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Limited number of spots available. Deadline: July 25, 2021

Build Your Own Bot-Based Business this Summer!

Bots are big business.

Don’t believe us? In 2016 alone, team collaboration app Slack, only a year old at the time, invested more than $2 million into start-ups that integrated with its platform, including 11 bot-style services, with dozens more bot-related investments in the years since!

Here is your chance to build your own bot-based business at the E2 (Entrepreneurship x Engineering) Innovation Accelerator.

You and a team of fellow engineering entrepreneurs will combine your passions for business, technology and community to design and build a premium bot to address challenges faced by teenaged users of the incredibly popular chat platform, Discord.

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What is a Bot?

A Bot, short for robot and also called an Internet bot, is an application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Bots generally perform tasks that are simple and repetitive, much faster than a person could.

Accelerator Dates

  • Bootcamp #1 (FULL)

    • Week of Aug. 9th – Aug. 13th, 2021
    • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
    • No experience required
  • Bootcamp #2

    • Week of Aug. 23rd – Aug. 27th, 2021
    • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST
    • Background in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is an asset

In both Bootcamps, time will be split between learning modules & individual work periods.

Participation

  • Students from Grade 9 to 12 all across B.C. (as of September 2021) are invited to join one of the two Bootcamps. Students who have recently graduated from Grade 12 are also eligible to apply.

Location

  • All meetings will be virtual. Access to a computer and internet is required.

Time Commitment

  • 30 hours per Bootcamp. This includes:
    • Team meetings and workshops with Bootcamp mentors
    • Individual prep work

Cost

  • $50 per student. This fee is non-refundable and due at the time of acceptance into the Bootcamp. We want all eligible students to have the opportunity to join this Bootcamp and, thanks to JABC donors, we can offer financial support if required. Please contact us for more information.

Mentorship Opportunities

  • Students will be guided by University mentors & industry experts.

During these Bootcamps, students will use human centered design thinking to create a proof of concept for their own tech project.

INSPIRE | IDEATE | IMPLEMENT

  • Inspire: Through conversations and observations with your users or target market, you will understand the needs and challenges to consider while building your solution.
  • Ideate: Work collaboratively with your team to start building your idea. This stage will include brainstorming, visualizing, discussing and mapping out all potential solutions for the problem that you have chosen.
  • Implement: Once you have designed an informed solution, you can build a low-fidelity prototype, create a business model canvas for your project and try to develop partnerships in preparation to launch your product for real-world use.

(Source: Ideo.com)

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Limited number of spots available. Deadline: July 25, 2021

For more information, contact: Company Program Manager Avani Karadkhedkar at avani.karadkhedkar@jabc.org

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