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Enabling early-stage deep tech startups to bring ideas to operational prototype.

ideaBUILD is a 10-month rigorous program that offers founders a $10,000 grant towards prototyping materials, academic entrepreneurship-leading frameworks, and deep-tech-leading industry advisers who work alongside them to validate and build their product’s first operational prototype.

Diverse industries and teams

We are proud to support founders pioneering new solutions that are transforming the planet in Ag Tech, Med Tech, Clean Tech and Ocean Tech.

We welcome applications from founders of all deep tech ventures, whether or not they have a connection to Dalhousie University.

HUB Alumni have backgrounds in the full range of engineering disciplines, as well as medicine, neuroscience, environmental science and more.

Ideal candidates

  • Between 1-4 founding team members
  • Seeking more industry and faculty advisors to refine their product
  • Expanding their team and positioning for funding
  • Research focused and need a prototype for proof of concept

About our graduates

  • Between 1-4 employees
  • Working on scaling their operational prototype for commercialization
  • Expanding their team and positioning for funding

ideaBUILD overview

Full time, 10 month term, full access

  • Access to hot desks (workspace) in the HUB
  • Entrepreneurial workshops offered by MIT and technical workshops offered by industry experts and Faculty
  • Scheduled support for use of equipment in the Emera ideaHUB and IDEA Building facilities, with engineering expertise on-site
  • Venture Manager, Program Coordinator and Academic Director supporting you on achieving your Action Plan
  • $10,000 per company to purchase materials to build operational prototype
  • Access to Industry and Engineers in Residence

March 29th: Applications close
April 2024: Interviews
April 2024: Acceptance confirmed
May 2024: ideaBUILD Kickoff

Meet the ideaBUILD October 2023 cohort
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Please apply to the ideaBUILD program below. Note: this is not a closed application process – we are here to help. Contact if you have any questions.

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