Toronto, ON - M5E 1J8
Entrepreneur Supporting Entities
The Startup Visa Canada Program is aimed for immigrant entrepreneurs whose abilities and potential to build businesses in Canada
- Are innovating
- Can create employment for Canadians
- May compete at a global scale
Do you have an innovating business idea? If you can obtain support for your idea with one of the designated organizations, it is very possible for you to migrate to Canada.
Startup Canada has a strong base and network across Ontario. With 6 Startup Communities and more than 40 percent of its advisory, volunteer team and membership council residing in Ontario, Startup Canada is committed to developing platforms, programs and support to empower and connect the entrepreneurship community across Ontario, to accelerate the success and growth of entrepreneurs and their businesses.
StartUp HERE in Toronto. The ideal place to start a business in Toronto, with its talented, competitive and diverse workforce. Its business activity is vibrant and provides the optimum environment to create valuable networks. Build and grow in this dynamic city.
LatAm Startups is a non-for profit organization that brings the best startups in Latin America and scales them globally. From Latin America to Canada and vice-versa, LatAm Startups connects and provides tools for tech entrepreneurs to cover the world. Through LatAm Hub Toronto you can participate in soft landing three-month programs and 10-day training camps for firms that want market validation. This non-profit accelerator is rapidly growing. For more information:
Ontario is opening its regulations in order to give greater opportunities to financial startups to try new products and services in an effort to thrust forward the financial tech sector into rapid growth.
Top Start Ups
TOP STARTUPS IN ONTARIO
|Beagle Inc.||Kitchener, Ontario||gust.com|
|ColdBlock Tech Inc.||St. Catherines, Ont.||coldblock.ca|
|CrowdMark Inc.||Toronto, Ont.||gust.com|
|Dozr Inc.||Guelph, Ont.||dozr.com|
|ExpertFile Inc.||Toronto, Ont.||expertfile.com|
|Formarum Inc.||Richmond Hill, Ont||formarum.com|
|GlucoGuide Corp.||London, Ont.||glucoguide.com|
|Medella Health Inc.||Waterloo, Ont.||medella.ca|
|My Pro Hero||Waterloo, Ont.||gopro.com|
|Nicoya Lifesciences||Kitchener, Ont.||nicoyalife.com|
|Oneiric Hockey||Toronto, Ont.||oneiric.ca|
|Pathcore Inc.||Toronto, Ont.||pathcore.com|
|RightBlue Labs.||Toronto, Ont.||rightbluelabs.com|
|Self Care Catalysts Inc||Toronto, Ont||selfcarecatalysts.com|
|Snapwise Inc.||Kitchener, Ont||ucic.vc|
|Stathletes||St. Catherines, Ont.||stathletes.com|
|Tellspec Inc.||Toronto, Ont.||tellspec.com|
|Topspin Technologies Ltd.||London, Ont.||topspin360.com|
|U-Feast Corporation||Markham, Ont.||ufeast.com|
|uConekt Inc.||Pickering, Ont.||uconekt.com|
Support for Commerce and Exportation
SOURCE TFO http://www.tfocanada.ca
The Trade Facilitation Office (TFO) is a not for profit organization that provides information in Spanish as well as English and French, about the Canadian market, for Foreign Suppliers interested in exporting to Canada.
– Preparing to Export
– Exporting to Canada
– General information about the Canadian market
– Market sector studies
– Connecting with Canadian Importers
– Approved Certification
– Canadian Tradeshows
– Foreign Representatives in CanadaCANADIAN TRADESHOWS
– Susan Baka Regional Representative for Toronto
Links of interest
Chambers of Commerce
Chambers of commerce are not for profit organizations of business people and corporations established to promote economic development who collectively represent their concerns to the government on public policy.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce represents all the chambers within the province, which amount to more than 135. You can use the interactive map to obtain the address/location of the chamber of commerce you are looking for at: www.occ.ca/chamber-network-directory
Peruvian Canadian Chamber of Commerce:
Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce
HISPANIC CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
The Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Council of the Americas
Latino Chamber of Commerce
Trade Office of Peru (OCEX Toronto)
10 St Mary St, Suite 202
Toronto, ON Canada, M4Y 1P9
Tel: 1(416) 963-5561
Generating Business Opportunities and Marketing
- Business Connect
- Hispanic Business
- Company established to promote entrepreneurship
Women On the Move
A Business Accelerator for Women on the Move
Companies dedicated to lead you and generate your first business opportunities.
- Competitior Analysis
- Marketing Plan
- Generating Business Opportunities
Governmental Incentives and Support
Canadian federal government departments, Crown corporations and agencies, and provincial/territorial governments offer funding programs and incentive measures to help take your Canadian business operations to the next level. Find out which funding programs or measures are right for you, the type of financial assistance they provide, and how to apply. Browse government financing by type and province and territory. Enter www.international.gc.ca under INVEST and from there go to Funding Opportunities. You can also come upon others like the following in (newcomerentrepreneur.ca):
NSERC Engage Grants
University or college researchers can apply to launch a new research collaboration with an industrial partner through a short-term research and development (R&D) project that applies their expertise to address a company challenge. Partnering companies gain by having the expertise of the academics focused on their R&D issues and by discovering what the researchers and the students working with them have to offer. These projects serve as the first step to establishing a longer term, impactful collaboration.
Provider: Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Funder: Government of Canada
Location Served: Canada-wide
Eligibility Details: University researchers in collaboration with company partners
NSERC Engage Plus Grants
To further developments from an ongoing or recently completed Engage Grant project, or to continue the project while seeking longer-term support, applicants may apply for a subsequent Engage Plus Grant to support a project for an additional six months. As was the case with the initial Engage Grant, the intellectual property will belong to the company. The project must involve the same academic researcher and the same industrial partner. Additional academic and industrial participants can be included in the Engage Plus project, provided that the original Engage Grant team remains in place and continues to participate in the Engage Plus project.
The OIDMTC is a business incentive provided through the Government of Ontario and administrated by Ontario Media Development Corporation. It helps Ontario based companies (Canadian or foreign-owned and it must have a permanent establishment in Ontario) recover a portion of expenses related to the development and commercialization of entertainment and education-based software. The OIDMTC is a refundable tax credit, which means that the amount of the credit, less any Ontario taxes payable, will be paid to the qualifying corporation. (See mentorworks.ca & omdc.on.ca)
INCENTIVES AND SUPPORT TO THE FILM AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
SUPPORT TO THE ENTERTAINMENT AND FILM INDUSTRY
The Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) reports that the video game industry continues to be a pillar for the new Canadian tech economy, having close to 600 active studios, generating 21,700 full-time jobs and contributing with $3.7 billion of nation’s GDP, an increase of 24% in 2015. The industry supports another 18,900 indirect full-time amounting to a total of 40,600.
For further information: www.theesa.ca
Canada Media Fund is a non-profit corporation that delivers 350 million in annual funds to support industries in the digital media as well as Canadian tv.
The OMDC offers a refundable tax credit to Canadian firms that produce interactive projects in the digital media.
MaRS has plenty of information including a list of accelerators and funding divided in four:
- Business of Digital Gaming, Digital Gaming Trends and Statistics, Emerging Areas in Digital Gaming and Tracking Latest Developments in Digital Games. This can be found in:
The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) has special programs to support innovators in the industry
Contact: Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer
Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
IDEABOOST | CFC Media Lab
2489 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON M2A1L8
T: + 1 416-574-7261
INCENTIVES AND SUPPORT TO SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
Small Business Centres
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises – (OSME) Ontario Region was established in August 2006 within Public Services and Procurement Canada to support the commitment of the Government of Canada with an open purchasing system for small and medium businesses established in the region. https://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ontario/bpme-osme/index-eng.html
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) provides various support programs for growth and training firms in Ontario. They unite the business owners with tools and support that will take their businesses to foreign markets and navigate through governmental regulations, in their Accessibility Works and Discover Ability programs, also supporting businesses connected to persons with disabilities.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has helped over 900 businesses access and expand their growth in foreign markets through the Export Market Access programs. This grant matching program is designed to support Ontario businesses that show their goods and services to potential international buyers, participate in trade shows, develop promotional materials and conduct market investigations. Exportaccess.ca
Canadian Government Funding for Small Businesses
The most popular government grants for SMBs in Canada can be grouped into four funding areas related to the project:
- Business Expansion Funding Grants and Loans
- Capital Investment Funding
- Hiring and Training Grants
- Research and Development Funding
Each program has unique and specific criteria for eligibility which you must review before applying to ensure your business and project are eligible.