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Elements of the Lazaridis10 ScaleUp Program

As a member of the Lazaridis10 your company will receive:

  • One-on-one time with international experts in each functional area.
  • 120 individual hours with a mentor chosen for your company.
  • A national peer group of other CEOs and founders.
  • The framework and tools you need to execute your growth plan.

Combined with hard work, these building blocks can lead your company to:

  • Immediate changes and measurable progress every 30 days.
  • Prepare for your next round of funding within 12-18 months.
  • Be on the path to global market success.

Cohort 3

The CEO plus one-three executive team member from each of our Lazaridis10 companies participate in five program weekends. These consist of two to three days each, over the course of six months. The Lazaridis ScaleUp Program culminates in five days of meetings and connections in Silicon Valley.

Weekend modules for Cohort 3 begin October 25, 2018, in Toronto.

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Peer networking and mentorship are key features of the ScaleUp Program. You will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from both global mentors and other leaders from the Canadian tech startup industry.

Weekend Modules

Each weekend of the ScaleUp Program has a theme based on the needs of the Lazaridis10 cohort. A variety of topics may be included in each theme - again, determined by the challenges faced by the cohort. Examples include:

What does it take to scale?

Topic Example: Facing the scaling challenge, discover what makes you 'scale fundable', articulating your vision and mission, getting to 'wow'.


Topic Example: Leadership for scaling, building a corporate culture for scaling, organization design for rapid growth, talent management and growth metrics.

Product Development

Topic Example: Design thinking, product road-mapping and metrics, the customer experience and pragmatic branding.

Customer Acquisition

Topic Example: Selling at scale, marketing and market analytics, building a global brand and global market access.

Finance and Operations

Topic Example: Financing your scaleup, business economics, global operations, intellectual property, risk and crisis management.

Access to the US Market and Beyond

Topic Example: Six months into the program, the Lazaridis10 spend an intensive week in Silicon Valley, meeting with and learning from successful companies, executives and influencers who can advise you on how best to deal with challenges in expanding to the US market.

Peer Network

Over the course of the Lazaridis ScaleUp Program, our global network of experts provides you with individualized mentorship, coaching and advice as you prepare for each step in your company's scaling journey. These experts work with you to develop a plan to address your company-specific issues and chart your path forward, sharing their own personal experiences and challenges with scaling a company along the way.

You also have an opportunity to interact with and learn from some of Canada's most promising technology scaleup companies, with similar growth objectives and aspirations. This peer network of companies will be exceptionally valuable as you continue to scale.


The Lazaridis ScaleUp Program provides customized support. This means we don't have a set list of mentors we use every year. We select a mentor personalized to your industry and challenges, matched to our profile of your unique needs. This one-on-one time with global mentors and experts helps you dig into your company's specific growth challenges and goals, and bring about actionable change.

How It Works

  1. Company is selected
  2. Company is profiled
  3. Mentor is selected for each company
  4. Mentor and company connect virtually
  5. Mentor and company meet in person at one of the weekend modules

You work with your mentor on an ongoing basis, to immediately apply what you learn in the weekend modules. After working together with the other companies, the global experts, and with your mentor, you will have built broad and deep relationships across Canada, in Silicon Valley and beyond.

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