Incite Incubator

When you’re ready to turn up the heat, it’s time to Incite something.

Invest Ottawa’s Incite Incubator is the place to be for a startup that is ready to get into high gear. Companies seek residency with Incite when they’re ready for intensive work and serious objectives.

This is more than just a co-working space. Businesses rooted in our incubator have come in-house to really push their startup on to the next stage of growth. Incubator companies pay a modest fee for residency, and in exchange they have regular access to facilities, meeting space, Invest Ottawa expert staff, peer groups, and other energy-building programming. Each business is paired with an EIR and have access to most other Acceleration services.


The Space

Incite provides both ‘drop-in’ and ‘permanent’ space for startups.


Designed for entrepreneurs who don’t need a permanent desk but will benefit from access to the workspace and amenities. Best for startups of 1-3 people, that is close to finalizing their MVP. You must also:

  • Be founded in the last 3 years
  • Be comprised of 1 – 3 employees
  • Able to demonstrate customer validation
  • Have raised less than $1M in private investment

Seats start at $95/month for 1, and an additional $50/month for up to 2 more seats.


Designed for startups who are seeing traction in the marketplace and are all-in with their company. Stations can house teams of 3-10. You must also:

  • Be founded in the last 3 years
  • Be MVP ready
  • Be comprised of 3 – 10 employees
  • Have demonstrated customer validation and + beta customers
  • Have raised less than $1M in private investment

Permanent space is $345/month for your three person team, with more seats available at $115/month per seat.

What You Get

Tenants of the space have access to:

  • Business advisory services
  • Professional consultation
  • Funding support
  • Market intelligence
  • State of the art meetings rooms
  • 24/7 access to the facilities
  • Seminars and workshops
  • Exclusive events
  • Free coffee (not unlimited)

We also have an amazing entrance package for all of the startups who are accepted into the Incite Incubator space:

  • $10,000 in AWS credits
  • 5 free GitHub seats for the year
  • 1 year free of ZenDesk
  • 90% off Hubspot for Startups
  • 6 months free of InVisionApp


The Incite Incubator is open to for-profit companies at an early stage of development. Companies should be developing technology, SaaS, apps, IP, or an innovative product-based business.


As a non-profit we have limitations on who we can incubate. We are unable to incubate:

  • Service providers and consulting based services
  • Publicly-traded companies
  • Academic groups
  • Subsidiaries of large companies
  • Non-profits
  • Social enterprises
  • Importers
Incubator Life


The Incite Incubator is geared towards the startup that is ready to get into high gear. Companies seek residency with Incite when they’re ready to intensively focus on work objectives.

Life in the incubator is fast-paced and focused on performance, but most of your time and work is self-directed. So we encourage startups to apply only when they’re really ready to get down to business. If that sounds like your company, this could be the place to really gain some traction.

Companies may join Incite at almost any time of year, and typically graduate by their twelfth month. Longer residencies are considered on a case-by-case basis. The goal: to have startups graduate into other accelerators or office space of their own.

Each startup in the incubator is assigned an Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) with a history of major business success and serious industry knowledge. The EIRs will set objectives and goal dates for each company; reaching these goals directly correlates with a company’s continued residency and access to other services.

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Invest Ottawa has been supporting Welbi since the beginning. From experienced mentors to specialists, we have access to all the services needed to succeed. Invest Ottawa’s incubator is the perfect space to collaborate with other startup founders, learn from everyone’s journey and help each other achieve our objectives. Welbi would not be what it is today if it wasn’t of the continuous support of Invest Ottawa!

Elizabeth Audette-Bourdeau
CEO & Co-Founder, Welbi

This is my second time building a software startup. Having gone through this before, I can attest to the value startups can get by being engaged with Invest Ottawa. The incubation space is awesome and gives you access to the type of facilities you would really only get once you’re a bigger company – all from the get-go. The energy of the place is also contagious. Very happy to have started @Fellow out of such a cool space.

Aydin Mirzaee
CEO, Fellow & Co-Founder Fluidware (Acquired by SurveyMonkey)
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