Emera IdeaHUB: Build Program

By mmuise

BUILD is a 10-month rigorous program that helps founders take their physical product idea from design to prototype and prepare for manufacturing and scale. BUILD includes workshops and one-on-one sessions to advance hardware companies in Atlantic Canada. Sessions are focused on designing/building hardware in addition to business fundamental sessions for running a startup.
The BUILD program consists of a series of 4 modules, each focused on a different stage of product development: Prototype, Build, Scale. 1. CPO Track: Hands-on product development sessions to get the applicant through rapid prototyping, build, iterating and testing. New sessions on design for manufacturing and supply chain. Access to faculty and industry experts;
2. New CTO Track: support for software and data/analytics considerations for deep tech product;
3. Team Track: MIT facilitated sessions on Disciplined Entrepreneurship, to ensure entire founding team has consistent understanding of venture building fundamentals; 4. HUB System: Monthly accountability meetings, access to Faculty and Industry, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and support for material budgeting and sourcing processes. Team development workshops and coaching.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is $10,000 per company to purchase materials to build operational prototype.

Deadline: Currently accepting applications

Applicants must be Atlantic Canada startups which:

  • have between 1- 4 founding team members;
  • are seeking more industry and Faculty advisors to refine their product;
  • are expanding their team and positioning for funding;
  • need a prototype for proof of concept.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. email the completed application to ideahub@dal.ca;

2. present to the Operations Committee, if selected among the top candidates for full-time residency.

Documentation Needed:

No specific documentation has been identified.

Other Things to Note:

Emera ideaHUB and Innovacorp work together to fund and accelerate BUILD client companies.

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