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Experience Ventures

A national program aimed at empowering students to be future ready changemakers, and giving growing companies access to early talent with the right mindset.

Experience Ventures enables college and university students to make an impact alongside real-world innovators through entrepreneurial thinking placements.

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Students get paid to develop entrepreneurial thinking skills

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Companies offer placements and engage with student talent

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Schools bridge the gap between education and the new world of work

About Experience Ventures

Entrepreneurial thinking is being creative in finding innovative solutions. It’s about taking initiative, and exchanging knowledge across disciplines. It is essential to enriching lives and advancing society.

Experience Ventures, powered by the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking at the University of Calgary, enables college and university students to make an impact alongside real-world innovators through entrepreneurial thinking placements.

Whether you are a student, new company or social venture, Experience Ventures offers a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between school and the new world of work, helping create the future today.


For more information, visit the Experience Ventures website at


Contact the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking:


Key Information

Experience Ventures is for students, startups, and social ventures.

Students will get paid to hone entrepreneurial thinking skills and work on projects with new companies and technologies that are shaping the future. For a full breakdown of the benefits, visit

Startups and social ventures can find the right early talent with the right mindset to accelerate their future—at no cost. For more information, visit

The Experience Ventures pilot program is running from Summer 2021 to Winter 2022.

Students apply for an entrepreneurial thinking placement facilitated by their school, and will be paid for their time through Experience Ventures. New companies provide in-kind support, such as time, space or expertise, and benefit from having students work on projects at no cost.

Both students and companies go through an onboarding process and participate in one of five types of entrepreneurial thinking placements. After they've completed the placement, both students and companies will evaluate their experiences.

For more information on entrepreneurial thinking placements, visit

A list of partner colleges and universities is available at

If your school is not a partner and you would like to engage in Experience Ventures, contact us for more information.

If you're interested in participating in Experience Ventures, you can sign up to be contacted at You can also contact us at with any questions you have about the program.

We look forward to connecting soon!

Government of Canada


Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning Initiative.