North American Opportunities for International Companies

About the program

Breaking into North American markets calls for deep market knowledge, skilled talent, and a robust support system to assist you in your journey to Canada.

Canada Catalyst is a specialized program for international companies in the hardware and enterprise technology sectors, with a specific focus on DeepTech. By leveraging ventureLAB’s personalized business advisory services, access to exceptional talent from renowned Canadian institutions, an experienced support network, and extensive market expertise, Canada Catalyst serves as a springboard for international companies to enter the Canadian market and beyond.

Land

Connect

Grow

BENEFITSOF The program

LAND

Supporting companies with comprehensive business resources and tools to assist in establishing your presence and operations in Canada. Access to world-class prototype and testing hardware lab and ventureLAB's Innovation Space.

CONNECT

With our strong associations with various academic institutions, we are uniquely positioned to facilitate introductions and assist you in fulfilling your talent acquisition requirements. Our vast network of partners and investors offers unparalleled opportunities for collaboration, funding, and market expansion.

GROW

Personalized one-on-one business advisory services and Intellectual Property (IP) strategy, to navigate the Canadian business landscape effectively and foster your growth.

BENEFITSOF The program

LAND

Supporting companies with comprehensive business resources and tools to assist in establishing your presence and operations in Canada. Access to world-class prototype and testing hardware lab and ventureLAB's Innovation Space.

CONNECT

With our strong associations with various academic institutions, we are uniquely positioned to facilitate introductions and assist you in fulfilling your talent acquisition requirements. Our vast network of partners and investors offers unparalleled opportunities for collaboration, funding, and market expansion.

GROW

Personalized one-on-one business advisory services and Intellectual Property (IP) strategy, to navigate the Canadian business landscape effectively and foster your growth.
$11M
Prototype & Testing Labs
50,000
Sq. Ft. Innovation Space
4,000+
Companies Supported
6,800+
Jobs Created by our Companies
$420M+
Invested in our Companies

Canada Catalyst SOFT LANDING

The Soft Landing track offers a swift entry and expansion strategy that simplifies market entry for companies aiming to establish themselves in the Canadian market.

Duration: 3 months (hybrid format)

Fees: $15,000 CAD

For up to 2 founders or leadership team members
  • Specialized Program: Tailored for international hardware and enterprise software growth stage tech companies
  • Three-Month Duration: A rapid entry and expansion approach
  • Market Expertise: Leveraging extensive knowledge of the Canadian market
  • Top Talent Pool: Tap into exceptional talent from leading Canadian institutions
  • Support Network: A huge support network of partners, advisors, and mentors
  • An innovate scaling technology company developing hardware or enterprise software solutions with a focus on DeepTech
  • A working product with paying clients to showcase market traction in the home country
  • Earned at least $150K CAD in revenue in the last 12 months
  • If not already incorporated in Ontario, have plans to establish a long-term presence in Southern Ontario

Canada Catalyst START-UP VISA

The Start-Up Visa track is designed to assist innovative international companies looking to establish a presence, expand, and recruit talent in Canada.

Duration:
6 months

Fees: $30,000 CAD

For up to 5 founders
  • Support for innovative international companies with the intent to incorporate, scale, and hire talent in Canada
  • Six-Month Duration for a rapid growth approach
  • Market Expertise: Leveraging extensive knowledge of the Canadian market
  • Top Talent Pool: Tap into exceptional talent from leading Canadian institutions
  • Support Network: A huge support network of partners, advisors, and mentors
  • An innovative technology company developing hardware or enterprise software solutions with a focus on DeepTech
  • Meets the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requirements
  • Have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and proof of concept with product/ service tested in the home market
  • Earned at least $100K CAD in revenue in the last 12 months
  • If not already incorporated, plan to incorporate and operate the business from Canada and transfer the IP ownership to Canadian corporate

Learn more about Canada Catalyst

Learn more about Canada Catalyst

Process Steps

01
APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Submit your application to begin the process.

02
APPLICATION SCREENING

Upon filling out the application form, the team screens through the application form to assess the eligibility.

03
REVIEW PANEL

Eligible companies are invited to a review panel to understand the business in greater detail, including expansion into the Canadian market.

04
DUE DILIGENCE

Companies proceeding forward will be requested to provide necessary documentation for the purpose of due diligence.

05
PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE

Upon selection, companies will receive the program agreement and will be prompted to submit the applicable fees.

06
LETTER OF SUPPORT
(START-UP VISA ONLY)

Companies selected for the start-up visa program will be provided with a Letter of Support in 6-8 weeks, after successful completion of the trial/ probationary period

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Application Process

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

Submit your application to begin the process.

APPLICATION SCREENING

Upon filling out the application form, the team screens through the application form to assess the eligibility.

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REVIEW PANEL

Eligible companies are invited to a review panel to understand the business in greater detail, including expansion into the Canadian market.

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DUE DILIGENCE

Companies proceeding forward will be requested to provide necessary documentation for the purpose of due diligence.

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PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE

Upon selection, companies will receive the program agreement and will be prompted to submit the applicable fees. After the agreement is finalized, an official letter will be issued. The soft landing track will include a confirmation letter, while the start-up visa track will provide a letter of support.

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LETTER OF SUPPORT (Start-Up Visa Only)

Companies selected for the start-up visa program will be provided with a Letter of Support in 6-8 weeks, after successful completion of the Growth Plan for Canada.

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Canada Catalyst Companies

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Partnershipwith York Region

ventureLAB™, in partnership with York Region, have launched Canada Catalyst's Soft Landing Program to ensure that international companies are enabled to go global by growing and scaling in one of the fastest growing Canadian tech ecosystems.

York Region is Canada’s second-largest tech hub, home to a mosaic of cultures where 50% of residents are foreign-born; providing a diverse and skilled workforce for your business to tap into. It is home to Canada’s most ethnically diverse community with more than 180 different spoken languages in the Greater Toronto Area. 

Learn more about Ontario’s York Region by clicking here.  

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About
venturelab™

Powering hardtech founders to build and scale globally competitive ventures that advance Canada's knowledge-based economy.

ventureLAB™ is a leading global founder community for hardware technology and enterprise software companies in Canada. Located at the heart of Ontario’s innovation corridor in York Region, ventureLAB is part of one of the biggest and most diverse tech communities in Canada. Our initiatives focused on raising capital, talent retention, commercializing technology and IP, and customer acquisition have enabled thousands of companies to create over 5,000 jobs and raise more than $420 million in investment capital.

ventureLAB™ is a leading global founder community for hardware technology and enterprise software companies in Canada. Located at the heart of Ontario’s innovation corridor in York Region, ventureLAB is part of one of the biggest and most diverse tech communities in Canada. Our initiatives focused on raising capital, talent retention, commercializing technology and IP, and customer acquisition have enabled thousands of companies to create over 5,000 jobs and raise more than $340 million in investment capital. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada, for global markets.

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