The HELIX Summer Institute was a truly phenomenal experience. I am so grateful to have had such a wonderful opportunity to learn how to be a stronger entrepreneur and design-thinker!

Charlotte G – 2018 Summer Institute Participant 

Whether participants want to be an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur, the entrepreneurial mindset developed at the HELIX Summer Institute is critical to virtually any industry or enterprise. In just 6 days participants develop their entrepreneurial skills and gain an outstanding experiential experience working with real clients on real business problems. You’ll also have access to some of the best mentors in innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

2020 HELIX Summer Institute 

August 17 through to August 24

The HELIX Summer Institute will focus on developing solutions to a real-life problem being faced by Southlake Regional Health Centre. Working with our partners, participants will follow a 6-day intensive on-line Design Jam, which will provide access to interactive workshops, keynote speeches and mentorship.

Participants will use the tools provided in the HELIX Summer Institute to improve the patient experience as Southlake slowly ramps up services again following a scaling down of elective and out-patient services due to COVID-19. Participants will explore how technology and new approaches to patient experience can be leveraged to improve experiences at Southlake.

Applications for the 2020 HELIX Summer Institute are now open.


Humber College
Southlake Regional Health Centre
Venture lab
York Region

Seneca HELIX

  • The registration process for the 2020 HELIX Summer Institute is now open.
  • How to Apply

    This no cost program will be capped at 30 registrations.

    To apply please submit a statement of intent outlining why you want to participate in this program. The statement of intent should not exceed 400 words and should be emailed to