Start@UTIAS Application Guidelines

Please check here for the application submission deadlines. Applications should be submitted via email to Joan DaCosta dacosta(at)

Your application should be no more than 3 pages.  As a general guideline, the following are key items to be included:

1.  Team Name

  • This should be the name of your company if it is incorporated.
  • If a company has not been formed, give a name to your team.

2.  Team Description

  • Each team must consist of 2 or more people.
  • Name of each team member and his/her current UTIAS status.
  • Who is/are the team leader(s)?  Why were they chosen?
  • What are the expected roles and contributions of each team member?
  • How did your team come together?

3.  Business Idea

  • One sentence describing the idea of your business.
  • Provide a detailed description of the product(s) and/or service(s) offered by your business.

4.  Market

  • What is your primary addressable market?
  • Are there other markets that you may be able to address?

5.  Competition

  • Identify your competitors.
  • What are the competitive advantages of your business?

6.  Financial

  • What are possible revenue models for your business?
  • How are you planning to use a possible Start@UTIAS grant?
  • Have you received other funding?
  • What are your future financing requirements?

Please submit your application in PDF format via email to Joan DaCosta at dacosta(at)