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 – July 2014

Posted by Bruce Lazenby

It’s been another busy few months for Invest Ottawa.

We are excited to be one of the tenants in the new Ottawa Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards which took another significant step forward when City Council approved the renovation project. Council approval means that the renovation to the 65 year-old public works building can begin this year with completion scheduled for mid-2016. We can hardly wait because we are FULL at our current location at 80 Aberdeen. Currently over 40 companies and 200 entrepreneurs call this location “home” – and we have the empty pizza boxes to prove it.

In partnership with the C100, out of California, we held another successful AccelerateOTT event with more than 320 participants on hand to be inspired by thought leaders like Luc Levesque, Vivek Wadwha, and Allen Lau, challenged by Roger Chabra and Jevon MacDonald and informed by Brandon Reti, Tom Emerich and Mladen Barbaric. Challenge + inspire + inform = mission accomplished.



Workshop attendees through Q2 of 2014


Advisory hours provided through Q2 of 2014


Companies helped to grow globally through Q2 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