What is Breakthrough?

Breakthrough is a program for students looking to scale and expand their existing business/company in an accelerator-style environment. The program is sector-agnostic and focuses on preparing ventures to expand to new markets, achieve investment and experience rapid business growth.

Why join Breakthrough?

Our program is unique for many reasons. Firstly, we offer up to $8,000 in funding for ventures that meet specified milestones over the course of the program. Participating founders will have a dedicated workspace, an exclusive group of mentors, coaches, and industry experts.  Additionally, we offer synchronous sessions as a part of a carefully curated curriculum and opportunities to pitch ideas and solutions to early-stage investors!

New this year includes international trips to a variety of incubators around the world, these soft landing programs are designed for you to explore new markets, retain international investment and help you scale and expand your business.

Who is Breakthrough for?

Currently, students at Carleton University can register for the program as an intern, co-op and also be provided with the opportunity to register through a “special topic” elective in order to participate in the program. The program is also open to faculty, recent grads and non-Carleton community members. Students who register for an elective course will earn academic credit toward their degree completion. The benefits of the overall program are consistent for any member of the Breakthrough program.

When does Breakthrough take place?

A brief example of the program curriculum can be viewed below the registration form. If you have any questions about Breakthrough or any of our other entrepreneurial programming please contact kirstenjosling@cunet.carleton.ca