Become a Startup Scout
McGill University

Join the VC startup scout program and unlock a world of entrepreneurial insights. Enhance your knack for spotting potential and establish strong networks, all while substantiating your business acumen. Set the stage for the innovation of tomorrow!


McGill University, in Montreal, is renowned for its entrepreneurial atmosphere favorable to startups and connection with the Venture Capital (VC) ecosystem. Notably, the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is the university's hub for fostering and supporting entrepreneurial activities. Since its inception in 1988, it has helped establish over 300 startups, which have collectively raised over $1.3 billion in funding.

Some of the successful startups emerging from McGill include Sonder, a hospitality startup founded by Francis Davidson, which is now valued at over $1 billion. Another significant contribution to the startup scene comes from Irina Rish, co-founder of Aerial Technologies, a WiFi motion detection platform. In terms of venture capital, alumni like Ryan Holmes, the founder and CEO of Hootsuite, serve as inspiration for the entrepreneurial community at McGill.

Furthermore, McGill hosts the McGill X-1 Accelerator, a 10-week summer program that assists startups in refining their business models, strengthening their strategies, and preparing them for finance-intensive events. The program concludes with a week-long series of events called McGill Demo Days, where teams showcase their startup in Montreal, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, and New York, aiming to secure funding.

McGill also houses the Desautels Business School, renowned for its McGill Dobson Cup, one of the biggest startup competitions in Canada. The contest offers cash prizes and mentorship opportunities to budding entrepreneurs. McGill's consistent nurturing of entrepreneurship has led to its recognition as one of the most entrepreneurial universities in Canada, with a vibrant and robust startup and venture capital ecosystem.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Stay up-to-date with the latest dealflow opportunities from McGill University. Connect with innovative individuals, startups, and inventions and be among the first to take advantage of the opportunities available.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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