Canadian Startup Resources

Find Funding for Canadian Entrepreneurs.

The Canadian government creates the majority of their funding programs for established businesses, often requiring more than 15 employees, above two years of being incorporated, leaving many innovative startups to find funding through other means. Mentor Works has put together a list of the top resources to help Canadian entrepreneurs get their business off the ground.

Build the Foundation for Government Funding

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Startup Funding Checklist

We’ve created the free Startup Funding Checklist to help early-stage companies better understand basic eligibility criteria and provide a roadmap to qualifying for larger, more robust government grants and loans.

Startup Funding

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Canadian Government Funding Newsletter

Mentor Works provides occasional updates on the startup funding landscape through our blog. Whether sharing news of upcoming startup events or funding programs aimed at early-stage businesses, you can find details of funding opportunities by registering for our weekly Government Funding Snapshot newsletter.

Each Monday, you’ll receive top funding news from the previous week; while not all editions will feature startup-related news, you’ll have access to our full range of business consulting, market trends, and professional development news. You’ll also gain an insider’s perspective on the government funding landscape for mature established businesses, which can assist with your business’ growth and development as it prepares to access grants and loans into the future.

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Entrepreneur and Startup Funding Programs

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COVID-19 Funding Resources

The Mentor Works is constantly monitoring the Canadian federal and provincial governments for new COVID-19 business support program announcements.

COVID-19 Government Funding

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The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP)

The Canadian federal government has put together a first of its kind $221-million program jointly funded with eight financial institutions. The loan program will provide $25,000 – $250,000 for Black Canadian Entrepreneurs to access funding, mentorship, financial planning and business training. Read more.

The Black Entrepreneurship Fund (BEP)

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Futurpreneur: Youth Startup Resources, Mentoring, and Financing

Futurpreneur Canada is a business support service that has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for over two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing of up to $60,000 ($20,000 + $40,000 from BDC), mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. You can contact the program directly at info@futurpreneur.ca.

Young Canadian Entrepreneur

Find Business Advice

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Find a Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA)

Canadian tech organizations seeking to expand their business into foreign markets who are need of support  can look to the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program, which helps companies that have an established product or service and wish to export and expand into international markets. CTAs are located in major international tech hubs, and provide small tech companies with mentoring and workspace, as well as introductions to potential investors, partners, and customers.

Canadian Technology Accelerators

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Canadian Business Incubators

Business incubators are organizations and programs that give start-ups and very early stage companies access to investors, start-up funding, mentorship, shared office space, and technical resources to help them get established. Incubators may be funded by the government, supported through membership fees, or provide support in exchange for equity in companies.

Canadian Startup Incubator

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Research Innovation Centres (RICs) Services

Staff at these RICs include entrepreneurs-in-residence, specialists and analysts with years of business experience who are well-positioned to deliver ONE programs and services. Please visit ONE’s website and fill out the form on their homepage to locate your nearest RIC; they will provide you with your local RIC’s contact information.

Canadian Entrepreneur Marketing

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Ontario Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBEC)

The Ontario provincial government is investing over $2M in small business training and financial support during COVID-19 through local Small Business Enterprise Centres.

Canadian Startup Help

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Human Resource Tips for Startups & Small Businesses

This collection of human resources tips will help show you how to reduce costs and conflicts within your business. Read more.

Human Resources Tips

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Employment Ontario Employment Services

Employment Ontario has Employment Services Centres across the province, who provide employment subsidies, matchmaking, and other HR resources to Ontario businesses directly, including the wage subsidies, training initiatives, and grants to support hiring summer students. To get started, please identify and contact your local Employment Services Centre via the Find Employment & Training Services link on the Employment Ontario homepage.

Hiring Services in Canada

Networking Opportunities

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Upcoming Networking Events

Attend an upcoming Canadian business networking event by viewing upcoming events through EventBrite. Due to COVID-19, many networking events have temporarily pivoted towards being virtual.

Networking Event

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Upcoming Trade Shows

Export Trade Shows for Canadian Businesses in 2020

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Does your business plan to exhibit at international trade shows this year? Trade shows provide an opportunity to grow your business in new markets and drive higher global revenues. They diversify your client base and can serve as a launching point for sustained international success. Yet, for many businesses, researching international trade shows can be…
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