The IO Accelerator Program

Accelerate your business now

About the program

Our program combines and implements best practices from Invest Ottawa and fellow accelerators around the world. It is designed to rapidly and systematically accelerate the development and commercial success of high growth technology firms. In a phased and milestone-based approach, founders will push themselves over twelve to eighteen months to create a scalable and globally competitive technology company.

Meet the companies

Selected through a competitive process, our accelerator companies span all key industry sectors and more than 30 technology verticals, from artificial intelligence to cybersecurity.

What you get…


A minimum of five hours a month of mentorship from experts and former entrepreneurs in sales, marketing, product management, finance and HR. You’ll also have access to specialists in areas such as SEO, UX, pitching, and more. Learn more

Funders & Investors

Guidance and assistance in accessing key government funding programs, and when you are ready, introductions to angel investors and venture capitalists.

Market Insights

Our in-house Market Insights team will work with your team to provide market intelligence in industry-specific market research and analysis, curated leads within your target market, website evaluation tools, and specific investor profiles that match your business.

Entrepreneurs should apply if they have:

  • An innovative tech company
  • Less than $2M in annual revenue
  • A clear vision of the product/service being built
  • Identified market and target segments
  • Developed or are developing a minimum viable product (MVP)
  • A desire for assistance and mentorship
  • Interest in participating in our start-up community

Invest Ottawa has other services for a:

  • Non-tech company
  • Service company
  • Lifestyle business
  • Part-time entrepreneur

Cost for Desk Space

Mini Row

$500 Per Month

Up to three people

Regular Row

$750 Per Month

Up to five people

2 Regular Rows

$1500 Per Month

Up to ten people

Drop In

$150 Per Month