Starter Company Plus

Build your own success

The Starter Company Plus Program is an entrepreneurship training program for early-stage, non-tech companies. The program provides Ottawa-based entrepreneurs with resources and support to help start, expand or purchase a business. This program is made possible through funding from Government of Ontario.

Program participants receive:

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Dedicated business mentorship

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Group networking sessions

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Week-long training program

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A chance to pitch for up to $5000

A Smart Start

The program begins with a week-long training program targeted to build your business plan.
Topics discussed throughout this week include: starting and validating your business, market research, digital marketing, tax planning for sole proprietors, branding, networking and pitching skills.

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Funding Potential

Upon completion of the training program, participants will have an opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of committee members for a chance to be awarded a grant of up to $5000.

Not all program participants will receive a grant, however, training will be invaluable and is free of charge to participants.


Program Deliverables

In this program, entrepreneurs will develop the following:

  • Business plan
  • Cash flow forecast
  • Milestone setting
  • Pitch Presentation



Who can apply?

You can apply to the program if you’re:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Operating out of Ottawa, Ontario
  • An Ontario resident and Canadian citizen (or permanent resident)
  • Not attending school full-time or returning to school
  • Early-stage, non-tech company
  • Are not currently receiving any other government funding


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Important Dates at a Glance

September 18th – Deadline to submit application

September 20th at 9am – Orientation Session

September 23rd to 27th from 6pm to 9pm – Starter Company Plus Bootcamp (Cohort 1)

September 30th – October 4th from 9am to noon – Starter Company Plus Bootcamp (Cohort 2)

December 2nd 9am to Noon – Business Plan Review Session

December 20th – Final day to submit business plans

Week of January 6th – Practice Pitches

Week of January 13th – Final Pitches

  • Apply for Starter Company Plus

    If you are applying after the program deadline, you will be placed on a waiting list for the next cohort. Once applications are open again, we will contact you with further instructions.