Studio Y Fellowship Placement - MaRS Market Intelligence

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June 28th, 2017


Want to join the Studio Y Fellowship and a Studio Y Placement at MaRS?

Studio Y Placements are opportunities for Fellows to work full-time with a business unit at MaRS over the course of the Studio Y Fellowship program. The Studio Y model focuses on work-integrated learning that encourages participants to apply the skills and tools they develop during the Fellowship program in their work. Placements are a full-time commitment over the 8 months of the program: September 15th – May 28th. Placement Fellows will be a full member of a MaRS business unit and will be accountable for their deliverables to both the Fellowship and the unit. Fellows will report directly to their MaRS team manager. Please carefully read the job posting and the fellowship description for an understanding of this dual role.

You can learn more about the Fellowship here:

About MaRS

MaRS Discovery District (@MaRSDD) in Toronto is the one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs. MaRS supports promising young ventures tackling key societal challenges in the Health, Energy & Environment, Work & Learning and Finance & Commerce sectors. In addition to helping startups launch, grow and scale their businesses, the MaRS community is dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaboration, system transformation to increase innovation adoption, and driving ideas to impact.

About Studio Y

Studio Y is a platform that supports young people in becoming top-performing systems leaders. Housed within MaRS Discovery District, Studio Y convenes young leaders, top thinkers, entrepreneurs, researchers, non-profit professionals and public bodies to tackle the complex economic and social challenges that Canada is facing today. In 2014, Studio Y established a fully funded fellowship to equip high-performing young leaders with the skills they need to accelerate their impact and tackle complex problems. Through flexible programming and experiential learning, the Studio Y Fellows harness the principles of entrepreneurship and social innovation to develop interventions aimed at influencing systems change in their area of focus.

Leveraging the MaRS ecosystem, the Fellows work within four cluster sectors—the future of energy and the environment; the future of health; the future of work and learning; and the future of finance and commerce —each with a focus on social innovation and systems change. This uniquely positions the Fellows to dive deep into issues within their given sector, while also uncovering cross-sectoral links


About Market Intelligence

MaRS Market Intelligence (MI) supports Canadian technology entrepreneurs with their market research needs and drives successful venture growth by providing best-in-class insights. MI serves entrepreneurs of all stages; from early stage pre-revenue startups to scaling companies with over $5 million in annual revenue. Leveraging its relationships with reputable market research vendors and the diverse skillsets of the team’s analysts, MI provides custom and helpful information services to qualifying ventures. MI has also positioned itself as thought leaders on key emerging innovations through publishing whitepapers for the MaRS website, hosting Market Insights events and media interviews.

Who are we looking for?

MaRS Studio Y Fellows possess a positive outlook and are smart, curious, energetic and engaged in the world around them. They are young people who have demonstrated leadership and engagement in one of our key cluster areas, are keen to develop professionally as Systems Leaders and are at the right stage to benefit from the program and the placement opportunity.  Beyond this, there are specific knowledge and skill requirements for each placement role, as detailed below.


Studio Y Placement Fellow, [Market Intelligence]

The Fellow’s core responsibility with the Market Intelligence team will be to execute on custom research projects to help solve business problems for startups in the Growth program. The Fellow will combine strong problem solving skills, research and analytical ability, and business acumen to synthesize information and present it back as intelligence, insights, or recommendations for the clients. Project scope will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of the entrepreneurs, but will generally cover topics such as competitive strategy, market opportunity assessment (e.g., market sizing), investment (e.g., valuation), international expansion, and other strategic issues.

The Fellow may also occasionally support Canadian early stage (Start) entrepreneurs by obtaining secondary market research and providing well-qualified analysis to answer their research questions. Additionally, the Fellow may contribute to the team’s thought leadership initiative by producing content for the MaRS website. The Fellow may also contribute to the Startup Library (a curated collection of self-help market research resources for entrepreneurs) and other internal team projects.

Working through relevant service bureaus and public information sites, the Fellow will deliver a high quality of work, exceptional client service, and provide a quick turnaround of information and results.


  • Relevant university degree in science or business with a keen interest in entrepreneurship in the Energy & Environment, Health, Work & Learning and/or Finance & Commerce fields
  • Experience solving business problems, either through work experience or education (e.g. MBA)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Customer-focused and able to provide excellent service to a diverse client base
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, fast-changing environment
  • Superior research and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities effectively and adapt to shifting priorities
  • Passion for technology and entrepreneurship; familiar with the language and terminology of business and entrepreneurship

Experience in the following is considered an asset:

  • Experience conducting competitive analysis, company valuation, and market sizing, etc.
  • Consulting experience
  • Experience working in a startup environment
  • Data analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Project management, client engagement, and report writing
  • Experience using proprietary market research databases and venture capital databases

The fine print

You must be eligible for the Studio Y Fellowship program to be eligible for the Studio Y Placements. You can find more information here:  You must be available for the duration of the program: September 15th, 2017 – May 28th, 2018. 

What it’s like to work at MaRS

MaRS Centre is a vibrant, architecturally inspiring innovation hub with 1.5 million square feet of laboratory, collaboration, and office space connected directly to the Queens Parks subway stop at College and University. MaRS employees enjoy many perks such as:

  • Access to a wide array of fascinating conferences and lectures hosted by MaRS.
  • A very active social committee that organizes potlucks, “serendipity coffee” dates, the annual MaRS Summer Games, team building outings, and summer golf day.
  • The MaRS softball team, yoga at noon, and discounted gym membership
  • Indoor bike parking and showers

Our mission-driven organization is filled with passionate, smart people who are finding and turning the levers that will move the economic needle of Canada’s technology-based future.

For more about what it’s like to work at MaRS and why you might want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, check out our profile on B Meaningful. 

Working conditions

General office environment with operating business hours of 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Applications are due by 11:59am Eastern Time on June 28th, 2017.

Applicants must be legally eligible to work in Ontario.

MaRS Discovery District is committed to diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including aboriginal persons, francophones, members of sexual minority groups, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and women. We will provide any requested accommodation to candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.