What is a Venture Coach?

Venture Coach

Venture Coach Program

The Venture Coach at the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship is a resource for students to help lead them into start-up land with one-on-one meetings with students at any stage in the start-up, from the beginning stages of an idea and beyond.

Students book a FREE meeting with the Venture Coach and receive valuable feedback in idea vetting, feasibility studies, financial modelling, market research, cash flow projections, or to bounce around ideas with another entrepreneur!

The Stu Clark Venture Coach

Who is the Venture Coach?

portrait of Joshua Zaporzan

Joshua Zaporzan

Joshua Zaporzan is a graduate from the University of Manitoba’s, Asper School of Business where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) Degree with a major in Entrepreneurship.

As a passionate entrepreneur, Joshua has built and led a number of successful new ventures in multiple industries. Joshua's biggest accomplishment to date has been the growth and acquisition of Longball Athletics, a Canadian golf & lifestyle apparel company with distribution throughout North America. In addition to his experience with Longball, Joshua has owned and operated a seasonal restaurant, a marketing and business development agency, a promotions company and a start-up in the clean technology and renewable energy industry, all part of his Audax Ventures Portfolio.

Joshua currently works at the University of Manitoba's, Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship as the Strategic Partnership and Venture Support Lead. Through this experience, as well as his previous role as the Manitoba Market Manager for the League of Innovators, Joshua has worked with entrepreneurs across Canada in multiple industries, helping them to start, grow and scale their businesses. This work has included coaching entrepreneurs to build business plans, marketing strategies, industry analysis, feasibility studies, operational efficiencies, financial modelling, capital structuring, capital raising and strategic growth. Joshua is passionate about sharing his experience with entrepreneurs, helping to build their ventures.

Joshua is actively involved in his community and recognizes the need to give back whenever possible. He is the Vice Chair of the Young Associates and a speaker to various groups of community leaders, university and MBA students. Joshua has also participated as a judge in various business plan and pitch competitions across Canada.

Book a Meeting with the Venture Coach

To set up your free meeting with Josh, please follow the steps below:

  1. Set up your Startup Tree Account. 
  2. Click "Mentor" on the top menu
  3. Click the blue button "Book Meeting Now". From here you can view his calendar and book in a meeting at a time that is convenient for you.
  4. If there are any materials you would like us to review before the meeting, please send to him through the Startup Tree platform

If you have any questions about how to set up the account please stop by our office or email: venturecoach@umanitoba.ca


Working with the Venture Coach on the launch of my skincare product was such a rewarding experience. As a knowledgeable and experienced venture coach, he provided me with guidance and valuable advice every step of the way. I am looking forward to working with the Venture Coach on the development of my business plan for my skincare company.
Olga FranciscoMBA Student
The Venture Coach is very approachable and is very knowledgable about the fine points of entrepreneurship. He is an excellent resource to utilize for any questions related to starting a business and is always willing to help!
Matias BuenoFaculty of Recreational Management Student