Startup Program

The Innovation Guelph (IG) Startup Program is specially designed for selected entrepreneurs and startups that want to accelerate their business to revenue and investment.

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The IG Startup Program has two levels:

Level 1

Level 1 is our free 12 month educational and networking program for selected entrepreneurs.

What’s in it for you?

  • Monthly group sessions that include lessons on rotating topics provided by industry specialists, introductions and networking with other businesses, and Q&A with an IG mentor
  • Access to premium educational resources from IG and MaRS, including access to strategic reports, business templates, online toolkits and more
  • Introductions to trusted professionals
    Innovation Guelph workshops, events and networking
  • Use of the Workshop@IG Coworking space (four days/month)
    Coworking Space is currently unavailable

After a 12-month evaluation, entrepreneurs will graduate to Level 2 at no charge, become alumni or continue Level 1 support at a nominal fee.

Level 2

Level 2Level 2 is a fast track for high potential companies and those in Level 1 who show considerable development.

What’s in it for you?

  • In addition to all the features of Level 1, Level 2 qualifying companies will receive:

  • Two hours per month of free 1-on-1 support with a qualified mentor

  • Access to special BOOST project options (click the link below), with $500 off a maximum of three projects in 24 months (total possible savings $1500).

View Boost Project categories

After a 24-month evaluation, businesses have the option of continuing the program at a nominal fee, becoming Alumni or graduating to another applicable program.

Are you Eligible?

To be accepted into the IG Startup Program, companies need to meet the following requirements:

Must be working on business minimum 20 hrs per week


Must be incorporated or planning to incorporate

Under $1 million in revenue

Must have a scalable product or service that is innovative by nature

Cannot be a consultant or solo entrepreneur with a service or retail outlet focused on selling locally; and/or unable or unwilling to scale

Program Engagement

Regular updates with an IG Program Manager

Level of engagement and ability/willingness to be coached will be assessed

Completion of all survey requests

Enrollment in program is at the discretion of the Program Manager for Startups

Interested in the Innovation Guelph Startup Program?