List of designated organizations – start up visa

To apply for the Start-up Visa Program, your business idea or venture must get the support of one or more of the designated organizations listed below:

Designated organizations are business groups that are approved to invest in or support possible start-ups through the Start-up Visa Program.

Organizations choose which business proposals to review. Each organization has its own intake process for proposals and criteria used to assess them. For example, you may be asked to present your business concept in person or submit a detailed business plan.

If an organization decides to review your business idea, it’ll assess the potential of your proposal and whether or not it’ll succeed.

If an organization chooses to support your business idea, it’ll give you a Letter of Support.

Priority applications


We’re now prioritizing applications backed by

  • venture capital funds
  • angel investor groups
  • business incubators with committed capital
  • organizations in Canada’s Tech Network labelled Priority processing

Designated organizations

Venture capital funds

Priority processing

You must get at least one of these groups to agree to invest a minimum of $200,000:

Angel investor groups

Priority processing

You must get one or more investors connected to these groups to agree to invest a minimum of $75,000:

Business incubators

You must be accepted into one of these programs:


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