The IO Pre-Accelerator Program

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About the program

The IO Pre-Accelerator Program is a 10-week boot camp designed to help Ottawa’s entrepreneurs at the early stages of building a tech or tech-enabled startup to validate their ideas and solidify their business foundations.

Build on the right foundation

The application for cohort 12 closes June 2021

Build Your Tech Startup

The IO Pre-Accelerator Program members and mentors share their experience and weigh-in on how our 10-week boot-camp empowers entrepreneurs at the early stages of building a tech startup to scale their business to new heights

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It has helped build some structure, discover insights that we didn’t know before… The entrepreneurial environment fuels my motivation every day. Being able to network, ask help at any time, and e to grow along the other companies is an invaluable experience.

Alberto Aguilar

This course far exceeded my expectations. It was the best $250 I spent this year. It is like a do-over for my business. I started it with an idea, but there is so much I didn’t know. Now I have a better plan. I only wish I had taken the class months ago. Donna was a superstar. I was simultaneously nervous of what she would say (as proof I was on the wrong track) but so eager to hear her insight. In all my years I’ve never seen someone who could both pick apart an idea, and then help you reconstruct it. It is masterful.

John Stroud

[The IO Pre-Accelerator Program has] Tremendously impacted our company. It has really helped us to narrow in our priorities and has helped to boost the credibility and visibility of our company. I have appreciated the balance of candid advice and encouragement we have received. Nurtured Life has learned so much. Thank you!

Michelle Coates Mather
Nurtured Life

What you get…



10 workshops of 3 hours each week, where some of Ottawa’s leading entrepreneurs, renowned experts and startup mentors will cover foundational elements of every successful tech company.



Mentorship & Market Intelligence

One-on-one mentorship hours with Invest Ottawa’s Early Stage Advisors comprised of tried-and-true former entrepreneurs and industry experts. Additionally, our in-house Market Insights team will work with your team to provide market intelligence in industry-specific market research and analysis, as well as curated leads within your target market.

Work space

Drop-in access for the duration of the program to Invest Ottawa’s accelerator space will allow you to enjoy desk spaces and meeting rooms, free wifi, and most importantly, the startup community at Bayview Yards.



Working within one of Ottawa’s most desired tech startup community lends itself to daily networking activities: meeting other startup founders, brainstorming solutions to problems, introductions to the stakeholders and influencers in Ottawa’s tech startup ecosystem. The opportunities are endless. Let serendipity unfold.

  • Apply Now

    Fill out the information below to start your application for the Pre-Accelerator program. Next cohort starts April 2020!

Meet the Cohorts


  • Ideation and customer discovery
  • Lean business canvas and design thinking
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP) design and learn start-up techniques
  • Sales and growth hacking
  • Attracting talent and building culture
  • Financial roadmap and pitching
  • Legal and accounting

The session will finish with a pitch contest to investors, academics and industry experts, with winners awarded additional mentor hours and free desk space for six months at Invest Ottawa’s accelerator space at Bayview Yards.

Cost: $250 for the entire program.