OCE, Venture for Canada create fellowship stream for STEM students

Fellows accepted into the program will spend two years working at an Ontario startups.

TORONTO — Ontario Centres of Excellence and Venture for Canada are harnessing the energy and skill of Ontario’s talented post-secondary graduates to power the province’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The two organizations are teaming up to give more of Ontario’s motivated recent graduates looking to start and run their own company the kind of experience they need to succeed through the creation of an OCE – Venture for Canada fellowship stream for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates to work at Ontario startups.

Fellows accepted into the Venture for Canada program will spend two years working at one of Ontario’s top growing startups, such as Vidyard, eSight, and Nymi. Fellows will be paid, receive five weeks of training at Queen’s University and ongoing mentorship and support for the duration of the Fellowship.

Current Venture for Canada Fellows include alumni of The Next 36, a Top 20 Under 20 recipient, and a former Apple engineer. For the most recent cohort, more than 800 applications were received with 37 Fellows being selected. Fellows have previously chosen to be part of the program over such offers such as attending Columbia Law School or working in investment banking.

Young entrepreneurial Canadians can submit their application online here.

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