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 2015

Posted by Bruce Lazenby

From the start, it has been our practice at Invest Ottawa to focus our activities around a theme. In 2012 that theme was “transformation”, in 2013 it was “results” and in 2014 our theme was “collaboration”.

In just the last six months or so, we have been fortunate to participate in a number of collaborative proposals and projects that promise to enhance Ottawa’s innovation ecosystem in a significant way.



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