About Runway

The Runway Accelerator is a support program delivered by Innovation Factory to immigrant entrepreneurs applying to Canada’s Start-up Visa Program. Are you thinking of moving your business to Canada?

Canada's Start-up Visa Program

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program offers Canadian Permanent Residence to immigrant entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build a business in Canada. The program targets companies that are innovative, can create jobs for Canadians, and can compete on a global scale. If you have an innovative business, you may be able to immigrate to Canada.

To be eligible for the Start-up Visa Program, you must:

  • Have a qualifying business
  • Get a letter of support from a designated organization
  • Meet the language requirements
  • Bring enough money to settle

What is Innovation Factory's role?

Innovation Factory (iF) is a business accelerator located in Hamilton, Ontario. We provide innovative companies with expert advise and mentorship, training and workshops, and connections to resources, funding, and partners. Our services help companies bring disruptive technologies to market, leverage intellectual property, increase revenue, attract investment, and create jobs.

Innovation Factory is recognised as a designated organization that is approved to support start-ups through the Start-up Visa Program. We review submitted proposals and assess whether the business has the potential to succeed. If we choose to support the business, we will issue a Letter of Support.

iF's Runway Accelerator

The Runway Accelerator is a six-month comprehensive program that aims to assess, select, and support start-ups 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.

Priority sectors

We currently prioritize applications from companies in the life sciences and smart transportation sectors. That said, we are always excited to hear from businesses commercializing extraordinary innovations. If this sounds like your company, we encourage you to apply to our Runway Accelerator.

Life Sciences & Advanced Health
Smart, Sustainable Transportation
Extraordinary Innovations

Our Executive Advisors

Companies participating in the Runway Accelerator are paired with one of our highly-skilled and experienced Executive Advisors to assist them with their business goals. For the duration of the engagement, your advisor will provide your team with executive mentorship, industry knowledge, and insight into business in Canadian markets. Our team will match your business to an advisor with the relevant background to meet your needs.

Randy Stackaruk
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Oren Chervinsky
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Gail Martin
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Thomas Moffatt
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Nima Khadem Mohtaram
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Neha Bahl
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