About Startup Gov

What is it?

Startup Gov provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to build relationships, and share recommendations and feedback with government officials to create the conditions necessary for entrepreneurial success in Canada.

How we do it

Through a series of in-person roundtables across the country, webinars, educational resources, continued advocacy work, and communication campaigns, 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

Activities will occur over the course of a full calendar year with the aim of providing 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 resources available to support them and provide awareness on how they can benefit from programs by showcasing the suite of government support 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 with key government officials.


Create opportunities for entrepreneurs to gain first hand experience accessing government funding and support.


Provide networking opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet government officials.

Advocacy Roundtables

Amplifying entrepreneurs's voices to government

In 2024, Startup Canada will host a series of invitation-only advocacy roundtable discussions across the country. These roundtables will connect government officials, entrepreneurs from Startup Canada’s network, and key stakeholders from both the private and public sectors. These sessions will provide a vehicle for Parliamentarians to hear directly from entrepreneurs so that stronger partnerships can blossom at the grassroots level. Key findings from these sessions will be shared via Startup Canada’s social media channels, aiming to amplify the voices and stories of entrepreneurs from across the country.

Virtual Events

Connecting entrepreneurs with resources

Throughout the year, Startup Gov will host informative 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.

Watch past events


Resource Sharing Library

As part of Startup Gov, a comprehensive government relations toolkit was developed to provide entrepreneurs with foundational government relations tools and support them with their own advocacy efforts. Additionally, we have pulled some helpful links to support entrepreneurs with finding programs and services that can aid them in their entrepreneurial journey.

Access the toolkit

Social Media

Informational communications campaigns

Throughout the year, Startup Canada will share government resources, events, news, and policy announcements impacting entrepreneurs across our social media channels.

You can stay updated on the latest news and Startup Gov programming by following us online and subscribing to our mailing list!

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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. Thank you to our 2024 partners below.

Presenting Partner

Program Partners

Ecosystem Partner

Community Partner


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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

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 through our Startup Canada Tour! Stay tuned for more dates and details. 


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