General Questions


What is UIT?

Startup Immersion

Cape Breton University's UIT Startup Immersion was founded in 2014 by Gavin Uhma (GoInstant/Salesforce) in conjunction with CBU. It is a unique combination of technology & entrepreneurship training that prepares students for a career in the tech sector – either by joining a company or launching one of their own!


What will I learn?

Industry Led

UIT's project-based curriculum is developed by industry experts; and students are coached and mentored by industry professionals. Through a combination of self-directed and structured learning – and assisted by a network of world-class mentors – students learn...

  • Code
  • Design
  • Product Development
  • and Business Skills

...by learning to build real web and mobile apps and getting feedback from real users.

Learn by doing — in a real startup environment!


Am I right for UIT?

Land a job or launch a startup — no coding experience necessary

We don't necessarily look for previous education or coding experience. We look for:

  • An aptitude for self-directed learning
  • A desire for a career in the technology industry

In other words, we look for ambition and potential.

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The 2014/15 and 2015/16 cohorts were each composed of 12 students – 6 women and 6 men – who ranged from recent high school graduates to Master's students. Some had coding experience or business degrees, while others had little to no coding experience or experience turning an idea into a product. Some entered the program with an idea already fully formed, while others were looking to gain the skills to get a job in the tech sector or launch their own startup.


Is UIT right for me?

What are your goals?

If you're interested in:

  • Getting a job in tech
  • Advancing your career
  • Changing your current career path by getting into a new industry
  • Gaining a better understanding of the tech sector
  • Starting a new company
  • Advancing your current company
  • Meeting a co-founder
  • Adding to your skillset
  • Networking and building your professional network

UIT will create all these opportunities — and more!


Credential & Timeline

Course Timeline

  • 10 months (September—June)
  • 3 semesters / 45 credits
We know that many people need flexibility. While the workload is approximately 40 hours a week, mandatory in-class time is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am–3pm.

How many students are you accepting?

Small Class Size

We only accept up to 20 students per year. This allows for:

  • More networking opportunities with mentors
  • More collaboration with student colleagues
  • And a close representation of what working in a startup looks like

Time Commitment

What we expect...

UIT is two university semesters of intensive experiential learning. While it is preferred that you commit to UIT full-time for the duration of the immersion, we deliberately made the format flexible to allow for family and work commitments. If you have concerns, talk to us!

  • Semester 1: September-December
  • Semester 2: January-April

During the winter and summer 'holidays' you are free to use the UIT facility to incubate your startup.


Life With UIT


Health Insurance

Health Insurance

UIT students are registered Cape Breton University students, so you will be covered under the health insurance plan at CBU. (You can opt-out if you have comparable coverage).


Housing

Living in Sydney

UIT is located at the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, at 37 Nepean St in Sydney's historic Northend, where you'll find affordable housing amongst students, artists, and startup founders. UIT students have full access to the classroom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we recommend living closeby. Need help finding a place? Our team can help! Get in touch!


Residence & Meal Plans

Residence & Meal Plans

You have the option of living in Residence at CBU (located midway between Sydney and Glace Bay) and buying a meal-plan. If you need assistance in finding a place to live, we are happy to help.


Laptop

Tools of the trade

UIT will loan you a Macbook Air for the duration of the program and purchase all the software you'll need. You will have the option to buy the laptop at the end of the year.