Our Innovate2Build Program is designed to support the unique needs of USask founders. The i2Build Program  provides access to entrepreneurial programming, infrastructure, and a network of experts to help build successful ventures on campus. Current USask students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply. Applications for the 2024 cohort program close Feburary 5th 2024.

If you are not ready to apply for 2024-25, join our online community to get notified about our 2025-26 intake. 

Applications for the 2024-2025 Cohort are now open!

How It Works

10 Months

April – January

Workshops, Webinars, Bootcamps 
Includes a 2 hour in-person sessions 2 times a month.

Mentors, Coaches & Advisors 

Curated connections to a network of experts of qualified mentors, coaches, and technical advisors who provide personal insights, professional perspectives, and valuable feedback.

Field Validation  
Skills development put into practice through networking events, pitch sessions, customer interviews, and a demo day finale.

One-on-One Guidance
Ongoing feedback to strengthen your entrepreneurial skills and venture roadmap.

Who Should Apply

Aspiring entrepreneurs who are ready to mobilize their deep tech invention on campus.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current USask student, faculty, or staff
  • Have advanced knowledge and technical expertise in a STEM-related field 
  • Eager to develop business skills and experience to transform your technology into a venture 
  • Coachable, motivated, independent, and disciplined with strong leadership skills 
  • Must commit to a 10-month in-person program from April 2024 – January 2025, participate in-person at the orientation session in April 2024, and attend the program finale event in January 2025
  • Teams are encouraged to apply

About Your Technology

  • Based on some proof of concept (TRL level 3+ is recommended)
  • Addresses an unmet need or has potential to create a new market
  • May be part of an early-stage starup


For guidance or more information, contact the i2Build Program Coordinator
Anu Tandukar  

a photo of the Opus program coordinator  Anu Tandukar