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Start-up Visa
Program (SUV)

The Start-up Visa Program is designed for international entrepreneurs with businesses that are innovative and have the potential to grow in Canada. The program offers Permanent Residence to entrepreneurs to help support them in their growth story.  

About the
Start-up Visa Program

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 bring your
start-up to Canada?

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.

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.

How to Apply

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.

Application Process

2 Month

Pre-Acceleration

6 Month

Acceleration

$30k CAD

Program Fee

2 Month: Pre-Acceleration

Virtual

Partner Services Perks - $950,000

Advisory Hours

Strategy & Deliverables

Canadian & US Mentors

Business Services

6 Month: Acceleration

In-Office

Business Advisory

Access to Capital & Talent

Flex Office Space

Founder Development

Network & Events

Tips for Applying

Applying to TBDC Start-up Visa Program is great opportunity for international start-ups to break into the North American market. Applying doesn’t need to be complex. Here are some tips to help make the application process as easy as possible.

The proposed business should:

The applicants must:

Applications are now open!

Follow the link below to apply online or for more information, please write at us on info@tbdc.com