Startup Visa Program
The Start-up Visa is designed to draw international entrepreneurs who, as part of Canada's innovation revolution, wish to develop modern, scalable companies.
The Start-up Visa Program in Canada invites international entrepreneurs with the expertise and ability to create successful Start-ups in Canada that can generate jobs and compete on a global scale.
We partner with CIAI
CIAI (Canadian International Angel Investors) is a designated Government of Canada Start-up Visa organization and a member of NACO, the National Angel Capital Organization.
provided to Canadian companies
Who can apply?
To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:
A qualifying business means you created a business that meets the following conditions:
At the time of obtaining a commitment from us;
Every candidate owns 10% or more of the equity rights attached to all the company’s shares outstanding at that time (up to 5 people can apply as owners).
Applicants and the designated organization jointly hold more than 50% of the total voting rights attached to all shares of the corporation outstanding at that time.
At the time you receive your permanent residence:
While your application for permanent residence is being processed, you can apply for a temporary work permit to get to Canada and start building your business.
A pitch typically includes:
Preparing a pitch is one of the most important parts of raising funds for your Start-up. You must be able to capitalize on the opportunity of presenting your idea in front of real investors. VDI helps you in preparing the pitch for your business and works with you on its delivery and viability.
Failure to do so results in rejection of your Start-up Visa application.