How to Start a Startup

Save on time, money and stress when you don't know where to start.

How do I know this course is for me?

If you think ‘MVP’ stands for ‘Most Valuable Player’, then this course is for you.


Scoping ideas with the Business Model Canvas
Testing your idea with customer interviews
Tools to design and build a prototype
Tools to find and test with early customers
How to build a sustainable business model
Pricing strategies
Building a pitch deck with pitch coaching
Market sizing (is your idea worth pursuing?)

About This Course

So you have a great idea for a startup. Problem is, great ideas are a dime a dozen. What matters is proper execution of your idea. Most startups fail because they build the wrong thing and can’t get customers.

Launching a startup is a strenuous endeavour – there is no doubt about it. In this intensive, hands on, practical bootcamp you will learn how to think about your startup the right way. We take the case study approach to go from idea phase to validating a business model to creating a prototype; all within one weekend. This course will save you time and money, and will kick start your idea so you leave the course with a clear path, and possibly even some early stage customers under your belt.

If you have a great startup idea, DON’T let it go to waste!

The Instructor

Chris Kay

By day, Chris is a Financial Analyst working with entrepreneurs and angel investors on their personal financial affairs.

By night, Chris is an active member of the Toronto tech start-up community. Chris mentors several startups, as well as he is a two-time mentor at Techstars Startup Next Pre-Accelerator program, the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world. Chris is an active speaker on frontier tech topics such as Internet of Things, Big Data and Bitcoin. Prior to co-founding Multiplicity, Chris acted as the Group Manager of the Ryerson Angel Network where he was responsible for deal-flow generation and initial screening.

Chris studied Finance at Ryerson University, and has obtained his Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations, he is also a CAIA Canada Chapter Executive based in Toronto.


We had the pleasure of being mentored by Chris. He helped us obtain laser focus by redefining our vision, thinking big, understanding our market sizing, and understanding where we should be heading. He helped us simplify and redefine our product message to capture the attention of our customers. He's assisted us with crafting powerful presentations for both customers and investors/accelerators.

Paul AmendolaCo-Founder & CEO of Toronto tech startup

Pricing & Schedule



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Saturday, December 3, 2016

8:00 AM: Check-in

8:30 AM: Start: Lectures and workshop

12:00PM: Lunch is served

1:30PM: Lectures and workshops

7:30PM: Wrap up, with optional drinks and networking

Sunday, December 4, 2016

8:00 AM: Check-in

8:30 AM: Start: Lectures and workshops

11:00 AM: Lectures

3:30 PM: Participant’s pitches start

5:30 PM: Wrap up, with optional drinks and networking

Courses will be held at Workhaus FiDi (56 Temperance St.) or Workhaus Market (100 Front St. E.)

**The location of your course will be sent to you via email prior to the start date**

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(416) 219-6962