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Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

Investing in the next generation of innovators and ideas

Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

OCE supports development of new technologies and ideas with demonstrated commercial potential. We also support and invest in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are substantial. 

Popular OCE Programs for Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

Market Readiness

Market Readiness directly funds early-stage commercialization of IP resulting from research conducted at an Ontario-based academic institution or a company based at a Campus Linked Accelerator (CLA) by newly created start-up companies.   Learn More >

SmartStart Seed Fund

SmartStart Seed Fund provides seed financing and financing for entrepreneurship skills training to Ontario-based start-ups led by young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 29, helping them grow their companies and make them investment and customer ready.   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. 

  • 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 supports the commercialization of Ontario-based academic IP by awarding $50,000 a year for two years to a master's, PhD or post-doctoral fellow, graduate student or recent graduate within the last three years to turn their innovation based on science, technology or advanced engineering design into a viable business.
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Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP)

VIP helps established companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario's industry and academia.   Learn More >


AdvancingHealth bolsters innovation in Ontario’s healthcare sector by supporting collaborative demonstration projects between companies, public healthcare organizations and academic institutions that show clear potential for scaling-up to the system-level and establish a strong case for adoption.   Learn More >

Explore Program

Explore supports unconventional and highly innovative research projects with the potential to strongly impact the drug discovery process.   Learn More >

Popular Partner Programs for Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

You may also wish to find out about other partner programs for entrepreneurs and start-ups.