Investing in Business Innovation

Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued commitment to workers, families and communities in southern Ontario with the launch of the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives, which includes Investing in Business Innovation (IBI).

IBI provides mentorship, entrepreneurial support and financing to help new businesses grow and succeed. The initiative is designed to foster a more competitive southern Ontario economy by focusing on providing business support to new entrepreneurs, helping them transform their ideas into globally-competitive products and services, and increasing their access to private sector investment and advice.

High-growth businesses and new entrepreneurs are critical to southern Ontario’s competitiveness. Support through IBI increases the potential for businesses to succeed by strengthening angel networks and encouraging the development of partnerships between early-stage businesses and investors so that entrepreneurs have the tools and capital they need to become world-leading innovators.

Who can apply?

IBI funding is available for:

  • Not-for-profit organizations that provide skills development and seed financing to new entrepreneurs;
  • Innovative, early-stage businesses with less than 50 employees to help leverage angel and capital investments; and
  • Southern Ontario-based angel investor networks.

What activities are eligible?

This initiative will support the activities of eligible organizations delivering services to entrepreneurs to undertake activities related to providing innovative new entrepreneurs with business skills, education and seed financing to prepare them for investment readiness such as:

  • Business and market development skills programs;
  • Early stage business development programs; and
  • Seed financing programs and support.

Important Information

Financial assistance from government programs may have tax implications for your business. It is recommended that advice be obtained from a qualified tax professional.

Please contact us should you have questions or inquiries, or if you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting your application.

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