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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Startup Acceleration

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.

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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.

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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.

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International Investment Attraction

Invest Ottawa helps companies make a ‘soft landing’. Services include choosing the right site for a business, navigating the set-up process and getting companies connected to business resources, government agencies and industry associations.

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