Resident Company Program

Our Resident Company Program is a 6-month program, accepting applications on an ongoing basis. It is non-sector specific, and accepts companies from the tech, wellness, food, apparel, and social enterprise sectors (and so much more!).

Our companies have access to resources such as in-kind office hours support with many of our sponsors and community partners, access to in-house specialists, free access to in-person and online events, networking and exposure in our online Slack community, 24/7 access to workspace, and much more! 

Accelerator Program.

In our Accelerator Program, you’ll learn how to build your business alongside a small group of other growth-oriented tech startups, in a period of 10-12 weeks.

Our program has been held both in-person and online, and includes weekly sessions where you will receive expert training and feedback, a series of challenges business-building assignments, office hours, group meetings, and partner discounts to help you make progress each week. The program focuses on sales, marketing, lead generation, HR, and much more!

Program Offerings

Startup Services
Growth Coaching

Growth Coaching

Our Growth Coach Pat Sebastien is available to all of our members at no additional cost. Pat is here to meet with you to discuss your goals for your business, help with accountability, and direct you to other In-House Specialists where needed.

Legal Support

Legal Support

The Startup Zone offers half hour time slots with the law firms Carr, Stevenson, & MacKay (CSM) as well as McInnes Cooper for no additional cost. These time slots can be booked to ask your legal questions and provide you with support on popular topics like: incorporation, client and vendor contracts, shareholder agreements and much much more!

Accounting Support

Accounting Support

The Startup Zone offers half hour time slots with the accounting firm BDO for no additional cost. These time slots can be booked to ask your accounting questions and provide you with support on popular topics like: basic bookkeeping, business taxes, cash flow, and much much more!

Risk Management

Risk Management

Educational Tools
Community Access

Community Access

Want to keep your finger on the pulse of all things Startup Zone? Do you want to have a forum to ask over 300 other entrepreneurs your business questions and grow your network? Interested in learning about amazing resources across the country? We thought so! Make sure to join our Slack community right away!

Worskshops and Events

Worskshops and Events

The Startup Zone offers hundreds of workshops and events throughout the year on just about any topic you can imagine! We have migrated our events to webinar format (on the platform Zoom) due to the changing climate. As such, you can access Startup Zone events from wherever you at your convenience. As a Resident Company, you have free access to all Startup Zone hosted events and workshops. Please enjoy and take the time to learn!

Data Reports

Data Reports

MI services are provided as a complement to startups’ own research efforts and due diligence. The value of MaRS’ services lies in brokering free access to proprietary database reports and statistics, which are beyond the reach for most startups. Startups also gain access to 11 industry analysts, research analysts, and information specialists with a broad skill set to help them find relevant information. In the case where MI is not able to provide relevant reports through the licensed content, MI will find the best available information from publicly available sources that clients may have overlooked.

Propel ICT Programming

Propel ICT Programming

Access a proven accelerator methodology customized to your technology startup – one that has been validated with thousands of other startups around the world! Startup Zone provides Propel’s curriculum that you can use and go through.
Propel’s e-accelerator program based out of Atlantic Canada helps businesses realize their big ambitions. Set apart as one of the only 100% online accelerators of its kind, you’ll learn what it takes to launch and build a successful ICT company from where you live.

Office Infrastructure
Telecommunications

Telecommunications

Looking to get some discounts on all your telecommunication needs? The Startup Zone works close with Telus to help you get a great deal on your business phones, cloud services, internet connectivity, security solutions, and much more.

Office Space and Supplies

Office Space and Supplies

Looking for a space to work? Contact a Startup Zone staff member to discuss desk availability! The Startup Zone partners with Staples Business Advantage to bring you discounts on all your office and cleaning supplies needs! Explore their extensive catalog so see where you can save the most.

Printer and Photocopies

Printer and Photocopies

Have printing and copying needs? We hear you! We have an office-grade 3 in 1 printer that you can use at your convenience. The printer can also scan to email, a real lifesaver!

3D Printer

3D Printer

We are lucky to have a 3D Printer in our space, available for use by our companies. 

Financial Supports
Investment Supports

Investment Supports

Stefanie Corbett, Director of Operations at Island Capital Partners, works out of Startup Zone. Our companies are able to book an appointment with her to chat about a range of topics like cash flow planning, access to capital, raising funds, pitch decks, and more!

Government Programs

Government Programs

All Startup Zone companies have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Innovation PEI and ACOA (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) to discuss programming and funding opportunities that you may be eligible for. 

Loan Options

Loan Options

Two of our office hour supporters are available to meet with you on a biweekly basis to discuss loan options: Futurpreneur, and CBDC (Canadian Business Development Corporation). 

Wage Subsudies and Employment Options

Wage Subsudies and Employment Options

Startup Zone companies are provided with access to a variety of supports and resources to help them obtain wage subsidies, or to reach wider audiences in their employment opportunities. We have partnerships with Venture for Canada and ICTC who offer info sessions and first-hand information on their wage subsidy programs, as well as connections to students at Holland College and UPEI.

Expert Supports
Strategy

Strategy

We have a variety of in-house specialists and other local experts that serve as advisors to Startup Zone companies. Learn more about them here. 

Sales and Marketing

Sales and Marketing

We have a variety of in-house specialists and other local experts that serve as advisors to Startup Zone companies. Learn more about them here. 

Product & IT

Product & IT

We have a variety of in-house specialists and other local experts that serve as advisors to Startup Zone companies. Learn more about them here. 

 

Human Resources

Human Resources

We have a variety of in-house specialists and other local experts that serve as advisors to Startup Zone companies. Learn more about them here.