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The Ottawa region has a strong history of entrepreneurship, in large part by its renowned post-secondary institutions that actively promote and invest in enhanced entrepreneurial support to promote start-up success in Ottawa.
Building on activities at their own institutions, the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and Algonquin College in partnership with the Ontario Centres of Excellence and Invest Ottawa deliver outreach, training, education, mentorship, acceleration and incubation to institution-based, student driven and community based start-ups through a variety of programs:
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
StartUp Garage, an initiative of the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network, fosters and provides support to student entrepreneurs in the Ottawa area. The program offers student-lead ventures the opportunity to accelerate their business by working full time over the course of three months during the summer. StartUp Garage provides each participant company with financing, space, mentorship, and support. Now in it’s fifth year, the program is delivered through the support of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Gowlings, and Logan Katz and in partnership with Carleton University, Algonquin College, and Invest Ottawa.
The University of Ottawa Entrepreneurship Hub provides the resources, programs, and networks that can support students at any point in their entrepreneurial journey. The Entrepreneurship Hub is all about opening a world of opportunities for students whether they are just starting to dream about launching their own business, pursuing the application of an idea, or motivated to acquire entrepreneurial skills.
Makerspace is located at the Faculty of Engineering. This is a collaborative space where people can come together to invent, play, design and build. The use of the space is free to students and staff of the University of Ottawa as well as anyone who wishes to share or gain knowledge and resources. Membership is free, but requires training to ensure safety for you and others. Training is offered through various workshops to introduce you to all the available equipment such as 3D printers, CNC Mills, Arduinos and many more.
Carleton Entrepreneurs is a unique program that provides mentorship and feedback to help student entrepreneurs who are working on innovative projects across all faculties. Experienced mentors and reviewers help students transform their ideas into compelling business opportunities and successful ventures. The program also provides students that present compelling opportunities a chance to connect with potential investors, Carleton University alumni, and friends of Carleton University.
Technology Innovation Management Program
The Technology Innovation Management (TIM) program is a unique Master's program for aspiring entrepreneurs who are serious about creating wealth at the early stages of company or opportunity life cycles. To achieve this, the academic program focuses on teaching the theory and practice that support the launch and growth of technology companies and of growth seeking initiatives within existing companies. TIM has broad appeal and provides benefits to founders of new companies, people seeking more senior leadership roles within established companies, and talented professionals building credentials and expertise for their next move.
Lead To Win
Lead to Win is an award winning business development program with the objective to establish and grow businesses in the National Capital Region. Initially, the program was founded to develop technology based business, but over time the program has grown to encompass all growth-oriented businesses. The goal? Each business is to generate a minimum of six jobs in three weeks!
Applied Research & Innovation Office
The Applied Research & Innovation Office supports youth and other entrepreneurs in user interface design, ICT, photonics, market research, health and wellness, construction, manufacturing, biotech, and rural development for over a decade.
SUMMIT provides student entrepreneurs with hands-on experience developing their business plan, guidance from veteran entrepreneurs, a network for learning and support and funding to take ideas from the planning stage to a market ready company or product. This three-month summer intensive program consists of 9 weeks of workshops given by industry professionals and faculty PLUS guidance and advice from mentors over several additional weeks. In addition, participants are eligible to receive $5000 in funding to support their business development!