Start it up
You have an idea, but is it viable? Is there a market for it? Can it be the seed of a flourishing tech empire? What’s actually involved in building and growing a tech firm?
Fire up your business with IO Ignition (formerly known as the IO Pre-Accelerator), a 10-week boot camp created for entrepreneurs who want to validate a tech startup idea and create a solid business foundation to build upon.
Ottawa’s busiest boot camp for early stage startups.
women participants from January 2021 to January 2022
Is IO Ignition a fit for me?
Formerly known as the IO Pre-Accelerator, IO Ignition is the trailhead of your venture path, a comprehensive starting point that helps you map out the road ahead and avoid pitfalls and mistakes that may come your way. You should apply if you:
Want to put your
assumptions to the test
Are building a tech or
Have started talking to
customers or have initial sales
Want to build your network
with like-minded founders
“We are humbled and honored to have graduated from cohort 11, and very excited about the next milestones in our journey. It is such a privilege to be a part of the vast network of Invest Ottawa, and to be guided by the program team throughout the 10 weeks. It wouldn’t have been possible without our dear mentor, Laurie Davis. His insights have been key in our journey, and we are looking forward to new heights to reach with his support.”
“I’m a testament to Invest Ottawa’s empowerment of entrepreneurs in the capital region of Canada. From being in IO Ignition Program, to having several partnership opportunities with them since, Invest Ottawa has become a significant part of my personal and business success story.”
What you get
Over ten weeks, entrepreneurs, renowned experts and startup mentors will share the foundational elements behind a successful tech company, including:
- Master customer discovery interviews
- Lean startup methodology
- Legal, accounting and banking
- Lean product development
- Sales and growth hacking
- Financial roadmap: non-dilutive vs. dilutive funding
- Marketing and building your online presence
- Pitching your business
- And more!
Ask the experts
Get one-on-one mentorship time with Invest Ottawa’s Early Stage Advisors — tried-and-true founders who’ve built successful technology enterprises and have stories to tell.
Get in the know
For many IO Ignition graduates the next step in the Venture Path is IO Flex, where you can meet with other startup founders, talk about shared challenges and how to address them, and connect with other stakeholders and influencers from Ottawa’s tech community.
Start mastering the art and skill of pitching your business idea to investors and customers through practice; the IO Ignition pitch finale stage will be your training ground. Pitch live in front of hundreds in the audience including a panel of judges, peers, the startup community, friends, and family. Win the titles of Best Pitch and Crowd Favourite and be awarded additional mentor hours and access to the Accelerator space.
Apply to the IO Ignition Program
The IO Ignition Bootcamp runs quarterly and we accept applications throughout the year!
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