Training by the experts, to make you an expert
Invest Ottawa offers a variety of Special Programs ranging from 4-day bootcamps, to 3-month business development courses. Offerings are often seasonal or dependent on grants and funding, so be sure to check back to see what’s currently available. You can also subscribe to our Made In #Ottcity newsletter to be the first to know of upcoming program application periods.
Training new entrepreneurs on launching with success
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—it is not open to tech and software startups. Starter Company Plus participants receive exclusive access to a series of online live-recorded training sessions as well as multiple sessions with 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.
Not accepting applications at this time
Challenges and peer support for growing businesses
The Made In #Ottcity e-League is a virtual program for product-based Ottawa entrepreneurs. Business owners simply register to be a part of the e-League; then every few months they receive a business challenge via email. By completing this challenge, e-League members gain an opportunity to have their product displayed in the Innovation Centre’s foyer. Challenges for the e-League are designed to be helpful for the growth and development of you and your business, and you are also added to a Facebook group where you can interact with your fellow league members.