Certificate Program


Applications are open:

Program Dates:

June 3 – June 14, 2024 (Online, Toronto)


YEDI accepts international entrepreneurs from any country. A Selection Committee comprised of industry experts and partners will evaluate applications based on set criteria.


  • Applicant is the venture’s founder; co-founder(s) will be considered

  • Any adult age or background

  • A unique and innovative idea that is in raw, seed, early, or growth stage

  • For-profit startup

  • Applicant(s) is able to travel to program location. Successful applicants will receive a letter of invitation from YEDI, in order to obtain an appropriate travel visa

  • An ability to communicate in an English equivalent to a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5


YEDI is sector agnostic and will consider start-up businesses from any industry.


The program takes place in our hybrid learning classroom located in Toronto (in-person or online option available).


Accepted participants undergo an intensive two-week program that include formal academic lectures by YEDI instructors, workshop-based training in entrepreneurship, and mentorship by key industry leaders. Students will get familiarized with the Canadian business landscape and meet with organizations supporting small business growth and development, including BDC, OCI and law firms, among other major organizations. Upon program completion, entrepreneurs will have a professionally developed business plan, executive summary, and a proper business model that will be ready to pitch and potentially bring to the Canadian market. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive an official certificate from York Entrepreneurship Development Institute.

Along with exploring Canada’s business landscape, students will also explore Canada through unique sightseeing tours during weekends.

Program Fees:

Program Fee Option 1: $8,000 USD

Includes: Tuition only

Program Fee Option 2: $10,250 USD

Includes: Tuition, Accommodation and 2 meals per day/ Graduation banquet.

Limited need-based scholarships are available for social impact ventures, please indicate your request on the application form (upload as a supporting document). Please note, should your scholarship request be denied, your application will no longer be considered for the program.

*All accepted applicants are responsible for arranging appropriate documentation (including Canadian Visa) and transportation to Toronto, Ontario.

For complete program fee information please contact us.

Curriculum Components


Students participate in lectures facilitated by YEDI professors, providing a solid foundation in Canadian business theory and economics. Theory examined includes entrepreneurship, marketing and sales strategy, business development and growth, finance, and communication skills

Seminars & Workshops

A successful entrepreneur quickly needs to learn where s/he lacks expertise and requires a network of support. Students will participate in seminars and workshops, facilitated by YEDI professors, that will prepare them for real-life application of theory in Canada, to achieve inspiration, ideation, and implementation. Topics include: visioning & environmental scanning, financial planning, and legal matters of Canadian business.


Entrepreneurs will be matched with subject matter experts across diverse industries. The YEDI Program Manager will ensure that volunteer mentors from pertinent sectors are available for valuable insight, problem-solving, and networking opportunities.

Venture Fair

Entrepreneurs need as many opportunities as possible to showcase their companies. Upon successful completion of the international program, YEDI participants will present their businesses at the exclusive Venture Fair and pitch for the opportunity to receive funding from YEDI’s own venture capital fund, as well as potential financing from other members of our investor audience. Successful entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to obtain a Letter of Support from a venture capital fund or a business incubator in attendance who are designated by the Government of Canada under its Start-Up Visa immigration stream.

The Venture Fair provides a concrete opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their business plan, models, and milestones to an investor audience, as well as create Canadian industry partnerships that will take their venture to the next step in development and success.

Peer Clusters & Milestones

Entrepreneurs often benefit by sharing best practices, challenges, and accomplishments with one another. The YEDI Program Manager coordinates regular entrepreneur cluster meetings to facilitate constructive feedback, group exercises, and peer-support. Students are also expected to complete milestone deliverables that are assigned to guide the business development process. Each milestone and achieved goal will form a component of the final proof-of-concept, with which the entrepreneur will graduate the program.

Communications Support

A business will not survive in a competitive market if it lacks customer service, people management skills, and is unable to relate well to clients, vendors, and staff. Students will take in both a lecture and a seminar involving key components of business communication skills. Our partner NCCA Canada helps entrepreneurs with their business branding, writing, communication tactics and pitch presentations, tailored specifically for the Canadian and North American market.

Have more questions about this program?

Contact us at info@yedi.ca