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fileBrenna Duperron used her Venture Co-op term to develop her business, SuperMom Parties.

Venture Co-op

Venture Co-Op offers the completion of an independent co-op working on a new venture concept or existing business.

This is a self-employment opportunity with no associated salary, open to SFU students in any faculty. An award is provided equal to the amount of the term’s co-op fee.

The student will be considered a full-time client of Venture Connection's Incubator program for the duration of the work term, occupying an incubator office for a minimum of 30 hrs/week (Location TBA - either SFU-Surrey or SFU-Burnaby).

Next Application Deadline

Monday, March 28th, 2016

(Spring 2016 Term)


"Taking a self-run co-op position has turned out to be the best thing I’ve done in my time at SFU. I came into the semester with an idea what I wanted to do and a basic business plan, but not much idea of the real world requirements to do it.

The mentorship, support and networking from Venture Connection has built this up to a level where I am now comfortable pitching to investors and planning what needs to happen to make a successful venture. This is different then any other co-op; how far you go with it is entirely up to you, but no matter what you learn a huge amount along the way."

Jesse Robson
BBA Candidate Founder, Action Sport Concepts Venture
Connection Co-op Spring 2012
Read more in the SFU Beedie Blog post on Jesse.

What Venture Co-op can offer you

Once selected by SFU Venture Connection, you have access to:

  1. Office space provided by SFU Venture Connection at one of the SFU campuses.
  2. Regular meetings with an experienced mentor to discuss your business and explore ways to launch, grow, or refine your strategy. 
  3. Access to networking events, volunteer business advisors and service providers
  4. When possible Venture Connection can connect you with relevant contacts and industry experts.
  5. SFU Venture Connection covers the cost of your co-op practicum tuition while you complete Venture Co-op.


Students applying to Venture Co-Op must meet all of the following pre-requisites:

  • Have a clear business idea.
  • Have a services, product or licensing business model which plans to employ multiple people and where business growth is a major objective.

If at time of application the student has an existing business which will be a focus of the work term, this business must meet all of the following prerequisites:

  • Have at least 50% of its management control held by SFU students
  • Have a clear business concept and presentation.
  • Have defined management roles and five or fewer members on its management team.

If you are ready to take the next step for your business idea or existing business, check the job posting on Symplicity as soon as possible!

Acceptance Criteria

  1. Applications will be received for work terms starting in September, January and May. Application deadlines will be posted at the beginning of each term.
  2. Individuals or management teams must first apply to the program through Symplicity (See "How to Apply" below).
  3. If selected for further consideration, the applicant will submit a short slide presentation outlining the business concept and a selection panel with business experts will be held to review it.


To be considered for Venture Co-Op, a student must first be accepted into the SFU Co-Op Education program. Please consult the “Apply to Co-Op” section of the Co-Op website ( under “Prospective Students” for current application procedures.

How to Apply

  1. Go to Symplicity and search for the Venture Co-op (co-op position) with SFU Venture Connection * note - this position is open to students in ANY faculty
  2. Review the job description very carefully as you must submit additional documents
  3. Submit the following required documents using Symplicity (details in the job posting)
    - resume
    - Venture Co-op application forms (available for download from the Symplicity Document Library)

Next Application Deadline

Monday, March 28th, 2016

(Spring 2016 Term)



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