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Jan 24 - 26







student-run businesses

What is upGen

Enabling young change makers to jumpstart their social impact

The upGen Bootcamp is a social innovation competition for high school and CEGEP students between January 24 to January 26, 2022. This experience will teach young change-makers to build and launch sustainable businesses that have the potential to change the world.

For whom?

For young people who want to become change makers. Application-based and free for accepted participants; open to students aged 12 - 18.


Jan 24 - 26, hosted at Collège Durocher Saint Lambert in Montreal, Canada. The final pitches will be hosted at Shopify's office.


Prizes, coaching and mentorship will be awarded to the most impactful business solutions. Six teams will be invited to the upGen Accelerator.


Start building the

future you want to live in


The bootcamp is all about solving real-world challenges...

The upGen Bootcamp challenges participants to create innovative solutions to the biggest social challenges facing various industries today, guided by the UN SDG framework.


Cybersecurity and data privacy

Healthcare and global access

Retail and the circular economy using Artificial Intelligence for social good

This year, the upGen program is placing a focus on educating young people on how Artificial Intelligence can be used to solve social challenges - in an ethical manner. During the bootcamp, participants are expected to incorporate aspects of AI into their solutions.

What to expect

An immersive and transformative experience for young change-makers

Inspiring talks on next gen technologies
From  industry leaders

Interactive workshops
Design thinking, AI, retail, cybersecurity, business strategy, and more

Problem-solving & innovation
To fire up critical thinking and creativity

Pitching & Awards
To add the fun and reward

Canada’s youngest change makers
High school students with a passion for innovating

Friday, Jan 24

What to expect

The competition kicks off. Teams get formed and the challenge begins.

Start time

4:30 PM

End time

9 PM

Saturday, Jan 25

What to expect

Teams build out the business model and create a solution prototype.

Start time

8:30 AM

End time

6 PM

Sunday, Jan 26

What to expect

Teams finalize their solutions and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

Start time

8:30 AM

End time

6 PM



Marie Josée Lamothe

President, Tandem International

Board Director & Professor of Practice

Some of last year's experts 

We brought you amazing amazing speakers and workshops for the 2019 edition of the Bootcamp, and we are preparing our line-up for the 2020 edition. 



Associate Director

McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship



Business Analyst,


Past events

Highlights from last year's program