About Startup Gov

What is it?

Startup Gov gives every entrepreneur a voice to government to create the conditions necessary for entrepreneurial success in Canada.

How we do it

Through a series of roundtables, workshops, and webinars offered to entrepreneurs from across Canada, Startup Gov strives to streamline access to government services for early stage entrepreneurs and demystify programs and resources that are available to them.

The core elements

This year, activities will occur over the course of a full calendar year with the aim to provide productive opportunities for entrepreneurs, private sector partners, and government to co-create a path forward as we look to entrepreneurship as a main driver for economic growth and stability in Canada.


Educate entrepreneurs on what is available to support them and provide awareness on how to benefit from programs by showcasing the suite of government supports and resources available to entrepreneurs.


Advocate on behalf of entrepreneurs and teach entrepreneurs how to become their own advocates by providing them with opportunities to share feedback, concerns and recommendations to key government officials.


Create opportunities for entrepreneurs to gain first hand experience into how to access government funding and support.


Provide networking opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet government officials.

Advocacy Roundtables

Amplifying entrepreneurs's voices to government

Commencing in February 2023, Startup Canada will host bi-monthly invitation-only advocacy roundtable discussions featuring government representatives, entrepreneurs, and key stakeholders. These sessions will connect government officials, entrepreneurs from Startup Canada’s network, and key stakeholders from both the private and public sector. Providing a vehicle for Parliamentarians to hear directly from entrepreneurs so stronger partnerships can blossom at the grassroots level.


Connecting entrepreneurs with resources

Throughout the year, Startup Gov will host a series of webinars, connecting entrepreneurs with key government officials managing and overseeing programs geared towards supporting entrepreneurs.

The webinars will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to better understand the breadth of government support available for their businesses and pose questions directly to government officials to support them with growing and sustaining their businesses .

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Resource Sharing Library

As part of Startup Gov 2021, a comprehensive government relations toolkit was developed to provide entrepreneurs with foundational government relations tools and support them with their own advocacy efforts.

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As part of Startup Gov 2021, we held a series of consultations with Startup Canada Community Leaders which provided an opportunity for entrepreneurs to have their voices heard. These meetings culminated in a report that highlights recommendations on what the federal government and other support organizations can do to better support them.

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Social Media

Informational Campaigns

Throughout the year, Startup Canada will share government resources, events, news, and policy announcements impacting entrepreneurs across our social media channels. We will also be sharing recaps and insights from our roundtables, workshops, and webinars. You can stay up to date on these latest updates by following us online!

Have a resource to share? If you have a story, new program, resource, or service that supports entrepreneurs at the government level that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you!

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Stay in the know

Subscribe to our mailing list to be the first to hear about any and all Startup Gov programming.

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Our program partners

This program would not be possible without the generous support of our partners. We are so happy to be able to continue working with our amazing partners and excited to introduce new partners for 2023.

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Program Partners

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can insert your postal code into this website to learn who your MP is https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en 

Yes, we will be hosting a series of webinars and workshops throughout the year. To receive reminders on our latest webinars and workshops, subscribe to our mailing list.

Yes, as part of Startup Gov, Startup Canada historically hosted a large style conference in Ottawa during BDC’s Small Business Week™, called Startup Day on the Hill. This year, we have decided to activate that event once again on October 20, along with other activities throughout the year.

Join our mailing list to receive updates on Startup Gov activities, we will have some exciting announcements in the next month.


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