The Definitive Guide To Canadian Accelerators and Incubators (Views: 17691)

Tue, 13 Mar 2018

Accelerators and incubators are important and fast-growing resources contributing to the success of the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem. Yet, navigating through these programs can be a daunting task. As such, we have attempted to aggregate the accelerators and incubators across Canada into an intelligent guide.

Below is the guide divided into regions:

ATLANTIC REGION

Name

Description

Location

Deadline

Startup Zone

Offer one-on-one mentorship, business model development, professional office hours in accounting, legal, marketing, etc., work and meeting space, seminars, and networking opportunities.

Charlottetown

N/A

B4C Social Venture Accelerator

 

Fredericton

 

B4C Start

A safe place to explore and test your ideas. No previous experience or education is necessary. We are interested in people who are looking to make a positive social impact.

 

Accept Candidate on rolling basis

B4C Cohort (closed now)

The cohort is for early-stage impact ventures who are looking to refine their business model and build a sustainable business.

 

N/A

B4C Deep Dive

This is for companies that have been through the B4C cohort and that are generating revenue but looking to become profitable or scale.

 

Accept Candidate on rolling basis

Volta

 

Halifax

 

Volta Academy (closed now)

Volta Academy helps future founders go from “big idea” to a viable tech-focused startup. With the support of Volta mentors and founders, participants learn how to test and validate their idea, outline an MVP and grow a scalable startup.

 

N/A

Volta Cohort

Volta Cohort helps early stage, high caliber founders attract and secure venture capital sooner. This new program provides investments of $25,000 to up to five companies each cohort through a fund co-founded by Volta, BDC Capital, and Innovacorp.

 

April 15th

 

CENTRAL CANADA

Name

Description

Location

Deadline

Société de développement économique de Drummondville

The Industrial Incubator has 34 rooms ranging from 125 to 5,000 square feet. It is possible to gather 2 rooms or divide a larger room to accommodate the guests.

Drummondville

N/A

Innovation Factory (The Forge)

The Forge includes dedicated space and programming intended to fast-track the growth of high-potential new ventures that can contribute to the local economy and produce the next wave of technology-driven companies.

Hamilton

Program starts on April 31st

Venture Lab (IBM Innovation Incubator Project (I3))

Helps level the playing field for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and provide a platform for ongoing productivity and economic growth by offerings and integrated suite of globally disruptive, advance computing technology infrastructure and programing to Ontario’s SMEs.

Markham

N/A

Founder Institute

The Founder Institute provides a rigorous, company-building curriculum where aspiring and early-stage founders work with experienced entrepreneurs to validate their ideas, perform customer development, build a team, prepare for funding, and more.

Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver


Idea stage

End-goal is to launch companies

 

 

MVP stage

End-goal is to prepare entrepreneurs to seed funding

 

 

Centech ETS

 

Montreal

April 6th

Accélération

Do you have an idea that you want to move forward? Get an expert view on your business model and quick feedback on your company.

 

 

Propulsion

Your business is ready for commercializing? Reduce the time it takes to develop and commercialize your technological project.

 

 

Ecofuel

The Ecofuel Accelerator is dedicated to help grow clean technology start-ups. It was launched by Cycle Capital Management, a Montreal based leader in cleantech venture capital to fill a gap in the financing ecosystem. Ecofuel offers to its entrepreneurs a personalized and specialized training program of workshops, networking and mentoring meetings, with the objective of developing entrepreneurship and help build and scale clean technology-based companies.

Montreal

N/A

FounderFuel 

A 3-month long intensive, mentor-driven program, helping companies to refine their story, expand their network and rapidly accelerate their output.

Montreal

N/A

Institut d’entrepreneuriat Banque Nationale – HEC Montréal

 

Montreal

 

Accélérateur

The National Bank Accelerator - HEC Montréal's mission is to follow, support entrepreneurs and accelerate innovative business projects, particularly from students and graduates from HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and University of Montreal. The program is also open to off-campus entrepreneurs.

 

N/A

EntrePrisme

This program is an innovative model of entrepreneurship as a tool for social and economic integration aiming to support entrepreneurs, particularly those from communities of diverse cultural background, in starting up new businesses and growing existing businesses.

 

N/A

Parcours entrepreneurial Rémi-Marcoux

The Rémi-Marcoux Entrepreneurial Parcours is a 6-month program that allows you to discover the entrepreneur who is hiding in you and develop a business idea. If you are a student at HEC Montréal, Polytechnique or the University of Montreal and want to change the world, the program is for you.

 

N/A

District 3 Innovation Center

By animating a collaborative ecosystem, District 3 puts the necessary tools, resources and knowledge in the hands of innovative leaders for them to move from idea to impact with confidence.

Montreal

 

Launch Program (closed now)

Bring your idea to market.

 

N/A

Growth Program (closed now)

Build a scalable, repeatable and sustainable business.

 

N/A

MT Lab

This new Montréal incubator, which specializes in innovations in tourism, culture and entertainment, was created by UQAM and its School of Management (ESG). It offers a one-year incubation program as well as a co-working space

Montreal

Application Coming Soon

McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship  

 

Montreal

Application Coming Soon

Lean Startup

The McGill X-1 Accelerator is an intensive 10-week summer program designed to accelerate early traction McGill startups towards investment readiness and launch.

 

 

X-1 Accelerator

A hands-on program that immerses student teams by having them test their business ideas and hypotheses outside the classroom.

 

 

Hacking Health (Coopérathon)

Breaking down barriers to innovation in healthcare. The Coopérathon is the new generation of hackathons, running over 4 weeks to foster quality solutions driven by partnerships and supported by the community it seeks to serve.

Montreal

Application Coming Soon

TandemLaunch

Handpick talented individuals who join the program without a team or an invention; less than two years later, they leave with a funded technology startup.

Montreal

Next Start date: April 1st

RIC Centre

Define companies path to market, in part, by exploring and securing partnerships that will open access to capital, to connections and to paying customers.

Mississauga

N/A

Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa’s Incite Incubator is the place to be for a startup that is ready to get into high gear. Companies seek residency with Incite when they’re ready for intensive work and serious objectives.

Ottawa

N/A

L-Spark

The L-SPARK program will grow revenue, infrastructure, market reach and opportunities through intensive SaaS workshops, one on one guidance from subject matter experts, and interaction with successful SaaS entrepreneurs.

Ottawa

N/A

LE CAMP

 

Quebec

 

Mentor Validated Products (MVP) (closed now)

This intensive program aims to provide mentorship to tech companies to validate their start-up plan and structure their approach.

 

N/A

Fasttrack Program (closed now)

Program for creating and starting up tech companies. It gives entrepreneurs access to the local environments’ entire resources as well as to established, recognized stakeholders.

 

N/A

CTA@Boston

The Canadian Technology Accelerator initiative (CTA) provides high-growth market-ready companies support to access global markets and entrepreneurship services.

 

N/A

Softlanding

Foreign businesses that are developing a digital product with high marketing potential and seeking to progressively expand into Québec can benefit from LE CAMP and Québec International’s infrastructures and services.

 

N/A

Espace-INC

 

Sherbrooke

 

Exploration

Validate if the business offering has real potential. Allows companies to discover their value proposition, validate their most profitable customer segments and explore their revenue model.

 

N/A

Impulsion

Designed to fully explore business model, while allowing startups to make their first sales, strengthen their leadership and develop their skills and business networks.

 

N/A

Accélération

Empowers startups to reach their growth point (scalability). The program offers personalized strategic team, an international business network, strategic partners and the Espace-inc team's financial network.

 

N/A

Innovate Niagara

 

St. Catharines

N/A

The Generator at one

The catalyst for interactive digital media and tech growth in Niagara. The vision was simple: to create a utopia for interactive digital media and tech (IDMT) for companies, researchers and students

 

 

Highline Beta

 

Toronto/Vancouver

N/A

Corporate Programs

Identify customer problems and explore opportunities to solve them. Teams will justify their assumptions, demonstrate a clear customer proposition, craft their business model, and pitch for funding and resources to executives who will select opportunities to bring to market.

 

 

Accelerators and New Venture Validation

Guide teams through validating user needs and prototyping early solutions with a focus on execution speed and future growth. Develop the understanding needed to drive innovation agenda by deciding to launch a new venture, pivot, or pass.

 

 

New Venture Co-Creation

Co-found new ventures alongside corporate intrapreneurs. Together, provide venture with the capital, structure, and experience needed to succeed. By combining enterprise expertise with startup agility, the team will launch things that neither could build alone.

 

 

Multiplicity

 

Toronto

N/A

INFINITI Lab Toronto

New ‘pre-accelerator’ program open to pre-seed startups working on IoT and smart city innovation. The program will give entrepreneurs the chance to qualify and participate in INFINITI’s flagship Accelerator program at the global headquarters in Hong Kong, as well as access to some of the top IoT professionals in Canada and the US.

 

 

Startup Boost Ethos

An intensive global pre-accelerator program with a mission to prepare pre-seed stage startups for accelerators and seed investment with hand-on mentorship and connections.

 

 

Oneeleven (nsurtech Growth Program)

This four-month program will provide six select companies with the high-impact resources and networks they need to scale and grow their innovative ventures.

Toronto

March 4th

Ryerson Futures

Helps founders accelerate their business through our market-validation and customer-acquisition focus, and we invest in select companies that have demonstrated the ability to scale quickly.

Toronto

N/A

UTEST (closed now)

The UTEST Program is part of U of T’s growing ecosystem of incubators and commercialization support services. It provides companies with start-up funding, mentoring, business strategy and office space at the Banting Building at the University of Toronto St. George Campus.

Toronto

N/A

INcubes

 

Toronto

Open Deadline

INcubes Funnel Program

An early-stage program for entrepreneurs / companies with powerful ideas that are premature for the acceleration program.

 

 

INcubes Acceleration Program

A highly-focused, hands-on, intensive program designed to help companies engage customers and investors early and effectively.

 

 


TechStars (closed now)

One of the leading accelerators in the world that helps entrepreneurs succeed.

Toronto

N/A

DMZ

 

Toronto

 

Sales

A revenue growth and sales execution program built for high-potential founders: DMZ Playbook.

 

N/A

Fintech (closed now)

An accelerator fueling the growth of Canadian startups that are building scalable solutions for the financial industry.

 

N/A

Women Founders

This intensive four-month accelerator program will help Canada’s top women-led startups grow by achieving their product market fit and securing early revenue.

 

March 20th

Insurtech (closed now)

Six startups challenge the status quo of Canadian insurance industry.

 

N/A

Ideaboost

Provides young companies in the media/tech industry with access to mentors and experts, peer collaboration and networking, specialized resources and perks and investor review.

Toronto

N/A

York Entrepreneurship development institute (YEDI)

YEDI is a not-for-profit, charitable institution granting a formal and joint YEDI – Schulich certificate, where emphasis is placed on an intensive, educational, as well as hands-on program and workshop for venture founders.

Toronto

N/A

Next Canada

 

Toronto

 

Next Founder

Designed for startup founder looking to rapidly scale both their business and their mindset?

 

N/A

Next AI (closed now)

Designed for exceptional teams and individuals from around the world who are commercializing AI research and want to build global companies.

 

N/A

Next 36

Designed to help builder, maker, innovator, game changer and disruptor who want to create impact.

 

N/A

Startup Boost

We are a global tech startup pre- accelerator aimed at working with great early stage entrepreneurs to prepare them for accelerator programs, seed investment and revenue through a six-week part time program.

Toronto

April 10th

Rev (Communitech)

Designed for ambitious, product-ready, scalable startups. It is a six month of executive coaching and tailored programming. work alongside companies to accelerate sales growth and establish a consistent revenue stream.

Waterloo

Open Now (cohort starts in April)

Fierce Founders Accelerator (Communitech)

Designed to give the necessary tools to move from MVP to scalable business. This 6-month learn-by-doing accelerator will expose companies to almost everything they need to succeed.

Waterloo

Open Now (cohort starts April 1st)

Communitech Edge

Designed for validation-stage companies who have a product in the market, have paying customers and are generating $1K-$5K MRR. Edge is best for companies that are ready to start building out their sales process and team.

Waterloo

Open Now (cohort start in April)

Velocity

A springboard for high-performance founders and startups.

The Velocity Garage incubator is home base to 80+ early-stage startups building technology-based businesses in the heart of Waterloo Region.

Waterloo, Kitchener

N/A

IndiefilmTO

IndiefilmTO is a non-profit art incubator that teaches artists (primarily filmmakers, but not limited to) how to make a living with their craft - without the feelings of "selling out" that most artists have when it comes to thinking business-minded. That is, IndiefilmTO teaches artists how to be profitable, by applying startup methodologies to the world of art.

Toronto

N/A

Accelerator Centre

 

Waterloo

 

Accelerator Program

Four phases program: explore, build, grow and scale. Each phase challenges startups to push themselves to success while also ensuring they develop a solid business foundation by considering all areas of their business.

 

N/A

AC JumpStart Program (closed now)

Seed funding program offering u to $30,000 in funding and $10,000 of in-kind mentorship to local entrepreneurs to help them push their companies to the next level.

 

N/A

Startup Visa Program

Offers assistance to select entrepreneurs to help them bring their business to Canada.

 

N/A


Prairie Provinces

Name

Description

Location

Deadline

Calgary Technology Inc

 

Calgary

 

Kinetica Ventures

Kinetica bridges the gap between the energy industry and energy technology developers/companies. We help to validate and curate energy startups making it easier for industry adoption or acquisition.

 

N/A

Telus Accelerator Program (closed now)

A 6-month program designed to accelerate your company’s business model, technology and operational backbone. Its goal is to support the development of growth-stage companies with technologies that Telus could potentially use, integrate or commercialize.

 

N/A

RBC Social Enterprise Accelerator Program (closed now)

A 6-month program designed to accelerate startups whose mission is to create social impact while ensuring that profitability is core to their business model. It is a competitive program open to six startups, specifically those with a focus on health and nutrition, persons with disabilities, youth, education, new arrivals, the environment and affordable housing.

 

N/A

Tech Edmonton

 

Edmonton

 

Tech Health Accelerator

Assists a minimum of 50 new health-care company clients over the next five years, and to have brokered 12 major financing or partnership deals for those clients.

 

N/A

Telus T-Squared Accelerator

Delivers new opportunities in mentoring, development and incubation. It is specifically interested in companies developing platform technologies in the areas of: seamless customer experience, Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, health and wellness data integration and analytics, and technologies to improve high-speed wireline connectivity.

 

N/A

Manitoba Technology Accelerator

We’ll support you with a customized blend of mentoring, coaching, infrastructure, financial, and investment support. You’ll be surrounded with expertise until you’re ready to exit the program, and begin independent business growth.

Winnipeg

N/A

North Forge Technology Exchange

The North Forge startup program takes entrepreneurs from idea to market success, building sustainable, investor-ready companies with go-to-market and scale up plans. Launch and grow an innovative technology company through our mentor-driven, customized program. When you work with us, you’ll be mentored by world class subject matter experts as you advance through our proven solution validation cycles before going to market.

Winnipeg

N/A

 

WEST COAST

Name

Description

Location

Deadline

Accelerate Okanagan

 

Kelowna

 

RevUp Program

Six-month program that connects established companies and their leadership team with experienced mentors (Executives-in-Residence) to help them grow their businesses. This program was designed to help tackle rapid-growth issues and promote future success.

 

N/A

Venture Acceleration Program

Customized program designed to accelerate growth and maximize opportunity. Entrepreneurs will be guided through the Venture Growth Model by an Executive-in-Residence (EIR) and will work to set the right objectives and priorities.

 

N/A

Startup Basics

Supplies participants with the tools and resources needed to accelerate their idea to the next stage. Startup Basics is a classroom style program split into distinct topics.

 

N/A

Metabridge (closed now)

Showcasing and recognizing the Canadian Top 15 most innovative, high growth Scaleup technology companies across the country.

Kelowna

N/A

Accelerate Tectoria-VIATeC

 

Victoria

 

RevUP Program

RevUP is a custom-developed program which focuses on the business challenges that technology companies with rapid-growth issues in British Columbia often encounter.

 

N/A

Venture Acceleration Program

The Venture Acceleration Program is designed to guide, coach and grow ambitious early-stage technology entrepreneurs. It is delivered by a team of Executives in Residence (EIRs) and supported by a province-wide network of mentors.

 

N/A

Spring

 

Vancouver

 

IMPACT Startup Visa Program

A comprehensive, 4-month program, under the banner of the Startup-Visa (SUV) Program that attracts foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish high-growth businesses in Canada.

 

April 15th

Leaders Roundtable

Designed to help companies bridge the gap between incubators and accelerators. A 6-month facilitated peer learning group augmented with additional support. The Leaders Roundtable is designed to help companies get from being launched in the market, to finding product market fit. We also have groups specifically focused on supporting startups with raising seed capital.

 

Quarterly Intake

Launch Academy

Provides the mentorship, resources, network and environment to launch, fund and grow startups.

Vancouver

Enroll new members on the first of each month

LEAP Program

A five-week program designed for early-stage entrepreneurs looking to accelerate their business idea. Students will have access to mentorship hours and get the opportunity to pitch their idea to active mentors and investors at the end of the course

 

Quarterly

LEAP Program [Online]

Online program designed for early-stage entrepreneurs looking to accelerate their business idea at their own pace. Built to help entrepreneurs navigate the unpredictability of their startup journey.

Online

N/A

Maple Program

Designed to work with Start-up Visa (SUV) candidates, helping founders understand the implications of moving to Canada both personally and professionally. We offer soft-landing services, business matchmaking, mentorship, and an education program to help them build a go-to-market strategy in North America.

 

Quarterly

Incubation Program + Memberships

A non-profit incubator developed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Located in heart of Gastown, offering 24/7 hot desk access, quiet working zone, and over $1 million in perks.

 

Enroll new members on the first of each month

Wavefront

 

Vancouver

 

Venture Acceleration Program (closed now)

For early stage companies, mobile tech focus. It gives startups access to resources they need to succeed.

 

N/A

National Entrepreneurship Program (closed now)

Intensive program that includes one-on-one mentorship as participants move through Market Validation Training methodology. Startup will undergo leadership and business model planning to build a structurally sound business.

 

N/A

RevUP (closed now)

An 8-month program that helps you make the transition from founder to CEO. RevUP will help you build your leadership skills and show you the way to effective company management.

 

N/A




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1 alan (14 Mar 2018 07:12:09):
Could you please add our innovation incubator-accelerator Cilex which is based in the Capital region

2 Stephen (13 Mar 2018 10:41:36):
This isn't "definitive", it's not even very "comprehensive". It's nice to have this fractional list but you should probably just hire an undergraduate or even a high school student and have them use any search engine.

3 Sharon (13 Mar 2018 18:26:27):
You also forgot - The Big Push, www.thebigpush.ca, an all women-led business accelerator that helps women entrepreneurs get investment ready using an equity for service model. 6 month program.

4 Kathy Korakakis (13 Mar 2018 11:24:19):
Your forgot Promontreal entrepreneurs accelerator program that has been around for 18 yrs in montreal.