welcome to fanshawe's leap

london’s campus linked accelerator

leap junction is part of the campus-linked accelerator (CLA) program, an initiative of the Ontario Government and administered through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Campus Linked Accelerators are an important step in the evolution of Ontario’s entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem. So what does it do?

what we do:
  • support startups with one-on-one business analysis and mentorship
  • create and host entrepreneurial-focused workshops, pitch competitions, retail opportunities, and events geared towards networking and skill development
  • provide co-working space and meeting rooms for all of our clients
  • act as a link for students and youth to access investors, industry, and other stakeholders in the city
  • integrate entrepreneurial activities into the local community and work with a vibrant ecosystem that supports local entrepreneurs
  • Leap IN summer incubator which provides seed funding, mentorship, programming, and co-working space for a selected cohort


LeapIN Summer Incubator: Meet Our Cohort!

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Alex Jaworiwsky

That Time of Year Again Last year we had extraordinary success in running our first ever incubator and are very excited to have a new group with us. Once again, we will be ta...

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Your Dream Start-Up. Check Out Fanshawe.

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Fanshawe


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Trampoline 60 Second Pitch Competition!

Posted on March 5, 2018 by Alex Jaworiwsky

We ran our third annual Trampoline 60 Second Pitch Competition on February 28th with the goal of helping students launch their leap forward into the world of building their o...

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#fridayfeature with Ryan of Gamerlink

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Alex Jaworiwsky

#LFG Gamerlink started with a problem, as so many businesses do. Two friends, who had been gaming together their entire year of school, weren’t going to be a few doors down...

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#FeatureFridays with Richard and Forest City Records

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Alex Jaworiwsky

A Music City You may have heard of the musicians that pass through large venues like London Music Hall and Budweiser Gardens, but London happens to have a thriving music comm...

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#FeatureFridays with Kelvin and The Fritter Shop

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Alex Jaworiwsky

The Fritter Shop If you’ve ever been to the Western Fair Farmers’ Market, you probably know our first #FridayFeature. The Fritter Shop is the first stop that many people ...

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Top 20 Under 40 – Nicole Snobelen

Posted on December 8, 2017 by Alex Jaworiwsky

Top 20 Under 40 Awards Ceremony On November 9th, 2017 London community members took to the stage of the London Music Hall to share their stories and celebrate their personal ...

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Leap Junction Does Good!

Posted on July 18, 2017 by Alex Jaworiwsky

Thursday July 13th was a day for the Leap Junction history books with help from Toast! London and some very helpful Leapers. Toast! London Toast! London is a  monthly dinne...

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LeapIN: The Final Leap!

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Alex Jaworiwsky

Well, nine weeks sure flew by! The Final Celebration On July 5th, Leap Junction and the LeapIN cohort celebrated in style with a luncheon and special popup on Fanshawe's cam...

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Leap IN: We’re Halfway There

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Alex Jaworiwsky

We just finished our fourth week of Leap IN which means we’re almost halfway through. Time flies when you’re having fun!   The Beginning Our first few weeks ...

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stone soup 2017

Posted on March 9, 2017 by Alex Jaworiwsky

the story of the stone soup The Stone Soup fable is an old one but and important one for budding entrepreneurs. A traveller comes to town with nothing to eat and asks ...

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5 tips for using brand ambassadors for your startup

Posted on March 9, 2017 by Erika Oakes

Before starting my children’s clothing line, Os & Oakes. I truly had no idea what social media marketing entailed, let alone what brand ambassadors were. I actively enga...

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learning by doing

Posted on March 9, 2017 by Colin McParland

Here is a link to the full virtual paper: Business London ...

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leap junction movie night: generation startup

Posted on March 9, 2017 by Alex Jaworiwsky

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Generation Startup film screening! The film follows six entrepreneurs who are working at startups in Detroit, Michigan: Dextina (Roc...

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keeping entrepreneurs connected

Leap Launch

What’s your bright idea? Come light the spark in our collaborative space, located in the F1012 student lounge. So if you have a business idea, let us be the extension cord that powers you up and connects you to your next (ad)venture.

Check our Facebook page and Twitter for new events and workshops!


Welcome Fanshawe Students! LEAP is excited to have you back, come play with us at Fall Orientation – we’ll have beach balls, jump ropes, and a volleyball tournament for you to leap into! Come discover what we’re all about, and don’t forget to enter our social media campagin for your chance to win a prize!

fall and spring marketplace

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you have a product that you want to sell to test the market and earn profit from? Then join us during our Fall/Spring Entrepreneurial Marketplace - a retail pop-up cart opportunity for young entrepreneurs to sell their products or services and build recognition for their business within the Fanshawe Community!

Oh, and tables are FREE for any entrepreneur wishing to participate!

workshops (continual)

Every year Leap Junction is excited about meeting new entrepreneurs during Fanshawe’s Orientation Week. You can find us in the halls leaping on our trampoline, and handing out the latest swag. Come find us!

trampoline - launch your leap

Get ready to launch your LEAP and win $1000 by participating in our 60 second pitch competition! Held at Fanshawe college and open to current Fanshawe students. 60 seconds to LEAP in for $1000 cash prize!

research and innovation day

Are you participating in research as a part of a course, capstone project, or within your startup? Showcase your project individually or as a team for your chance to win cash prizes awarded in the areas Entrepreneurship, Community, Business and Industry.

stone soup

Stone Soup is an annual networking event designed to expose youth to the opportunities of entrepreneurship. Discover your talents, meet others with similar aspirations and be exposed to the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem London has to offer. What’s your stone? The stone is your big idea, all the other ingredients are the resources and talent that go into the pot to make your very own Start-up Stone Soup!

seed your startup

Turn your business ideas into a reality by participating in our Annual Business Pitch Competition. The competition is open to all current Fanshawe and Western Students, successful applicants are invited to pitch their awesome business idea to a panel of judges. This year there are two pitch categories, tech based and product or service based businesses, each with a $3000 prize to seed your startup

leapIN summer incubator

Really get plugged in and take your idea to the next level. Receive a LEAP Junction grant and spend your summer months powering up your startup. The summer incubator is open to all entrepreneurs aged 18- 29. Applications open in February and close in April while the incubator runs in May and June 2017. Applications are screened, candidates are shortlisted, and are then invited to pitch.


we would love to hear from you!

please fill out our intake form to get started... connect here

Apply for our summer incubator LeapIN

Earn up to $5,000. Applications open until March 1st. Apply Now