From idea to expansion, helping your company grow and build wealth.
Business Seminars and Workshops
Experienced professionals and entrepreneurs offer their lessons and advice to aspiring business owners on topics such as business planning, e-business, market research, and more. Most of these seminars and workshops are free and open to the public.
Starting a Business Basics
Invest Ottawa provides several resources for entrepreneurs looking to start their own business, ranging from FAQs, an accelerator program, business workshops and seminars, and one-on-one meetings with experienced mentors.
Mentorship & Business Advice
Invest Ottawa has the experts and business advisors to help companies get started. Mentors work with a company from inception to the first rounds of investment and beyond. This includes a service plan for all portfolio clients.
Market Analysis & Intelligence
Invest Ottawa provides information and data on industries, competitors, trends and more. Analysts work with companies to identify the market information they need and provide a customized research package specific to a company’s goals.
Invest Ottawa’s business accelerator GrindSpaceXL is a merit-based program focused on ensuring investor readiness. Companies are matched to a mentor and remain within the Invest Ottawa Business Accelerator for six months to a year. The outcome is successful growth through financing or market entry.
Financing & Funding Guidance
Invest Ottawa regularly works with regional, provincial, national and international investors. When a business is investment-ready, Invest Ottawa will connect you to their network through preferred introductions.
International Business Expansion
Invest Ottawa’s business development managers work with Canadian trade commissioners abroad to identify the kinds of business opportunities a company needs to succeed internationally.
Promoting Ottawa’s diverse economy and growth industries
Canada’s largest concentration of clean energy researchers & companies, whose breakout technologies are providing competitive & environmentally responsible solutions.
Aerospace, Security & Defense
Ottawa has become a leader in the development of innovative aerospace and defence-related applications.
Ottawa’s digital media sector exudes creativity and innovation and is supported by an impressive advanced education and research infrastructure.
Ottawa’s life sciences community: world-class research, skillful management, increased capital investment and a growing list of new companies.
TV & Film
Ottawa boasts skilled crews and top-flight production companies, plus federal and provincial incentives can offer significant savings for productions.
Wireless & Telecom
Ottawa: The Complete Wireless Telecommunications Ecosystem. Firms that own 74% of the global optical telecom market have a presence in Ottawa.
A magnet for new people and ideas, Ottawa boasts the highest concentration of research scientists and engineers in Canada.