CUT OUT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?
TandemLaunch has a very open and dynamic culture. Entrepreneurial energy, an open minded attitude
and high risk tolerance are key characteristics for all TandemLaunch staff.

 

About the program

 


WHAT WE DO

We bring together brilliant technologists and exceptional entrepreneurs to accelerate early-stage technologies from the world’s top universities.


OUR PROGRAM

The Entrepreneur-in-Residence program empowers you to build a start-up team, develop a technology and validate the market with up to $500,000 in financing.


YOUR ROLE

You lead the technical and business development of your venture with the support of the TandemLaunch team, mentors, industry partners, and more.

WE BRING TOGETHER TEAMS

The Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program provides business and technology professionals with an opportunity to jump into the start-up process.

BUSINESS LEAD

Their objective is to champion and mature the business case and team for a high value project and, ultimately, transition into an appropriate business leadership role of an emerging portfolio company.

Our Business Leaders have demonstrated competence in bringing start-up or non-profit initiatives to fruition, are passionate about the consumer electronics space and great interpersonal leadership skills.

TECHNOLOGY LEAD

They work with the TandemLaunch Creation Team to identify emerging technologies in those fields, evaluate competing solutions and surface leading edge concepts suitable for venture creation.

Our Technology Leaders generally have deep technical education or experience in fields such as signal processing, computer vision, displays, cameras and human computer interaction.

4+
Ventures created per year
600+
University Partners
40
Investment Partners
15+
Industry Partners

PROGRAM TIMELINE

SELECTION

The first month of the program is designed to test the qualifications of new Entrepreneurs-in-Residence.

CREATION

Entrepreneurs-in-Residence receive $50k and up to 5 months to assemble an investment project.

INCUBATION

We provide up to $500k to incubate the project to the point of an independent company.

GRADUATION

Companies graduate via sustainable growth revenues or Series A financing to become stand-alone ventures.

 

 

Some of our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

 

Tara Akhavan

Craig Buntin

Afsoon Soudi

Mojtaba Khomami Abadi

Ashok Prabhu Masilamani

Yutian "Syt" Shu

YOU

You’re ambitious, creative and motivated? You have an entrepreneurial energy, an open minded attitude and a high risk tolerance? You’re exactly what we’re looking for.

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F.A.Q.

WHAT DOES TANDEMLAUNCH DO?

TandemLaunch scouts, accelerates, and commercializes early-stage technologies in close partnership with entrepreneurs, universities and consumer electronics companies. Our specialization is in commercially attractive innovation in the fields of human-computer interaction, video and image processing and audio consumer technology. We collaborate with innovative entrepreneurs and technologists to turn these initial ideas into high quality start-up ventures that our partners then lead to international impact.

Our projects follow the normal trajectory of technology start-ups but with significant acceleration provided by TandemLaunch at each stage of growth.

Our incubation program provides innovators with mentorship, turn-key engineering and business resources, and $500k in seed financing. Graduates from our program can draw on further venture investment from our TandemLaunch Ventures seed fund or its 25 Investment Partners.

WHAT IS THE CORPORATE CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT LIKE?

Risk-taking is required in every investment we make. This puts pressure on every member of the team to perform at the highest standard.

Through our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program we are committed to supporting each venture with the resources it need. Our success as a team is based on both team play and a high level and individual contribution. TandemLaunch strongly encourages individual initiative and creativity. Success, advancement opportunities and career acceleration are solely based on your performance and value added. You are accountable for your achievements and deliverables.

Our corporate culture gives everyone space to be themselves. The TandemLaunch team is multicultural, diverse, smart, driven and competent. Our corporate values of fairness, integrity and respect are shared and embraced by all employees.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE Entrepreneur-in-Residence PROGRAM?

Unlike most incubators and accelerators, TandemLaunch builds companies. We do this by bringing together entrepreneurs, technologists, early-stage technologies, and industry input in an environment designed to encourage start-up formation.

The objective of the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program is to allow business and technical leaders to create high value projects and, ultimately, transition into the appropriate leadership roles of an emerging portfolio company.

WHY PARTICIPATE IN THE TANDEMLAUNCH PROGRAM RATHER THAN BUILDING A START-UP ON YOUR OWN?

TandemLaunch improves the quality and speed of the ideation or creation stage of a new venture through technical expertise, industry-based due diligence, and targeted sourcing of high caliber contributors. Once established, we further accelerate the incubation of the venture through turn-key staff resources, hands-on mentorship and efficient operational support. Finally, we can provide graduating new companies with further growth financing and access to a broad investor base. All companies graduated from our program have raised significant Series A rounds within 1-3 months of graduation.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN CANDIDATES FOR THE PROGRAM?

The baseline requirements for candidates are a desire to be fully committed to a start-up venture in the consumer electronics technology space, and an ability to relocate to Montreal during the incubation phase of the project. Candidates are evaluated in the following areas:

ï Entrepreneurship*: Demonstration of entrepreneurial experience and aptitude is a must for potential Entrepreneurs-in-Residence.
ï Technology*: Skill and experience in a technical field relevant to consumer electronics is an asset to all Entrepreneurs, and a requirement for technical candidates.
ï Attitude: The start-up process requires individuals who are highly self-motivated, are able to deal with ambiguity, are willing to champion their ideas, are persistent, and are flexible/creative problem solvers.
ï Leadership: We are looking for candidates who will be able to chart a path for new ventures and build high performing teams committed to each ventureís vision. Strong communication skills, a strong sense of ethics and integrity, and the ability to work effectively with others both inside and outside the organization are essential.

HOW LONG DOES IT TYPICALLY TAKE TO MAKE IT TO THE INCUBATION STAGE?

The length of the Creation Phase varies significantly from project to project. The project is structured to encourage advancement to the Incubation Phase within three months of joining the program. The maximum period of time that candidates may stay in the program without successfully advancing to the incubation stage is 6 months.

In order to advance to the Incubation Phase, a project needs:
ï Market Validation
ï Technology Validation
ï Team Assembly

DO I PHYSICALLY NEED TO BE IN MONTREAL DURING THE CREATION STAGE?

If you intend to take a leadership role in a new venture, you will be expected to be available in Montreal during the Creation and Incubation stages. Our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence come from all over the world, so we can provide assistance with immigration matters.

WHAT KINDS OF RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE CREATION STAGE?

During the first month of the program, candidates go through a qualification process where they have access to mentorship, office infrastructure, and expert network to develop initial business and validation plans.

Once successfully qualified, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence receive a $50k budget to facilitate the validation and planning activities needed to meet TandemLaunchís investment criteria. This budget allows for the use of appropriate staff resources (e.g. engineering staff to build an early demo of the technology, consulting services for technology review from a member of our Technology Advisory Board), any incidentals associated with the Creation Phase (e.g. a visit by the inventor to TandemLaunch, industry engagements, etc.), and a basic $2K/month stipend for the Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

DO START-UPS NEED TO BE BASED IN MONTREAL?

Yes. For the same reason that full time, fully focused Entrepreneurs-in-Residence are needed. Start-ups are hard enough with everything focused and together ñ they are hopeless if the team is fractured. It is critical that the team is initially together during the Incubation Stage both for this reason, and to fully leverage TandemLaunchís infrastructure. After companies graduate from the program there is no requirement for them to remain in Montreal.

WILL I BE PAID?

Once qualified, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence receive a $2k/month stipend during the Creation Stage. On advancement to the Incubation Stage, regular start-up salaries and equity considerations apply.

WILL I BE ABLE TO CONTINUE MY ACADEMIC OR PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS AN ENTREPRENEUR-IN RESIDENCE?

Building a start-up is really hard and being an entrepreneur is a full time role that requires fully focused attention. Faculty members and other time-constrained contributors can be valuable advisors and supporters of a project but, in general, cannot take a leadership role.

WHEN CAN I START?

Applications are open at any time. We try to achieve common start times for our new Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to optimize team building but can generally accommodate strong candidates at any time.