In an increasingly globalized world, the economic success of a city, a region or an entire country depends increasingly on it’s ability to attract the best and brightest from around the world. With that in mind, three very passionate entrepreneurs – Boris Wertz, Danny Robinson and Maura Rodgers launched the Startup Visa Initiative in 2010 to garner support from other influential Canadians and encourage the government to create an alternate Startup Visa to attract talented immigrant entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs and investors across Canada were quick to jump on board to support the initiative and the Startup Visa team expanded to include Eric Brooke, Chris Arsenault, Mark McLeod, David Crow and Mike Edwards.

On April 1st, 2013 ~ the Canadian Government opened their doors to entrepreneurs from around the world with their office launch of a first-of-its-kind Startup Visa.

We are proud that our entire community of entrepreneurs, investors and government stepped up to make this program a reality.  We look forward to welcoming the world’s best to Canada.

For more information about the program, visit Canada Immigration & Citizenship’s Website.

8 comments on “About
  1. Sarah Wayland says:

    This section obviously needs to be updated as the visa has been launched. What will now be the objective of this website?

    Also, have any visas yet been granted, and to where? Is there a way to follow the progress of the program?

    • maurarodgers says:

      Thanks Sarah!

      The objective of the website is to help inform and educate entrepreneurs from around the world about starting and growing a business in Canada. We will be profiling investors, taking a look at various startup communities and answering questions to help immigrant entrepreneurs through this process.

      As for visas granted, I am not sure of any yet but I hope to get an update soon. This is the best place that I know of right now to follow the progress (or via twitter.com/startupvisaca). We will highlight various stories and updates each week.

  2. […] of Strutta and Mike Edwards, CEO of LX Ventures, hosted an in-depth information session on the Startup Visa Canada initiative, where they conducted a live question and answer period with angel investors, VC’s, and […]

  3. Nabil kikhia says:

    I am the founder of this business (www.saudiprotech.com ) in Saudi Arabia, do you think I am eligible to start-up program?

  4. Vlad says:

    Any news? Site is silent for a long time.

    • maurarodgers says:

      Hi Vlad,

      As entrepreneurs ourselves, we have all been focused on our company projects. There are few people that I know of who are going through the process. We will have more updates soon.


  5. Chris says:

    Hi! I was just curious if there were any updates on this… a lot of information on the web, but it stops around Novemeber 2013… at which time growlab had made a lot of buzz about the three companies they had ‘nominated’ and a government minister saying they were in the final stages of approving their first candidates…
    I wonder if those three highly publicized companies got their visas? Or are still in the process?
    It seemed too good to be true when announced and as an entrepreneur in Asia with Singapore and Hong Kong welcoming new companies, i am wondering if it would make sense to start the process with Canada. Or has the government had a rethink on how to go about this?
    Thanks for putting the site up!

    • maurarodgers says:

      Hi Chris,

      Apologies for the delay. It’s hard to get a lot of information from the government on #’s. I have heard that the companies through Growlab were in process but not sure if they got their visas yet. Hopefully, there will be an update soon.

      If you want to come to Canada to start and grow your business, this is still a great way to do it. But you have to follow the proper channels. Getting investment and/or being selected to an approved accelerator is not easy for any entrepreneur. This program is not about getting huge #’s of people. It’s about finding and investing in the right entrepreneurs around the world and providing them with the opportunity to startup in Canada.

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