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Solve your organizational challenges in the form of fully-subsidized, short-term, on-demand Level UP projects online, in collaboration with top student talent from across Canada.

Easy Project Setup

Access our template library for inspiration or browse to see what other employers are looking for. We make it easy for you to convert your business challenge into off-the-shelf 80-hour projects.

Access Top Talent

Get access to a quality network of the top talent at leading Canadian universities and colleges. Work on unlimited online or hybrid project(s) with students across the country or locally.

Effortless Compensation

Your student collaborator will receive a $1,400 stipend for each project completed, paid directly through Riipen. All you have to do is mark the project complete!

Match, stay organized, and get feedback

We want to make working with student talent more accessible to Canadian employers.

Support at every step of the journey

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Frequently Asked Questions

Chances are you've got questions. We have the answers.

You must meet all of the following:

  • Be a registered Canadian small business or non-profit organization; and
  • have a business challenge in mind that will be converted into an 80-hour project with defined scope of work; and
  • don't need prior experience working with students, but must have capacity to spend time with the students - educating them on business challenges or opportunities and answering questions to complete the project.

Simple, straightforward eligibility

Most Canadian employers are already eligible to participate in Level UP.

Click here for full eligibility requirements and Terms & Conditions.

Riipen & Ontario Nonprofit Network

Level UP is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning (I-WIL) Initiatives program

Introducing a new way to grow your business

Level UP Projects are fully-subsidized, 80-hour internships that can be completed fully online or hybrid.

Define Your Business Goals

Turn your business challenges into fully-scoped projects with defined deliverables. Not sure how to get started? Look for inspiration from other projects or use an off-the-shelf project template.

Popular project areas include: Communications, Digital & Social Media Marketing, Market Research, Sales Strategy, Product Launch, Graphic Design, Website Development

Signal Boost to Schools Across Canada

Posting your project on the Level UP portal will signal boost it to students enrolled in post-secondary schools across Canada. Reach a comprehensive pool of talent with the right domain expertise and potentially find your next hire!

Browse and Match with Talent

Explore profiles to match with enterprising student talent from a wide variety of disciplines and schools with knowledge from the forefront of their areas of study to give your business an edge.

Projects are up to 80-hours each and can be completed over the course of 2 to 8 weeks, with flexible start and end dates to match everyone's schedules.

Tracking and Reminders

Track project progress and get reminders on major project milestones through the Level UP portal. Keep track of important documents and communications all in one place.

Collaborate from Anywhere

Struggling with a lack of local talent? All Level UP projects can be completed 100% remotely. Riipen supports Google Meet and Zoom integration so you can take all meetings online and work with individual or groups of students from anywhere in the country.

Evaluate and Hire Talent

Get exclusive access to work with and evaluate the skills and ingenuity of the next generation workforce from top institutions. Boost visibility of your brand and mission within talent networks and even find the latest member of your team!

No Contracts Required

Riipen handles all wage subsidy and payment logistics so employers can focus on their projects. Students are paid their $1,400 stipend directly through Riipen upon project submission, no contracts or paperwork required!

Ready to get started?

Sign up today to confirm your eligibility and post your project to start connecting with student talent!

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What does a Level UP project need to include?

Projects should provide 80 hours of work per student participating. Each project must be completed within 2-8 weeks. For more information on how to create and submit a project for Level UP, you can consult this article.

How many projects can I submit and how many students can I take on?

Currently, there are no limitations to the amount of projects an employer can submit, and the number of students they can take on. Employers are required to provide a minimum of 5 hours of mentorship to each student. That being said, we ask that you are mindful of the amount of students you accept to work on your project.

What if my project requires more than 80 hours of work?

If this is the case, we suggest taking on more than 1 student on the same project. For example, if your project requires 160 hours of work, 2 students would be needed to complete your project. Additionally, you are able to separate 1 project into 2 phases. This will allow you to work with the same student on more than 1 project.

What are the Terms and Conditions for the program and what is the three strike system?

In an effort to create a good Level UP experience for all parties, we have updated our Terms and Conditions, which can be found here. Please take a moment to read through them. We've also created a three strike system. This means that if any Level UP user goes against the Terms and Conditions, they will receive a strike. You will be notified via e-mail when/if you've received a strike. If you receive three strikes, you will be removed from the program and will no longer be able to participate.

If we've answered all your questions, there's no reason to delay. Sign up for your free employer account today and jump right in to working with the top student talent in Canada!

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