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Startup Tree

Whether you're a student, alumni, or a member of the community, you are welcomed to create a LinkedIn integrated profile, so together we can connect in one space. Discover new startups or share your own. Keep up-to-date with events and competitions, seek and share opportunities and connect with mentors or become a mentor!

Scaling is a challenge many small organizations face and the Institute is no exception. As interest for entrepreneurship flourished on campus, so did the need for mentorship. In 2015, Jenn Richardson travelled to Florida, attending the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers in hopes to find a solution to this growing problem. What she found was that she wasn’t alone. Not unlike MRU, small teams were managing their mentor lists by inputting data into excel spreadsheets collected through organic interactions, and introducing students to community members in an on-demand basis. At MRU, this meant any entrepreneur seeking mentorship or assistance had to funnel through either Ray or Jenn. As Mount Royal’s entrepreneurship community expanded rapidly, managing and making connections became an issue.

In September 2017, Mount Royal University became the first Canadian post secondary institution to introduce StartupTree to their community. The platform is designed to encourage connection between students, alumni, community members, and startups. StartupTree also offers a jobboard, event registration, and access to resources. It bridges the gap between students and local organizations that provide support to startups.

In the first month of launch, the founder of StartupTree notified MRU that we had been the second fastest growing online community in North America.