Start-Up Visa

Canada’s Start-up Visa  targets immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada that:

  • are innovative
  • can create jobs for Canadians
  • can compete on a global scale

All accepted applicants must become residents of one of YEDI’s Business Acceleration Campuses for a minimum of 12 months, upon arrival to Canada.

* We value personal connection connections and encourage you to review our International Start-Up training program which allows entrepreneurs to become familiarized with Canada’s business landscape and meet with organizations supporting small business growth and development. Upon program completion, entrepreneurs will have the tools and expertise necessary to pitch and potentially bring their ventures to the Canadian market.

Applications for the International Program are open and unaffected by this update.

Start-Up Visa

  • State the existing name of your venture. If you do not have one yet, please come up with a creative and relevant title for your idea (this is not binding).
  • Please provide a quick profile of yourself and your co-founders.
  • Tell Us About Your Venture

  • Please describe your product and/or service and value proposition in one sentence.
  • hat is the gist of your venture? What problem or market gap is your idea serving? How is your idea innovative? (max. 150 words)
  • What makes your venture unique and desirable? What sets you up for success against the competition? (max. 100 words)
  • Describe your target audience and user/customer acquisition strategy? What is the market demand/climate for your product/service? (max. 150 words)
  • If available.
  • Separated by comma, if available.
  • Please provide any relevant documents that validate or verify the context of your idea, e.g. market research, patent confirmation, etc. Please upload a "zip" folder if you have more than one document you would like to provide.
  • Tell Us About You

  • Help us learn about your past projects and personal qualities. (max. 200 words)
  • (max. 100 words)
  • What do you hope to get from the program and how will you use the training and access to networks to succeed? What are the milestones you would like to achieve throughout and by the end of the session?
  • Do you have academic or professional training within the field(s)?