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NACO strives to expand the reach of the early-stage ecosystem by developing funding and support programs in collaboration with government and strategic parters.


Startup Visa

The Startup Visa program was launched by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in April 2013, with the participation of NACO in order to support the efforts of Angel investor groups in bringing innovative young companies and their entrepreneurs to Canada, furthering our innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Angel groups designated to participate under the program will be able to provide investee immigrant entrepreneurs with access to an expedited immigration process.

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Western Angel Network Development Program

With funding and support from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), NACO has undertaken an initiative aimed at growing and supporting best practices adoption in Angel investor communities in Western Canada.

The Western Canadian Angel Network (WCAN) program, administered by NACO is now accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Angel Network projects from prospective Angel Networks in regions of Western Canada, including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

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RBC Angel Investee Program

As part of RBCs ongoing strategy to support Canada’s Innovation eco-system, RBC has partnered with NACO to offer early stage startups exclusive access to RBC products and services.

Early stage companies that have secured capital from an angel investor (in good standing with NACO) may be eligible for an RBC Visa Business Platinum Avion® facility of up to $50,000*

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Amazon Web Services Activate Program

Amazon Web Services provides startups with low cost, easy to use infrastructure needed to scale and grow any size business. AWS Activate is a program with resources designed to help startups get started on AWS.

Your investee company will be eligible for:

  • $10,000 in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years
  • 1 year of AWS Business Support (up to $5,000).
  • 80 credits for Self-Paced Labs ($80 value)

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Building a business takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication. There are many important decisions that need to be made as your business grows. Having someone there to help you through every step of the way can increase your chances of success. That’s why the BDO Canada technology team created the STARTSMART Program.

BDO STARTSMART positions startups for success by offering bundled service solutions to meet your business needs. Each bundle has been carefully created to provide the services to support your path to achieving a successful business.

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