Design for Startups

Design for Startups is an initiative of Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. In partnership with BCIC and Highline, the program is intended to addresses a gap in how early-stage companies engage with design by systematizing a method for integrating design into the model of a technology accelerator.

Through this initiative, 5 Emily Carr designers are matched with 5 early-stage companies in residence at Highline, a startup accelerator based in Vancouver. Two rounds of the program are running in Vancouver (Spring and Fall 2015) and one in Toronto (Fall 2015). This initiative has been running since September 2013 and has been shown to be an effective model for knowledge transfer to emerging businesses in British Columbia. Please visit the Emily Carr website for information and details on how to apply.

Website: research.ecuad.ca/livinglabs/
Twitter: @_livinglabs

Emily Carr
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our learning community merges research, critical theory and studio practice in an interdisciplinary environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award-winning creators and thought leaders who have enormous impact on both the cultural sector and economy. They engage students, industry, and society to continuously explore and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world.

Living Labs
Living Labs, one of four research centres at Emily Carr, supports creative projects, social venture and entrepreneurship driven by art and design. They build projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building. 

Highline
Highline is a Vancouver-based startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs build great companies through seed funding, mentorship, collaborative workspace and 3 months of intensive programming. Highline brings together the best and brightest entrepreneurs from the world and connect them with our global network of top tier investors, mentors and partners. 

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