Invest Ottawa’s mission is to make Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a business.

Invest Ottawa delivers collaborative economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region while marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life.

Invest Ottawa carries out economic development programs and initiatives in the areas of entrepreneurial mentorship, startup development, business incubation services, commercialization, targeted sector development, investment attraction, business retention, expansion, and global trade development.



President’s Report – February 2014

Posted by Bruce Lazenby

It’s time once again to share our quarterly results with the community. For those of you who know Invest Ottawa well, you know that 2012 was a year of transformation – new brand, new organization structure and new senior management team. It was a year focused on putting the foundation in place upon which we could build. 2013, on the other hand, was about results – facilitating jobs, attracting investment to the city and working with companies to get them investor-ready.

We’ve been reporting our progress each quarter so it should come as no surprise that we reached and exceeded our annual targets. As we went through our annual planning process for 2014, we knew we had to reset the bar high and aim even higher. We’ve set ambitious targets but the team here is ready for our own version of “own the podium”.



Workshop attendees through Q4 of 2013


Advisory hours provided through Q4 of 2013


Companies helped to grow globally through Q4 of 2013


"As a young company navigating an emerging space, it’s essential to have the components necessary to develop both the business and the product. Working with Invest Ottawa has provided insight and experience as we conceptualized the evolution of our business model and connected us with resources needed to execute. The blend of high level strategy with actionable take-aways is rare and valuable."

− Hana Abaza, Founder and CEO, Wedding Republic