Early Bird Fund

The Early Bird Fund is a fund for first-time student entrepreneurs at Memorial University. If you are new to entrepreneurship and need some guidance to get started, this fund is for you. We will help you use up to $500 to test the potential of your idea. You will receive mentoring on how to maximize the effectiveness of the money you spend and increase the learning per dollar spent.

“The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”Walt Disney

The Details


  • First-time student entrepreneur at MUN
  • Have completed a business model canvas
  • Have not yet completed customer centric market validation
  • Have not yet taken advantage of the Early Bird Fund

How to apply

  • Submit a 1-minute video pitch of the idea (selfie videos from your phone are perfectly fine!)
  • Complete a business model canvas for the idea
  • Complete the timeline template
  • Explain the suggested use of funds

Applicants who meet the general criteria and submit all application documents will be invited for a 30-minute interview. A decision will be made on each application no later than two business days after the interview.

You can submit an application by emailing Daan Goossens at d.goossens@mun.ca with subject line “Early Bird Fund Application – [Insert Name(s)]”. Make sure to attach the business model canvas and timeline, a link to your video pitch and a paragraph on the suggested use of funds. If you need any help with completing the busines smodel canvas, don’t hesitate to reach out and book a meeting with usĀ here.

If you have any questions, make sure to check our FAQ page or send us an email at mce@mun.ca.