Validation Program

Validate your Idea & Business Model

Applications are open for Winter 2024

Deadline: December 22, 2023
Start: January 24, 2024


Did you know that startups that complete the D3 Validation program are 10x more likely to succeed?

This 10-week intensive program will help you validate your business model and learn the competencies you need to build a scalable company with global impact.

Our Program

A cohort-based, immersive program that pushes you to test your hypotheses in the market and build your business model while learning and sharing with your peers.

What You Gain

Access workshops and 1:1 with experts. Join exclusive events and grow your network. Learn the essential competencies and a framework for rigorous consumer interviewing necessary to validate the viability of your startup. You will have the opportunity to be awarded $25K in Momentum Grants as part of acceptance into our Launch & Grow program (high tech, bio & healthcare only).

What You Give

Commit 25 hours/per week per co-founder.

Eligibility Criteria

Your startup has at least 2 co-founders. You have reached the proof of concept stage beyond your initial idea. 

We are both scientists and we knew very little about building a business. Thanks to the Validation program, we were able to validate our business model and understand
the market and target customers.”

Stephanie Mouchbahani-Constance, Co-founder and CEO, PteroTech

Stream specific support
and programming

District 3 focuses on bio, healthcare and high tech streams— each harnessing emerging technologies for global impact. We offer industry-specific expertise, programs and global expansion support at each step of your startup journey. Learn more


Are there fees associated with the program?

While District 3 offers the program free of charge, we ask the participants to purchase licences (85$) for the tools and software used in the program.

When will I receive an answer?

We will reach out to you the week after the application deadline.

What are the steps in the application process?

If selected, you will be invited to pitch your project to our coaches.
Then we will communicate our final decision the following week.

Don't have a business yet?

Explore our entrepreneurship programs:

  • Learn about scientific entrepreneurship with QcSE
  • Map out and tackle your social or environmental issue with the Social Ideation Program
Have a validated business model?

Continue growing your business with our Launch and Grow Program.