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Learn from serial entrepreneurs and investors who have trained, mentored, and supported highly successful founders of multi million dollar companies like SmartSweets, Spare, Spocket, and many more.

$360 Million Exit

Acquired for $360 million after generating about $100 million in sales in 2020.

60,000+ Customers

Dropshipping marketplace serving 60,000+ merchants.

$6 Million Funding

Received funding from Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan's largest trading company.

7+ Million Downloads

Anonymous messaging app that quickly climbed to the top of the App Store.

About Launch?

Launch is a leading international network of proprietary incubators, innovation labs, and investment funds positioned to provide the mentorship, resources, network, and environment for entrepreneurs to launch, fund, and grow their startups. Since 2012, Launch Academy has incubated more than 6000 entrepreneurs of which 300 have grown their startups to Seed and Series A stage and raised over $1.2 Billion in funding. Launch’s rich alumni network consists of businesses such as Koho, FansUnite, Klue, Victory Square, Later, Thinkific, Lighthouse Labs, Picatic and more.

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Vancouver-based tech incubator Launch Academy, and its co-founder and CEO Ray Walia, have announced $100,000 CAD in scholarships to up to 300 aspiring entrepreneurs that have been impacted by COVID-19... Read more

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24 Startup videos to find inspiration, build products, pitch investors and more
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3 Mentorship sessions to expand on your idea, build your early product roadmap, complete customer discovery, and pitch investors
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Have you been affected by COVID? Laid off, reduced hours, or just looking for a career change and want to Launch Your Startup? Apply for a scholarship HERE

Meet Launch Alumni

  •  Salima Visram  
  •   Valerie Song  
 Salima Visram  

Salima Visram

Founder, The Soular Backpack | 2015 Graduate

"Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, who stars in Disney’s Queen of Katwe, is a supporter of Soular Backpack. Nyong’o and Disney went with the Soular team to Katwe in Uganda to distribute backpacks there in July. Soular will also be showcased at the premiere of the movie."

  Valerie Song  

Valerie Song

CEO & Co-founder of AVA | 2016 Graduate

"AVA Technologies has raised $2.6 million in a seed round meant to support the launch of its smart garden product. The round was led by Vanedge Capital. AVA Byte initially launched on Indiegogo in June 2017, and pre-sold over $130,000 worth of gardens."


Hussein Hallak

Entrepreneurship is in my DNA and I bring it into everything I do.

I launched my first tech startup in 2002 (acquired in 2003). Since then I helped build over 20 successful companies, planned and executed hundreds of projects, and trained thousands in the dark arts of entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and personal branding.

My second tech startup was the world's first and largest marketplace for Middle Eastern art in 2006 (acquired), and in 2018 I launched Next Decentrum, an Ed-Tech startup that raised $450K in 3 months .

Recognized as one of 30 Vancouver tech thought leaders and influencers to follow for my participation in the tech community, and featured in Forbes, BBC, BetaKit, Entrepreneur, DailyHive, Notable, and CBC.

I hold a BSc in Electronics Engineering, Oxford Blockchain Strategy Certification, Product Leadership Certification, and LeanStack - Continuous Innovation Certification.


Ray Walia

Ray Walia is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in both the entertainment and technology sectors.

Ray founded Launch Ventures which owns and operates a network of private incubators, innovation labs, and investment funds. The most prominent incubator is Launch Academy, Vancouver’s leading entrepreneurship facility, which has incubated more than 3500 entrepreneurs of which 300 have grown their startups to Seed and Series A stage and raised over $300 Million in funding. Launch Academy is a designated provider for the Canadian Startup Visa Program.

Ray was named Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year for 2014 and 2015, BIV Top Forty Under 40, G20 Young Entrepreneur, and BC Tech Person of The Year Finalist 2018.

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