FedDev Ontario supports and collaborates with organizations that are dedicated to the success of entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in southern Ontario. With sector- and community-specific expertise and resources that open opportunities for new and existing businesses, these partners are key proponents of the southern Ontario innovation ecosystem.
The following organizations and programs may offer funding, support or services like training, mentorship, networking, acceleration, workspaces and advice to help your southern Ontario business start, grow, innovate and succeed.
Aboriginal Impact Capital: Provides mid-market Indigenous small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on and off reserve, with financing to scale their businesses.
Bioenterprise: Provides SMEs in the food and agri-technology sectors access to acceleration financing to support scale-up and expansion projects.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada: Provides support, services and investments to developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies.
CANHealth Network: Partners Canada's leading health care institutions with technology companies to create advanced solutions for real health care environments.
Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL): Led by the Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities Office to provide programs, funding and platforms to accelerate circular businesses and concepts in the food and environment sectors.
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters - Technology Assessment Program: Connects businesses with technology experts to provide assessments and advice on technologies that would improve their operations and productivity.
Elevate Talent: Matches members of underrepresented communities in the GTHA with employment opportunities in the tech sector.
i.d.e.a. Fund: Lead by Innovation Guelph in partnership with five southwestern Ontario Regional Innovation Centres (RICs) to provide Canadian green and clean tech companies with access to capital and mentoring to commercialize innovative technologies.
LatAM Startups: A business support network helping international startups in the technology sector incorporate, do business and create jobs in southern Ontario.
MaRS, Communitech and Invest Ottawa Scale-Up Platform: Provides coordinated programs, strategic advisory services and connections to sector-specific networks to scaling firms that catalyze their access to markets, capital and talent.
My Main Street: Provides funding for businesses and communities to recover and revitalize main streets across southern Ontario. It is delivered by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) and the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI).
Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization: Orchestrates collaborative partnerships with multiple stakeholders to foster innovators of new and innovative Canadian technologies in human health sciences. Supported programs include: Capital Access Advisory Program (CAAP®), Early Adopter Health Network (EAHN™) and Women in Health Initiative (WiHI).
Ryerson Cybersecure Catalyst: Provides training, certification, commercial acceleration and other support to businesses to tackle the challenges and leverage the opportunities in cybersecurity.
Southwestern Ontario Health Innovation Partnership (SOHIP): The University of Waterloo is leading the development of this health tech innovation cluster, providing access to an integrated suite of services and regional partners to support early-stage and scaling companies in southwestern Ontario.
Southern Ontario Pharmaceutical and Health Innovation Ecosystem (SOPHIE): Connecting businesses, institutions and academia through a full-service innovation hub to solve real-world issues impacting healthcare in Canada and abroad.
Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI): Provides a network of support to assist SMEs to develop and integrate highly innovative technologies and turn innovations into commercialized products.
Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP): Brings together industrial partners and academic researchers and provides them with sophisticated advanced computing technologies and expertise to solve social, technical and business challenges across sectors and drive economic growth.
Southern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations: Provides support, financing and assistance with strategic planning for rural Ontario entrepreneurs seeking to start, grow, finance and market their businesses.
Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation: Provides interest-bearing business loans to support innovation and growth in small- and medium-sized enterprises across the region. It is delivered by the Community Futures Western Ontario and Community Futures Eastern Ontario .
Toronto Innovation Acceleration Partners (TIAP): Supports venture building and growth of early-stage health science technologies.
Toronto Regional Board of Trade – Trade Accelerator Program (TAP): Accelerates the strategic development of businesses and to prepare businesses for expansion into international markets.
ventureLab – Hardware Catalyst Initiative: Provides support to companies developing solutions in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, and other innovative technologies to scale their businesses in southern Ontario and compete globally.
YWCA Hamilton’s Uplift Program: Supports women and underrepresented groups by re-skilling/upskilling and transitioning women into high-skill jobs in sectors traditionally underrepresented by women, particularly advanced manufacturing and specialized tech fields.