Bring your business to Canada

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program offers Permanent Residence to immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build a business in Canada. Our Runway Accelerator program aims to assess, select, and support up to 10 start-ups per year as they work through the Start-up Visa Program. Companies accepted into this program receive customized services and resources that help them set their business up for success in Canada, along with a Letter of Support.

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Applicants will have until September 2nd, 2024 to apply for the Runway Program in 2024.

Dedicated resources

Gain access to mentorship and resources through a designated Expert Advisor and Innovation Advisor.

Grow your network

Leverage our connections in the innovation community as well as our ecosystem of partners.

Letter of Support

Innovation Factory issues a Letter of Support to high-potential companies that are accepted into the Accelerator.

We're here to help!

We understand that you have a business to run. We’re here to help your business succeed in Canada – not take you to school. Companies accepted into the Runway Accelerator program work with our team to build a plan that works for your schedule.

"We were extremely happy and satisfied with the process and enjoyed a lot during this journey. We have gained good business and marketing insights, and learned from the material delivered through Academy at Innovation Factory."
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Program features

The Runway Accelerator offers high-potential companies support throughout the Start-up Visa Program as well as access to specialized services and resources.

  • Access to expert advisors for coaching and mentoring
  • Innovation Advisor to assist in navigating our resources
  • Virtual webinars and workshops
  • Partner introductions and ecosystem opportunities

Innovation Factory's

Runway Accelerator

Innovation Factory is a non-profit Regional Innovation Centre funded by the Government of Ontario to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs succeed globally and create high quality job opportunities in our province. The fees associated with the Runway Accelerator are used to secure the services and resources for the participating company and set their business up for success in Canada.

Program fee


Program duration

12 Months

Your destination

Hamilton/Halton, Ontario