Smart MoneyUp to $210K in which Extreme Startups takes 6% to 10% equity
Founders' EducationCutting-Edge Tech Founders Development Curriculum
Expert Mentors100+ Startup Mentors + Global Executives + Industry Experts
Industry PartnersAccess to $200K+ of exclusive perks
Free SpaceUp to 6 months in the ES Hacker House @Burroughs
Founded as Extreme University in the summer of 2009 with an inaugural class that included Locationary (acquired by Apple) and Uken Games as a summer tech start-up program to bring great ideas to life. Three cohorts were led by Farhan Thawar and Suresh Bhat that created much momentum and excitement to bring together most of the top VCs in Canada to accelerate the program's offering.
In January 2012, ExtremeU evolved into Extreme Startups which was founded by a group of Canada’s leading venture capital firms including Extreme Venture Partners, Business Development Bank of Canada, Reley Ventures, RHO Canada Ventures and OMERS Ventures. They hired seasoned VC/operator Andy Yang & community connector Sunil Sharma as Managing Directors to accelerate two cohorts of five companies per year in two 12-week sessions.
The past success of graduating 14/15 companies being offered the BDC note at the end of the program created a leading position amongst the seasoned entrepreneurial community. However, the accelerator model in the marketplace is now at a critical inflection point.
Our Market Driven Evolution
The next evolution started with the appointment of Extreme Startups mentor, investor & digital product entrepreneur Marcus Daniels as the Managing Director to truly run the accelerator like the VC-backed operating company that it is.
Leveraging the solid foundation in place and incorporating data points from visiting 10+ startup ecosystems he proposed a new market driven vision incorporating an advanced curriculum run by digital entrepreneurs to supercharge founders development and help secure institutional seed.
Lauren Robinson, an ex-investment banker & international program developer, was working on an EdTech venture in Extreme Startups' Pre-Accelerator program and planned to move to San Francisco to launch it. However, she quickly recognized ways to accelerate the vision and joined as the Head of Operations & Learning to help lead the launch of a suite of new programs.
Several new collaborators and ecosystem partners have now joined as well to help us try to disrupt the accelerator model to graduate world-class founders.