What the Global Startup School at Tamwood Careers
IS and what it is NOT?


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The Global Startup School at Tamwood Careers is NOT:

  • a typical business school
  • an incubator
  • a co-working space
  • a business accelerator

The Global Startup School is a unique combination of all these.  You can come without a business idea or even the desire to own a business.  We help you discover your passion, develop your talents and achieve your goals. By combining the traditional business school model of lectures and seminars with the lean startup, hands-on model of incubators and accelerators, you will learn the skills and knowledge to either launch your own business,  work in a startup or work as an innovator for a big business.

Forget the Classroom

While some of your learning will happen in a classroom, most will come when you get your hands dirty working on your business project.   Each course comes with a series of relevant tasks to complete on your project. They are things you need to do anyway to make progress on your business project.  New Entrepreneurs in Residence and Mentors will join the program in each module to share their wisdom, tips , techniques, advice and coaching.  Our experienced instructors are on site to assist you as you work through the assignments, build your business plan and develop your pitch presentation.

Work While Studying

Living abroad can be costly, but at the Global Startup School @ Tamwood Careers you can earn money while you study to help with living expenses. No matter which program you’re in, your Canadian study permit will allow you to work part-time (20 hours per week) during the study term and full time (40 hours per week) during your term breaks.

Tamwood Careers offers workshops, hiring fairs and tools, like a Hot Jobs List, to assist you in finding work fast! Most students find entry-level jobs in hospitality, retail or tourism and earn an average of $11-$15 per hour.

Check out the jobs on the Hot Jobs List

Entrepreneurship Taught by Entrepreneurs

You’ll learn from some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startup experts in Vancouver.

Build Relationships in the Vancouver Startup Community

Besides participating in Vancouver’s hottest new program in entrepreneurship, you will pitch your startup to a panel of entrepreneurs and business professionals, attend networking and learning events at local incubators and accelerators and connect with business, law, technology, marketing and finance experts from many fields. Come experience the vibrant Vancouver Startup Scene – we’ll teach you how to build a startup from business plan to execution, in real-world, accelerated terms.

Pitch Day

In every module you will participate in a pitch day where we show off our talented students. We give our student entrepreneurs and business leaders the opportunity to test their business and product concepts on real-world, experienced business owners and investors.  In every round of pitching you will get valuable feedback and presentation experience.

Develop a Viable Business Idea and Apply for Immigration

We coach our students on how to pitch the business they developed in the Global Startup School to designated Canadian investors.  If they get support from one of these investors they can apply for the Canadian Startup Visa with the aim of immigrating to Canada. To learn more about this immigration program and how to get permanent resident status through it, visit the Startup Visa page of the CIC website.

Harnessing Technology

All students bring a laptop running Windows 10 or a MAC with OS X 10.9 and later for use in their program.   Since startups often have to launch on a very limited budget, our students utilize mostly free software programs for their assignments.  Workshops are regularly run on campus to help students master the functioning of the electronic equipment and get familiar with new software.  Google suite enables you to access content and guidelines via your virtual classroom app and create collaborative documents.