Entrepreneur Resources

Public Member Directory

Visit our public member directory where you can search for and connect with Angel groups, industry partners and Angels by name, location and/or investment focus. Only Angels who have chosen to be visible will be displayed in this directory.

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The Funding Portal

Canadian Intellectual Property Office

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

Visit New to IP? to direct you through useful IP information.

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 www.futurpreneur.ca/en/resources/ 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.

2015 Cohort Key Dates:

  • Program Begins | May 4
  • Venture Day | August 18

More information:

CIC Start-Up Visa Program

Overview

The Start-Up Visa program was launched by Citizenship and Immigration Canada on April 1 2013, with the participation of the National Angel Capital Organization (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.

Application Process

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.Prospective applicants must be ready to provide detailed information regarding their entrepreneurial background and venture including:

  • Business plans
  • Financial documents
  • Incorporation documents
  • References
  • Other relevant information the investor may require to make the investment decision.

Before applying to the program, potential applicants must have secured an investment commitment of $75,000 or more from a designated Angel investor group. Applications that have not secured funding from a designated Angel group will not be deemed eligible to apply.

Applicants may apply as either a single entrepreneur or as an entrepreneurial team of up to five members. Each applicant must be an active member of the venture team with at least 10% of the voting rights to qualify. The combination of the applicant and the designated investor/investors must also hold at least 50% of the voting rights in the proposed venture to qualify.

Angel investors typically invest in innovative high-growth companies in knowledge-based industries with strong track records and evidence of market readiness or early market traction, including customer sales. Companies in the early stages of commercialization with early revenues would be ideal candidates for this program.

Successful applicant companies will typically meet the following criteria when approaching designated Angel investor groups:

  • The company has been established and incorporated and is planning to incorporate in Canada.
  • The company has demonstrated pre-existing financial resources as well as market validation for their product/service.
  • The company is looking for follow-on funding to continue development or accelerate the growth of their venture
  • The company is engaged in a high-growth knowledge industry or has a reasonable potential for exponential growth
  • The company has a well-developed market, financial and company growth strategy
  • The company has a defined competitive advantage that is sustainable in its industry
  • The company would benefit strategically from relocation to Canada

For more information on the Start-up Visa program, such as details and designated Angel group details, please go to http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/business/start-up/index.asp

Please note that this program is not valid for entrepreneurs looking to relocate to the province of Quebec. Quebec establishes its own immigration requirements. More details can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/quebec/index.asp

Prospective immigrant entrepreneurs seeking investment from a designated Angel group may apply for consideration by contacting one of the designated Angel groups listed on the CIC website, or by filling out the NACO application form provided below.

If you have any inquiries, please contact us at startupvisa@nacocanada.com