Experience Ventures

Experience Ventures allows McMaster University students to make an impact alongside real-world innovators through entrepreneurial placements working with startup companies at The Forge.

Students receive meaningful work experience, one-on-one mentorship related to their field of study, and a $825 stipend.

Students joining the program, must complete their 80-hours by March 31, 2023.

Interested in joining the Experience Ventures program or learning more?


How it works:

  • Students are hired for an 80-hour experiential learning placement with a Forge startup.
  • Experience Ventures opportunities are structured and short-term experiences that complement the student’s academic study area and fit within their busy schedule.
  • Forge startups hire students in areas where support is needed most and the founders mentor the student as they work on their project.
  • Project areas of focus include marketing, sales, business development, engineering (software/hardware), market research, web design, graphic design, etc

Student Eligibility:

Any student from any discipline and faculty registered in a Canadian college and university who is:

  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Enrolled in any full- or part-time program of post-secondary study.


For more information, please contact:

Jessica Rudden
Program Coordinator
The Forge Business Incubator
McMaster University
info (at) theforge.mcmaster.ca

Learn more about the program at Experience Ventures.