Venture for Canada announces partnership with Fasken

By Erica Ormiston

Venture for Canada (VFC) announced a new partnership with Fasken, a leading Canadian law firm, which has extensive expertise in advising start-ups and scale-ups.

“Fasken’s commitment to supporting Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs directly aligns and complements the work we do at Venture for Canada,” says Scott Stirrett, Founder and CEO of VFC. “We’re excited for all the upcoming collaborations with Fasken.”

The new partnership will support entrepreneurial recent grads who participate in VFC’s Fellowship Program. Fasken will host and sponsor a series of events, such as job fairs for Fellows and startups, multi-disciplinary training events, capstone project presentations, and graduation ceremonies for program participants.

“We believe in the mission of VFC and are excited to help usher in the next generation of Canadian founders and future executives,” says Andre Garber, Partner and Co-Lead of Fasken’s Emerging Companies Group. “Within our group we strive to help entrepreneurs achieve their long-term goals, and believe that with this partnership we can help Canadian growth companies build strong foundations.”

Venture for Canada Fellows receive access to a month-long training camp, ongoing training, and 15-months of applied work experience at an innovative Canadian startup. To date, 325 Fellows have participated in the program, with 100% of Fellows from the 2019 cohort being assessed by their employers as meeting or exceeding expectations. Venture for Canada Fellows have received such accolades as being accepted into Y Combinator, named to MIT’s 35 Innovators Under 35, and being named to the Bay Street Bull 2018 Power 50. The next intake of applications for the 2021 Fellowship Cohort will open this Fall.

About Fasken

Fasken is a leading international law firm with more than 700 lawyers and ten offices on four continents. Fasken’s Emerging Companies Group is an international practice that has worked with leading venture capital firms, high-growth companies, and entrepreneurs around the globe. Fasken supports clients from startup to exit on a full-spectrum of needs and has first-hand experience watching their clients scale to success. Fasken ensures to work with teams to achieve the best possible outcomes and value putting their clients at the centre of everything they do. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at: fasken.com.

About Venture for Canada

Venture for Canada is a national charity that accelerates the careers of Canadian youth by providing immersive learning opportunities at Canadian startups and small businesses. The Venture for Canada Fellowship Program accelerates the careers of recent post-secondary graduates by providing practical work experience at startups, access to strong peer networks, and entrepreneurial skills training. For additional information, please visit VFC’s website: ventureforcanada.ca/

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Pictured above: 2019 Fellows at Queen’s University.