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 – October 2014

Posted by Bruce Lazenby

This report is less about what is happening at Invest Ottawa and more about what is happening in the community that we support.

There is a LOT of good things happening.

Here are some key highlights from the past three months alone:

New Accelerator Launched Focusing on Enterprise Software Startups
Invest Ottawa has partnered with Wesley Clover to launch L-Spark, an incubator and accelerator focused on the enterprise software market. L-Spark will provide entrepreneurs and startups with access to industry mentors, sector-focused venture capital firms and angel investors to create a deal flow of fundable enterprise startup companies and support an enterprise-focused startup ecosystem in Canada’s capital region.



Workshop attendees through Q3 of 2014


Advisory hours provided through Q3 of 2014


Companies helped to grow globally through Q3 of 2014


"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