SmartStart Seed Fund

About SmartStart

If you’re an entrepreneur between 18-29 years old, a student or a recent graduate participating in a Campus-Linked Accelerator program or on-campus entrepreneurship activities, you can get up to $35,000 to launch and grow your technology or innovation-based business.  This program is called SmartStart Seed Fund.


How It Works

SmartStart Seed Fund delivered through Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Through the program, you can get:

  • up to $30,000 in early-stage funding to help you launch and grow your business, providing you get 1:1 matching funds from at least 1 other source
  • up to $5,000 in financing, with no matching funds required, to apply towards business skills training and support services (e.g., workshops and seminars, peer networks, mentoring and other entrepreneurship learning opportunities)
  • access to regional business and investment networks and resources