February 03 - 04, 2024

@ JMSB Conference Center, Concordia University.

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What's UpStart?

Short answer: An entrepreneurship competition.

Long answer: The Gina Cody School Entrepreneurship Society is proud to present UpStart, an innovative entrepreneurship competition where students come together to learn new skills and put their entrepreneurial strategies to the test. Engineering and Computer Science students from all universities are invited to join! Present your pitch in front of a panel of experienced judges and learn from the best in the industry.

2-day Competition

February 03-04, 2024

Concordia University

Free to Register and Attend

Find a solution to an existing problem
Work on a mockup
Build a business model canvas
Pitch the product or service to a panel of judges


What is an entrepreneurship competition?

An entrepreneurship competition is an opportunity where students get together and develop innovative solutions to tackle real-world problems.

When and where is UpStart?

UpStart will be held at Concordia University (JMSB Conference Center) on February 3-4, 2024! We hope to see you there!

How long is it?

UpStart is a 2-day competition, beginning at 9am on Saturday and ending 7pm on Sunday.

How much does it cost?

It's free! UpStart is entirely free for all attendees.

Who can attend?

Any engineering or computer science student from a Canadian university is eligible to participate.

Can I join a team after applying?

Of course! Just email us the team name and members at: [email protected]

Will UpStart happen in-person or virtually?

UpStart 2024 will exclusively be held in-person at Concordia University (SGW Campus).

How many people can be on a team?

Teams will be composed of 4 people maximum.

What if I don't have a team?

No worries! We'll have a networking event and a Discord channel where you can meet other participants. We'll also pair up anyone who can't find a team before the event.

Can I start working on my project before the event?

No. In the interest of fairness, participants are not allowed to begin working on their project prior to the start of UpStart. However, feel free to familiarize yourself with all the tools and technologies you intend to use beforehand.

I have more questions!

Please reach out to [email protected] for any additional concerns.

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