to learn and grow together within the Spring network. We offer ongoing mentorship and support as well as a private peer-network that you will retain access to for life. Join our network of entrepreneurs changing the world today and count yourself among our amazing alumni!

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OUR TEAM

Keith Ippel

Keith Ippel

CEO

I’m passionate about helping entrepreneurs change the world by connecting their ideas with the right tools; resources, technology, and funding. I co-founded Spring to focus on early stage entrepreneurs with high growth potential who want to make the world a better place. Whether you call it social good, impact, conscious capitalism, do good, or social entrepreneurship – Spring is the place to transform your ideas into impact.

Jennifer Chin

Jennifer Chin

Community Manager

Jen shares Spring’s story with our growing community through a variety of channels, partners and content creators. She enjoys seeing good companies grow and is a fan of all things innovation. Have something to share? Shoot her a message at jen@spring.is

Chin Hing Chang

Chin Hing Chang

Program Manager

Chin supports the growth of Spring through Business Development. He does this by building awareness in the community via strategic partnerships and by promoting our workshops and programs. He is also the lead facilitator for Spring University, a global startup school for budding impact entrepreneurs.

Nancy Chapman

Nancy Chapman

Advisor

Nancy has 15+ years of experience working with companies to define their business strategies, improve their operations and build a culture of performance. She has consulted to & worked with Fortune 500 mainstays and technology start-ups, helping to establish scalable business processes that foster growth, cultivate high performance teams and raise capital. Nancy is known for her creative energy and ability to translate strategic vision into action plans that build momentum.

Kevin Corkum

Kevin Corkum

Partner

Kevin helps Spring companies to get unstuck. Business model, customer discovery, product/market fit, co-founder issues…you name it. Mentoring, counseling, listening and sometimes even a shove are the tools of the trade. Most people need help creating the right question, not answer. And as a mentor for the Kick program, Kevin helps teach lesson plans and provide delightful anecdotes about the life of a fulltime entrepreneur.

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