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Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

Investing in the next generation of innovators and ideas

Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

In addition to support for technologies and ideas with demonstrated commercial potential, OCE also supports and invests in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are both substantial.

Popular OCE Programs for Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

Market Readiness

Market Readiness aids in moving promising technologies from an academic lab setting to a new spin-off company or licensing opportunity. Learn More >

Voucher for Commercialization

Voucher for Commercialization helps eligible companies commercialize intellectual property from Ontario publicly funded academic research institutions, assisting with prototyping; establishing proof of commercial concept, market size and business case; as well as product design. Learn More >


SmartStart supports new ventures led by postgraduate students or recent graduates from Science, Technology, Engineering or Math programs through funding, entrepreneurship training and development. Learn More >

Entrepreneurship Fellowships

Entrepreneurship Fellowships support the development of an Ontario student or graduating student (within the last three years) to create an innovative start-up with an economic impact in Ontario.

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Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP)

Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP) program helps commercialize promising life sciences and medical technology IP developed at Ontario academic research institutions Learn More >

Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP)

Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) helps eligible companies commercialize, increase productivity and access all types of innovations (technical, business and social) through projects with Ontario publicly funded academic research institutions (university, college, hospital). One-year Vouchers support collaborative projects to develop innovative products, processes and services with a focus on developing or expanding export markets. Learn More >


Connections links students in engineering, science and technology programs to technology-based companies to work on real-world projects. Learn More >

Popular Partner Programs for Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

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