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

Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP)

MSc PoP helps commercialize promising life sciences and medical technology intellectual property (IP) developed at Ontario publicly funded academic research institutions (universities, colleges and research hospitals). Learn More >

Ontario Social Impact Voucher (OSIV)

OSIV supports capacity building and growth of Ontario's social entrepreneurs and enterprises by providing access to relevant training programs.    Learn More >

China Angels Mentorship Program (CAMP)

An initiative of Ontario Centres of Excellence and the China Canada Angels Alliance (CCAA), CAMP is a virtual incubator designed to help start-ups prepare their businesses for the Chinese market.    Learn More >

GlobalStart Voucher

The GlobalStart Voucher Pilot Program is a nomination-based voucher program. It supports youth-led start-ups engaged with CLAs/OCEAs and RICs across Ontario that are targeting a market outside of Canada.     Learn More >

Popular Partner Programs for Entrepreneurs & Start-ups

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