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NACO Entrepreneur Resources

NACO works with partner organizations to highlight opportunities, information, and resources to help entrepreneurs get investment ready.

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office is responsible for administering Canada's system of IP rights: patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, and integrated circuit topographies.

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Canada Business Network

Thinking of going into business? Considering a new career? Expanding your business operations? The Canada Business Network is your key access point for the federal and provincial/territorial government information that you need to start, run, and grow your business.

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Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada is a national non-profit organization that supports young entrepreneurs through pre-launch expertise, online business resources, financing and industry leading mentoring. The Futurpreneur Canada Business Resource Centre (BRC) is an engaging and interactive online hub that offers valuable resources to entrepreneurs at all stages of their business. Select resources are featured below.

Please visit to explore the full Business Resource Centre.

Futurpreneur Canada offers several resources on mentoring including a series of interactive learning modules called Crash Courses for entrepreneurial mentors and their entrepreneurs.

For entrepreneurs who are in the business planning stage, Futurpreneur Canada offers a number of resources including an interactive Business Plan Writer, designed to simplify the business planning process.




This Week in Startups

Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humor. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business of motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.

Visit the this Week in Startups YouTube Channel for weekly episodes.




Next 36 - The Next Founders

The Next Founders is a transformative program for Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs. It delivers entrepreneurial education, designed for the founders of high growth and high margin businesses, and the creators of innovative technology that is prime for commercialization. Over the course of three months, participants will build relationships with an extraordinary community of business leaders, professors, and investors.



Startup Visa Program

To apply to the program, prospective entrepreneurs must be able to secure a specific funding commitment from a designated Angel group. Therefore, this program is driven by the investment decision of the designated investors and is not intended as a general application for prospective immigrants. The program will focus on high-quality applications and not the quantity of applicants.

For more information on the Startup Visa Program, click here.




NACO Common Docs

These standard term sheets for early-stage startup investment in Canada are the result of NACO’s cross-country consultations with founders, funders, legal experts and other community partners throughout Q1 2017. Start using the NACO Common Docs and unify your funding process with the rest of the Canadian early-stage ecosystem.

Go to the NACO Common Docs




BDO's Entrepreneur Resources

In addition to BDO's STARTSMART Program, BDO offers the following resources to entrepreneurs: