Designated organizations

To apply for a start-up visa, your business idea or venture must obtain the support of one of the designated organizations listed below.

Organizations select which business proposals to evaluate. If an organization decides to review your business proposal, it will assess your business' growth potential and viability. Each organization has its own intake process and evaluation criteria.

If an organization chooses to support your business idea, they will provide you with a Letter of Support.

Designated venture capital funds

To be eligible for the start-up visa, you must secure a minimum investment of $200,000 from one or more of the following designated Canadian venture capital funds:

Designated angel investor groups

To be eligible for the start-up visa, you must secure a minimum investment of $75,000 if the investment comes from investors affiliated with one or more of the following designated Canadian angel investor groups:

Designated business incubators

To be eligible for the start-up visa, you must be accepted into one of the following designated Canadian business incubator programs:

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