York Entrepreneurship Development Institute (YEDI) – Incubator Program


YEDI accepts 15 entrepreneurs per cohort. Accepted students undergo a free, intensive 16-week program, including formal academic lectures by YEDI instructors, workshop-based training in entrepreneurship, and mentorship by key industry leaders. At the end of the incubator, entrepreneurs will have a professionally developed business plan, an executive summary, and a proper business model that is ready to pitch and potentially bring to the market. Upon successful program completion, participants receive a formal certification from YEDI.

Comments on Funding:

Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to apply for seed funding and/or VC funding through YEDI’s Venture Capital fund.
Funding is intended for early-stage opportunities in the start-up validation stage, when the scientific, technical and commercial merit, as well as the feasibility of the applicant’s product or service has been determined.


Applicants must:

  • be start-ups from any industry;
  • be the founder of any adult age or background; co-founder(s) will be considered;
  • have a unique and innovative idea that is in raw, seed, early, or growth stage;
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

Other Things to Note:

Applications are open now. (23.11.2022)
Program Start Date: March 1 – June 23, 2023.

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