Start-up Visa Program

The companies of tomorrow in Canada today

Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program helps international entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that are innovative, can create jobs for Canadians and compete on a global scale through support and active start-up ecosystem.
About the Program

About the Start-up Visa Program

Gateway to the North American market

At Toronto Business Development Center (TBDC) the Start-up Visa Program is designed to help entrepreneurs compete at a global scale by helping them solve problems that are unique to their start-up. Our panel of over 80+ mentors, help you not just survive but thrive in North America.

TBDC is one of Toronto’s premiere start-up incubators and accelerators with a rich history dating back three decades. Since its inception, TBDC has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs by helping them build and grow their ideas. TBDC has helped over 9,000 domestic and international entrepreneurial businesses establish in Toronto and Ontario by offering to them a diverse mentor network, access to capital, and strategically designed programs. TBDC is a designated partner for the Start-up Visa Program by the Government of Canada to help businesses commercialize and expand in the North American market.
Why Canada?

Why bring your start-up to Canada?

Meet Toronto, Canada's start-up hub

Canada has a growing reputation as the world’s leading tech hub, and not only embraces diversity but also is becoming a destination of choice for start-ups from around the world. More recently, according to StartupBlink’s rankings in 2020, Canada was ranked third in the world for building innovative solutions for COVID–19.

Located in the heart of North America, Ontario with 14 million residents speaking 200 languages Ontario is the 7th largest subnational economy in North America by GDP.With Over 42,000 STEM graduates produced annually, Toronto is the 3rd top-ranked tech talent market in North America after the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle. From automotive to artificial intelligence, from hardware to health sciences and from environment to education, Canadian start-ups are applying technology to new verticals, and the disruption of a range of industries is on the cusp of innovation.

Why TBDC?

TBDC is Canada's Premier Start-up Visa Accelerator

A rich history meets innovation

TBDC is one of Toronto’s premiere start-up incubators and accelerators with a rich history dating back three decades. Since its inception, TBDC has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs by helping them build and grow their ideas. TBDC has helped over 9,000 domestic and international entrepreneurial businesses establish in Toronto and Ontario by offering to them a diverse mentor network, access to capital, and strategically designed programs.

TBDC is a designated partner for the Start-up Visa Program by the Government of Canada to help businesses commercialize and expand in the North American market.

Program Eligibility

Start-up Visa Program Eligibility

Who can apply

The Start-up Visa Program is open to all international businesses that have been incorporated. A qualifying business meets following conditions:

TBDC is a designated partner for the Start-up Visa Program by the Government of Canada to help businesses commercialize and expand in the North American market.

Two month virtual (qualified start-ups)

Pre-Acceleration

Six month in-office

Acceleration

Your journey starts here

Start-up visa
application process
Start-ups that have generated revenue in the home country, have paying customers and market traction are best suited for this program. We are open to founders from around the world working on solutions that have the potential to build business in Canada, and create jobs for Canadians on a global scale.To know more about the eligibility criteria click here.

2 Month

Pre-acceleration
(qualified startups only)

6 Month

Acceleration

$30k CAD

Program fee

Online Application
Tell us about your current and proposed Canadian company with insights on your current revenue, ownership structure, competition and Canadian Roadmap. We’d also like to get to know your start-up through your pitch deck.
Internal Review
Based on the innovation, scalability and current traction of your start-up, founders will be invited to attend a Founder Interview. During this video interview which lasts up to 45 minutes, you will have the opportunity to share more about your company, its current progress and your plans for Canada.
Due-Diligence
If you are shortlisted, you will receive a Due-Diligence checklist by the TBDC Intake Team. You will be asked to upload information about your company in three categories; Overview, Financial, Applicant Details.

Panel Interview
After Due-Diligence, your team will be matched with a Mentor panel with expertise and connections in your industry, from the TBDC Ecosystem. The Mentor panel will dig deeper into your business plan, current offering and plan for the Canadian market. 

Program Acceptance
Congratulations – your company has been accepted to TBDC’s SUV Program! Once the agreement is signed and the deposit is received, TBDC will issue a Commitment Certificate accompanied by a Letter of Support.

Tips for applying. Applying doesn’t need to be complex. Book a free call with TBDC today.