Other Funding

There are so many programs out there, and each one is for something just a little different.  Depending on your industry, there may be even more opportunities available. Best to check in with us to assess your funding opportunities and provide recommendations.  We've also included some information about the other main funding options: investors and loans. 


Frequently Accessed Programs

National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Best for Startups and Mid-Sized companies looking to fund product development, either with internal labour or external contractors

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Best for Startups and Mid-Sized companies looking to launch a beta product or acquire equipment to scale the business

Scientific Research & Experimental Development

Best for Tech Startups and Mid-Sized Companies looking to obtain tax credits on scientific research and experimental discovery to recoup investment in product development

Starter Company

Best for Youth Led Startups (at least one founder under 29 years old) that need money to get started

OCE SmartStart

Best for Youth Led Startups with founders 29 and younger with a technology related business

CanExport

Offers financial support to SME's seeking to develop new export opportunities


Investors

Finding investors is very difficult and finding the right investor is even harder. Through investment pitch coaching and accessing our business advisory services, we can help you get investment ready and work to find investors for you. If you want to quickly validate your product and raise some funds, consider a crowdfunding campaign where you raise money from pre-orders. Occasionally we even hold pitch competitions, so check back frequently on our events to see if one is happening soon!

Investor Networks

Northern Ontario Angels

Best for Startups and Mid-Sized companies that are post-revenue

AngelList

Best for Startups and Mid-Sized companies that are post-revenue

MaRS Investment Accelerator

Best for Mid-Sized companies with sales less than $1 million

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Looking to pre-sell your product or service on a platform to gauge market potential and/or find the right messaging without giving up any of your business? We’ve helped other companies successfully raise money from perfect strangers and get exposure for their idea.  Kickstarter and Indiegogo are two very popular crowdfunding platforms


Loans

Looking to borrow? Connect with our advisors and we can help you borrow smart and make sure that you can handle the payments. We work with organizations like Thunder Bay VenturesBDC, and Futurepreneur Canada.