Get help to grow your business
Getting the right advice early in your business development can save you time, money and ensure you are not wasting your effort. Invest Ottawa has a range of mentorship services designed to help you avoid common pitfalls. Mentorship and business advice may be general or specific depending on your company’s needs and requirements. All our mentors and advisors are pre-qualified and are assigned to work with your company’s management team based on an appropriate match of skills and fit between the mentor and your team. Most of our mentors have started and grown successful global companies across several knowledge-based industries, raising significant funds from angel and venture capital investors. They have additional expertise in other areas like partnership development, mergers, acquisitions, and initial public offerings.
From an idea to global expansion, Invest Ottawa has the experts, knowledge and business advisors for you.
Our goal is to work closely with your company, from inception to your first meaningful rounds of investment and beyond. We use a proven lifecycle approach that includes a service plan for all portfolio clients.
How can mentoring help you and your business?
- Avoid the mistakes most commonly made by businesses in their early years. Learn from others’ mistakes and successes. A mentor’s role is to share with you lessons from their own experience so that you can benefit without having to learn from painful trial and error.
- Stay focused on what is most important for your growing business. Mentors assist you in identifying what steps will have the greatest positive impact on your business, and help prioritize an action plan.
- Mentors provide a sounding board. When you’re the sole owner of a business, often there’s no one to turn to for advice or direction. You’re on your own. Everybody needs a good reliable sounding board, a second opinion, and someone who offers positive support.
- Expand your knowledge network. Your mentor, being an experienced businessperson, is likely to have an extensive network, and can offer you access to other senior decision-makers.
We also work with other regional centres including MaRS, Communitech, and Launch Lab, as part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Our regional alliance include Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), combined with various other community-based initiatives. Our federal partners include National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) and other funding bodies that ensure a strong capital base for your company.
To get started with mentoring from Invest Ottawa, please fill out our Request for Advisory Services form.
Manager Entrepreneurship Services
(613) 828-6274 ext. 208
Manager of Business Acceleration Services (acting)
(613) 828-6274 ext. 233
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Advisory hours provided through Q3 of 2013
Consultations and inquiries through Q3 in 2013
Attendees to our seminars through Q3 of 2013.