Business programs for entrepreneurs

Our entrepreneurship programs and education centre provide the knowledge, expertise and resources to ideation, early-stage and established entrepreneurs and business owners who aim to start or grow a product- or service-based business. To seek help with your tech startups or scaleups, visit here.

 

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Small Businesses
Ideation and Early Stage
Established businesses

Advisory services

When it comes to entrepreneurship, there is no “one-advice fits all”. Through our advisory services, you get tailored guidance from a business expert who help address your needs and challenges.

Small Businesses
Ideation and Early Stage
Established businesses

Advisory services

When it comes to entrepreneurship, there is no “one-advice fits all”. Through our advisory services, you get tailored guidance from a business expert who help address your needs and challenges.

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Small Businesses
Ideation and Early Stage

Starter Company Plus

Starter Company Plus is a three-month training program for entrepreneurs who are just starting a new business. The program is open to product makers, service providers, and retailers. Starter Company Plus participants receive exclusive access to a series of online live-recorded training sessions as well as access to a business mentor. At the conclusion of the training program, graduates will pitch a lean business plan to a panel of judges for an opportunity to be awarded a grant of $5000 towards business startup costs.

Note: This program is not designed for tech and software startups. If you are an early stage tech startup, The IO Pre-Accelerator or Accelerator might be right for you.

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Student Entrepreneurs
Secondary and Post-Secondary

Summer Company

The Summer Company Program offers students who are between semesters, either in secondary or post-secondary education, the skills and knowledge to start up a successful business during the Summer break. You will receive dedicated workshops, hands-on mentorship and funding to help your business thrive. If your application is accepted, you will be eligible to receive an award of up to $3000, with up to $1,500 up front to help underwrite start-up costs, and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.

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Student Entrepreneurs
Secondary and Post-Secondary

Summer Company

The Summer Company Program offers students who are between semesters, either in secondary or post-secondary education, the skills and knowledge to start up a successful business during the Summer break. You will receive dedicated workshops, hands-on mentorship and funding to help your business thrive. If your application is accepted, you will be eligible to receive an award of up to $3000, with up to $1,500 up front to help underwrite start-up costs, and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.

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Small Businesses
$50K to $750K Annual Revenue

Peer Groups

Offering unbiased advice and guidance and a community that holds you accountable, the IO Peer Group is a program for business owners looking to work through professional challenges and tackle tough business issues in a group of peers who face similar challenges. These groups are facilitated by industry leaders who have started and scaled their own ventures and are prepared to lead you through your toughest challenges.