FedDev Ontario supports and collaborates with organizations that are dedicated to the success of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in southern Ontario. With sector- and community-specific expertise and resources that open opportunities for new and existing businesses, these partners are key proponents of the southern Ontario innovation ecosystem.
Partners offering business services
The following partners offer services such as training, mentorship, networking, acceleration, workspaces, advice and other support to help entrepreneurs and SMEs in southern Ontario start or grow their businesses, innovate, and succeed.
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Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters –Technology Assessment Program: Connects businesses with technology experts to provide assessments and advice on technologies that would improve their operations and productivity. Explore CME’s other programs and resources for businesses.
CANHealth Network: Partnering Canada’s leading health care institutions with technology companies to create advanced solutions for real health care environments.
Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE): An incubator that will enable the Indigenous community to explore their entrepreneurial aspirations by providing business programming, working space, advisory services, mentorship supports, shared co-workspace, community event space and connections to business networks.
Invest Ottawa, MaRS Discovery District, Communitech Scale-Up Platform: Provides services to help companies overcome three key challenges to rapid growth and market success: access to customers, revenue and talent.
Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization Capital Access Advisory Program (OBIO CAAP): Provides coaching and targeted advisor and investor introductions to health-science companies looking to raise post-seed funding.
Ryerson Cybersecure Catalyst: Provides training, certification, commercial acceleration and other support to businesses to tackle the challenges and leverage the opportunities in cybersecurity.
Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI): Provides a network of support to assist SMEs to develop and integrate highly innovative technologies and turn innovations into commercialized products.
Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP): Brings together industrial partners and academic researchers and provides them with sophisticated advanced computing technologies and expertise to solve social, technical and business challenges across sectors and drive economic growth.
Toronto Regional Board of Trade – Trade Accelerator Program (TAP): An innovative four-session initiative, designed to accelerate the strategic development of businesses and to prepare businesses for expansion into international markets.
ventureLab – Hardware Catalyst Initiative: An incubator that provides support to companies developing solutions in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things, and other innovative technologies to scale their businesses in southern Ontario and compete globally.
Partners offering business services and funding
The following partners offer businesses services and support, as well as funding to help businesses grow, expand and commercialize new products and technologies.
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Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global Initiative: Delivered by the Yves Landry Foundation, this initiative provides funding for export-oriented manufacturers in southern Ontario to undertake training activities related to new technology, new processes or procedures.
AC JumpStart: A unique incubation program, delivered by the Accelerator Centre, that provides seed funding and mentorship to help technology start-ups establish and grow their companies.
Bioenterprise Seed Fund and Innovation Guelph Fuel Injection: A joint initiative, between Bioenterprise Corporation and Innovation Guelph, to provide entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with seed funding, access to specialized industry expertise and business coaching.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC): Provides strategic capital investment in SMEs with compelling business plans where innovation in science and engineering can bring about major advances in sustainable chemistry.
Fierce Founders: Delivered by Communitech, this accelerator program provides women-led technology start-ups with seed funding, training and mentoring to help accelerate the growth of their businesses.
N1M: This accelerator program, delivered by Northumberland CFDC, is geared towards supporting high-potential, early-stage technology businesses looking to develop and commercialize new products.
Next Canada: Provides mentoring, training and seed funding for high-potential entrepreneurs through three programs: Next 36; Next Founders; and NextAI.
Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario – Local Stream and Regional Stream: Provides support to SMEs in local CFDC communities to expand business growth and adopt of new advanced business innovation processes.
SmartStart Seed Fund: Delivered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the program provides both seed financing and entrepreneurship skills training to help early-stage businesses grow their companies and to make them investment and customer ready.
Southern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations: Provide support, financing and assistance with strategic planning for rural Ontario entrepreneurs seeking to start, grow, finance and market their businesses.
Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation: Provides interest-bearing business loans to support innovation and growth in small- and medium-sized enterprises across the region. It is delivered by the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association and Community Futures Ontario East.
TechAlliance BURST: An incubation program for early-stage, high-potential medical technology companies to commercialize new technologies and to become investor-ready.
Partners delivering funding and support in response to COVID-19
To provide targeted support to help businesses, sectors and communities particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to recover and move toward a more stable future, FedDev Ontario is providing funding to key partners in the region to deliver the following initiatives through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF). For more information or to apply through these initiatives, please visit the partner sites linked below.
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If you are a small Ontario main street business seeking support to digitize your operations, register online for support through Digital Main Street, ShopHere, or the Future Proofing Main Street initiative.
If you are an Ontario SME seeking customized advice on digitizing any aspect of your operations, sign up to participate in the no-cost Recovery Activation Program through the Toronto Region Board of Trade.
If you are a rural Main Street business, find your local CFDC to apply for access to capital and technical support.
If you are a destination marketing organization, visit the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario website for more information on the support available.
If you are a women-led SME in eastern Ontario, visit the Northumberland CFDC for more information or to apply for financial support to help with the key costs of reopening.
If you are a women-led SME in southwestern Ontario, visit the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation for more information or to apply for financial support to help with the key costs of reopening.
If you are a SME in a southern Ontario Francophone community, visit the Prescott Russell CDC's website for more information or to apply for financial support to reopen and rebuild revenues.
If you are a not-for-profit or social enterprise in a southern Ontario Francophone community, visit the l'Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario website for more information or to apply for financial relief to sustain operations as the economy gradually reopens.
If you are a SME, not-for-profit or social enterprise in a southern Ontario Francophone community, visit SÉO's website for more information on targeted advisory services to help you pivot your operations for success in the post-COVID-19 economy.
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