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 aids in moving promising technologies from an academic lab setting to a new spin-off company or licensing opportunity. Learn More >
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 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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- CYBF-OCE Entrepreneurship Fellowships support students and recent graduates aged 18-39 from any academic discipline develop their business through a two-year program with grant funding from OCE and mentoring from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) in the first year and loan financing from CYBF in the second year.
- David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge awards $25,000 and a suite of business services to one university or college student to assist in advancing the business concept that addresses the energy challenge issued that year.
- Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Entrepreneurship facilitate the transition of OCE-funded university-based research into innovative business ventures.
- OCE-OBI Entrepreneurial Fellowships fund and support scientists (e.g., neurotechnology, science or engineering) in entrepreneurial/commercialization opportunities with the goal of establishing neuroscience-related companies in Ontario.
- Social Entrepreneurship Fellowships funds individual scholars and researchers in social sciences and humanities research to support knowledge mobilization activities and to create innovative start-ups with an economic impact in Ontario.
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) 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 >