About Startup Canada

We connect Canada’s entrepreneurs with the tools, community, and support they need to start and build their businesses.

We know that Canada’s aspiring entrepreneurs have the talent, passion, and drive to succeed in today’s economy. We want entrepreneurs to manifest their own vision, faster.


Who we are

Startup Canada is the gateway to Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem that points you in the right direction, eliminates barriers, and champions your needs to private and public sector partners. We connect you with support organizations and peers across the country with industry expertise, regional knowledge, and funding to help you start and build successful businesses.

Our Vision

To make Canada the best place in the world to start and operate a business.

Our Mission

To connect Canada’s entrepreneurs with the tools, community, and support they need to start and build their businesses.


Our values

At Startup Canada, we walk the talk of entrepreneurship every day.

We’re here for entrepreneurs

We're motivated everyday to serve our community, one entrepreneur at a time. When they win, we win. We go the extra mile to help.

We're one team

We support each other, grow together, and achieve greater impact when we collaborate. We celebrate our successes and lift each other in the pursuit of our mission.

We make it happen

We set the bar high and we deliver. We don’t just show up—we bring our best work to the table every day. We move fast to go far.

We embrace an entrepreneurial spirit

We think like our community to better serve them, this means being resourceful problem solvers and innovators that value continuous improvement.

We're scaling for impact

We build programs and offerings that can scale our impact from one new entrepreneur, to every new entrepreneur. We punch above our weight to deliver high quality programs at a national scale with a local feel.

How it all started

In 2012, Startup Canada embarked on a six-month cross-country tour as a national community-building exercise, to kick-start a conversation about how we can better support Canadian entrepreneurs and cultivate an entrepreneurial culture. The tour brought together more than 20,000 Canadians and 300 partners through 200 events fuelled by hundreds of volunteers.

The feedback was clear:

1. Canada needed to re-discover its entrepreneurial roots and embrace entrepreneurship as central to its national culture.
2. There was a gap in celebrating and cheering on our entrepreneurs.
3. Early-stage startups needed to be cultivated and supported to produce major high-growth companies with a more ambitious global reach and a focus on sustainability.
4. Canadian entrepreneurship needed to be fuelled from the bottom-up by supporting the development of vibrant entrepreneurial communities, led by entrepreneurs, as the basis of a national entrepreneurship network.

Startup Canada was built on this foundation.

Entrepreneurs believed that there was a need to come together around a common vision and strategy, where we achieve more than the sum of our individual efforts, and where entrepreneurs are empowered to build success for themselves and for the country as a whole.

We needed to shift our culture to one where entrepreneurial achievement is admired, entrepreneurship is celebrated and supported, and where valuable experience is derived from failure. We also need to facilitate a national network based on local startup communities, led by entrepreneurs themselves, to form the foundation of an intensely connected and collaborative social network.

Now, our roots are planted in this foundation. Get ready, we’re scaling for impact.


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