Starter Company Plus

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If you’re starting, expanding or buying a small business, apply for training, mentoring and a grant through Starter Company Plus. You can also apply for a grant of up to $5,000!

Application Deadline: September 18th, 2018

Next Program Intake:  October 2nd, 2018

Program Details

Through Starter Company Plus, you will:

  • Participate in five (5) business workshops
  • Build a comprehensive Business Plan
  • Create a network of small business peers by participating in our weekly hub meetups
  • Meet one-on-one with a small business advisor to get advice and guidance
  • Get access to 20 weeks of coaching, as well as access to all business centre resources
  • Learn from business mentors and industry insiders
  • Get pitch training and support
  • Qualify to pitch for a grant up to $5,000

Program Eligibility

You can apply if you're:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • an Ontario resident and Canadian citizen (or permanent resident)
  • not attending school full-time or returning to school

Additionally, your business or idea will need to meet the following program requirements:

  • Meet with a Business Advisor before submitting an application to the program;
  • Have an existing business or start an approved business within 10 weeks of enrolling in the program;
  • Commit to attending 5 business workshops;
  • Complete a business plan and financial plan within 8 weeks of program start.

In order to pitch for up to $5,000 grant, your business must:

  • Submit a completed business plan approved by BCGW
  • Provide a completed pitch document
  • Complete a “pitch camp” exercise
  • On Pitch Night:
    • Prepare and present a 2-3 minute pitch
    • Participate in Q&A session on Pitch Night

Other Criteria

  1. Your business concept must transition to a full-time enterprise.
  2. Your business must be operational/launched at time of pitch and have proven sales.
  3. You can pitch up to two (2) times within a span of six (6) months, or two (2) pitch sessions, whichever comes first.
  4. Contribute a minimum of $1,250 (cash or in-kind) to the business operations.
  5. A pitch committee will determine the winner the same day as the pitch presentations.

Get Started!

To get started with the application process, please call our office at 519-826-4701 to book a preliminary consult with one of our Business Advisors.

For clarification and/or more information, contact Jeanette.