Business Resources

Entrepreneurship Program for Ontario Engineers (EPOE)

Ottawa Public Library Imagine Space – offers technologies and tools that allow customers to experiment and to create in a social setting

Concierge – there are programs and services available across Canada that provide sound business advice from professionals in your area and help you navigate financing and other services at every stage of your business

Business Plan Wizard – an online tool that prepares you to write a business plan

Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs – dedicated to helping women build valuable, lasting relationships that will strengthen their business now and in the long-term

Canada Business Ontario – find out about federal and provincial government programs, services and regulations

Enterprise Toronto – a team of small business advisors can help you make the decisions during your business start-up and develop your management capabilities as your business grows; services are free

Ivey Institute for Entrepreneurship – a premiere resource for entrepreneurship research and education

LawHelpOntario.org – this list of resources for entrepreneurs contains general legal information on intellectual property, accessibility, and more

MaRS – offers venture services, funding, systems change, and facilities; MaRS venture clients get access to expert advice and mentorship, connections to customer, partner, and capital networks, and detailed market research and your industry

  • MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund – provides early assistance for science and tech start-ups that are looking for financial backing; entrepreneurs can receive up to $500,000 in a repayable business loan at an interest rate of prime plus one
  • MaRS Entrepreneur’s Toolkit – free online resources to help entrepreneurs launch and grow their business
  • Entrepreneurship 101 – MaRS’ free 30-week lecture series that covers critical business topics for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs
  • Introduction to Investment Readiness – MaRS’ free course to help you save time and avoid pitfalls as you organize a fundraising round
  • MaRS’ Business Acceleration Program (BAP) – supports the growth and development of regional innovation ecosystems across Ontario

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure – information on how new or existing small businesses can get advice, support and information on government regulations

Newcomer Entrepreneurs Network – an online network for newcomer business owners, who provide each other with all types of business and networking resources

Ontario Global Edge Program – if you’re an enterprising student between the ages of 19 and 29, you may qualify for an international entrepreneurship placement

The Entrepreneurship Society – offers quarterly events with intimate learning sessions on topics of interest to high-growth business owners and offers quality networking opportunities 

The Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centres – offers a comprehensive range of support services to entrepreneurs for free, including mentorship and advisory services, hands-on workshops and networking events

Women’s Business Network – a networking community for women with a focus on building strong relationships

Carleton University – Lead to Win program for entrepreneurs to create technology-based businesses in Ottawa region. Each new business must be designed to grow so it can employ at least 6 knowledge workers in the region over the next 3 years. Entrepreneurs get connected to strategic customers, revenue opportunities, individuals, companies and organizations that can provide requisite resources, including capital.

University of Ottawa- Startup Garage to provide space, computer lab, equipments including 3D printer, entrepreneurship and mentoring. 

Invest Ottawa – Business seminars and workshops, business and financing advice, and mentorship. Seminars and one to one advise on legal, financing, market research, accounting, import/export. 

L-Spark – support for enterprise software that is cloud and SaaS based.