Industry Partners

NACO’s Industry Partners have an interest in supporting the development and funding of early-stage Canadian companies. Our partners support Angel investors by providing qualified deal flow, co-investment, follow-on investment and industry intelligence to our members and their investee companies. NACO connects its Industry Partners with Angel members to support the investing process.

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Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures


Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (Tech Futures) offers technical services and funding programs to support innovations in agriculture, forestry, energy, environment and health. Tech Futures helps technical industries find solutions, develop products and move technologies to market, for the diversification and growth of Alberta’s economy.



Communitech HYPERDRIVE is a tech seed accelerator program with a global focus to seed, fund and grow new businesses. This six-month program features leading investors, world-class mentors, international soft landings and full lifecycle support. HYPERDRIVE’s goal is to maximize the ability of the companies, commercialize innovations and prepare them for investment opportunities.

Digital Media Zone


A business incubator located in the heart of Toronto, the Digital Media Zone fuels the success of entrepreneurs by connecting them with influencers and experts in a community that drives global innovation and learning.



FounderFuel is a top-tier 12-week accelerator program focusing on web, mobile and SaaS startups. Selected teams develop their business within an ecosystem of 120+ veteran entrepreneurs, top executives, VCs and Angel Investors. Each startup receives $50K in exchange for 9% equity, is eligible for $150K from BDC Venture Capital and 3 months of free office space in Silicon Valley, as well as over $400K in perks.

The Founder Institute

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The Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. In our four-month, part-time program, founders can “learn by doing” and launch a company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback. Starting a company is an arduous and lonely journey, and technology entrepreneurship is a constantly evolving discipline. With a presence in Montreal and Toronto, The Founder Institute’s vision is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and help entrepreneurs across the globe launch meaningful and enduring technology companies.  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

Futurpreneur Canada

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Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, or CYBF) has been fuelling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur Canada is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of The Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week. @Futurpreneur

Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster

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The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to strengthen Peterborough’s regional innovation capacity. Focused on bridging the gap between scientific research and business, the Innovation Cluster brings together talent, knowledge, and investment to drive 21st century innovation-based economic growth and high-tech job creation across the Peterborough region. Through partnerships with academia, industry, and our local Angel network – and via our technology business incubator, known as “The Cube” – the Cluster supports innovation, entrepreneurship, commercialization and new company formation & growth; helps start-up technology companies and entrepreneurs take innovative ideas and processes to market; and fosters an economy fueled by innovation. For more information visit



HIGHLINE is a VC-backed founder driven co-venture platform that helps early stage digital startups supercharge growth and raise institutional capital. It is relentlessly focused on giving founders “Speed to Seed” through specialized accelerator programs, timely staged investing (up to $200K) and rapid connectivity in key global markets starting with Vancouver, Toronto, New York City and San Francisco. It creates acceleration products and programs for founders close to product-market fit with global ambition to scale. It is powered by the financial backing of major Canadian VCs, including BDC Capital and Relay Ventures, whose funds under management collectively exceed $2 billion. HIGHLINE currently has an active portfolio of 40 companies, 90% of which have received institutional follow-on capital, raising over $27 million. It has so far had 3 highly profitable exits over a 30-month period. As of August 2014, GrowLab Ventures and Extreme Startups merged and launched HIGHLINE, the first pan-Canadian accelerator platform.

Innovate Manitoba


Innovate Manitoba’s mission is to catalyze innovation in the province of Manitoba by increasing the commercialization of new technologies, promoting entrepreneurship, supporting the creation of next-generation startups, and stimulating access to risk capital for early- and mid-stage enterprises. Innovate Manitoba is a not-for-profit, community-based organization whose primary goal is to serve the needs of Manitoba’s entrepreneurs, researchers, and inventors.

Invest Ottawa


Invest Ottawa delivers export-oriented economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region. Its goal is to make Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a knowledge-based business. Invest Ottawa services include start-up incubation and mentorship, acceleration for existing companies, global business attraction and local business retention, targeted sector development, commercialization, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life. Visit us at, find us on or follow us on Twitter @invest_ottawa.


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[IN]cubes is a Toronto-based incubator and accelerator that sources emerging entrepreneurs and talented startup teams, and graduates qualified businesses with innovative products and ideas towards their first round of capital. [IN]cubes connects with the most forward-thinking and grass-roots Canadian talent with the goals of transforming their new and disruptive technologies into international sensations.

Launch 36/ Propel ICT


Propel ICT is a network of people and organizations who are volunteering their time and working together to help entrepreneurs build successful new companies based in Atlantic Canada and selling to the world. Launch36 is Propel ICT’s centerpiece accelerator program to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful startups.

MaRS Discovery District


Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District is one of the world’s largest urban innovation centres, cultivating high-impact ventures and equipping innovators to drive economic and social prosperity in Canada. MaRS supports entrepreneurs in the sectors of media and technology, cleantech and healthcare by providing them with advice, education and market research, and connecting them to talent, customers and capital. An independent registered charity, MaRS also works with private and public sector partners to create solutions that open market access for ventures and generate social impact.



Launched in Northumberland in 2013, the N100 Startup Competition offers early-stage startups the opportunity to compete for a $100,000 convertible note. Through three rounds (The Pitch, Business Planning and Negotiation), competitors benefit from entrepreneurial training and support from Northumberland CFDC and Spark Centre, and interact with a high-level Power Panel that includes prominent Angels, Blake Witkin and David Pamenter. N100 has positioned past winners (Unified Computer Intelligence Corporation and Linkitz) for follow-on investment and acceleration. Registration for N100 2015 will open in January. To find out more, visit

National Research Council Canada (NRC)


The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) helps innovative small- and medium-sized Canadian enterprises (SMEs) grow through innovation.  Delivered by a vast network of Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs), with offices in over 100 communities across Canada, NRC-IRAP provides its clients with technical and business advice as well as well as funding and other innovation services. Firms helped by NRC-IRAP are better equipped to perform basic R&D, commercialize new products and processes, and access new markets. NRC-IRAP also plays a catalyst role within the national innovation system, by facilitating SMEs’ access to the innovation expertise and infrastructure of extensive networks including regional, national and international organizations.

Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario

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NNAO – Ontario, a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, is the Administrator of the Angel Network Program, on behalf of the Government of Ontario. Since 2007 its mission has been to create and grow non-profit Angel investor groups for all the regions of Ontario. Building the membership and best practices of these groups results in a more potent combination of mentorship and capital for innovative start-up companies in the province. Angels are accredited investors who directly contribute both their money and their expertise into early-stage companies seeking growth in Ontario, leading to job creation and an expanding economy. For more information visit

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)


Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry and academia, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s colleges, universities and research hospitals. The commercialization and talent development projects OCE supports are in key segments of Ontario’s economy including energy and environment (including water); advanced manufacturing; advanced health technologies; and information, communications technologies and digital media.

Plug and Play Canada


Plug and Play Canada is a subsidiary of Plug and Play in Silicon Valley, which provides seed and early-stage capital to startups. Since its inception in January 2006, Plug and Play has helped the startup community raise over $1 billion in venture funding, and has invested in 100+ companies including PayPal, Dropbox, Lending Club and Zoosk. Contact for more details.

Quebec International

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The mission of Québec International is to contribute to economic development in the Quebec City metropolitan region and enhance its international status. As a regional economic development agency, Québec International is mandated by all three levels of government to support economic growth, to develop key economic sectors and to attract talent and investment to the region. Renowned for the excellent service it provides, Québec International has been recognized, for the 7th consecutive year, in the “TOP CANADIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP” according to Site Selection magazine, 2013. For more details, visit

RIC Centre

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The Research Innovation Commercialization or RIC Centre is an incubator that helps innovative technologies become thriving businesses. As a ONE Network partner, RIC Centre offers a comprehensive range of supporting activities for entrepreneurs including one-on-one coaching, practical training and networking events. RIC Centre has been recognized by the Ministry of Research & Innovation as the go-to innovation portal for Peel Region. By working with technology entrepreneurs in Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Emerging Technologies, RIC Centre provides key connections to fast-track their business to market.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) helps commercialize Canadian clean technologies, readying them for growth and export markets. With a portfolio of companies under management valued at more than $2B, SDTC is demonstrating that cleantech is a driver of jobs, productivity and economic prosperity. SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels. SDTC works with the private sector, the financial sector and all levels of government to meet the Government of Canada’s commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation.

TEC Edmonton


TEC Edmonton helps tech entrepreneurs accelerate their growth. In addition to being the commercialization agent for University of Alberta technologies, TEC Edmonton operates the region’s largest incubator for early stage technology companies, including both university spin-offs and companies from the greater community. In 2013, the UBI Index ranked TEC Edmonton as the #1 Canadian university business incubator, and #17 in the world. TEC provides services in three broad areas: client business development, technology commercialization, and entrepreneur development. TEC’s ~100 active clients are an outstanding group of companies: since 2011, they generated $180M in revenue, raised $85M in financing and funding, invested $49M in R&D and grew both revenue and employment by 25%. In addition, TEC assisted in the creation of 9 spin-offs from the University in the last two years. For more information, visit

The Next 36


The Next 36 is a resource-rich program designed to nurture the entrepreneurial promise of 36 undergraduates with extraordinary potential each year. It was founded by a small group of entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics in response to Canada’s need for more high-impact entrepreneurs, and is championed by Founding Patrons W. Galen Weston, Paul Desmarais, Sr. and Jimmy Pattison. For eight months, 36 young entrepreneurs are mentored by Canada’s top business leaders, taught by some of the world’s top business faculty, and work to earn funding from top venture capitalists.