Design for Startups

Design for Startups pairs emerging designers with early stage technology startups to work on a specific design problem.

To date, the program has connected 50 early-stage tech companies with designers. Students are hired as Research Assistants and are supervised by Shumka Centre faculty and advisors as they work directly with company teams.

Next Cohort: January – April 2021
Company applications for Spring 2021 have closed.
Designer applications will be accepted until November 20, 2020.

How it Works

  • Companies tell us what problem you would like solved
  • We match companies with an Emily Carr designer who has the skills in that area
  • Student designers join your company team and work closely with you and your stakeholders for twelve weeks
  • Students also meet weekly with Emily Carr faculty and designers in a lab setting, where they are supported in keeping projects on track

Examples of Past Projects

  • Leading a co-creative process of user research and branding to transform Karmahire into Callings
  • Designing the creation tool from idea to wireframe for Cognilab
  • Overhauling the form and function of email campaigns for Spacelist
  • Creating icons and data visualizations to represent user libraries for BitLit
  • Designing a mobile app for Koho

Companies interested in participating in this program apply here
Students interested in participating in this program apply here

This program is generously supported by the Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. Student salaries are provided by Innovate BC.

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