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StartUp Visa

StartUp Visa

The StartUp Visa program is offered in two stages to ensure we are preparing the businesses for success. The first program is Blueprint, an exclusive 6-week premium training and mentorship experience. This program is designed to empower early-stage global tech entrepreneurs with the opportunity to validate their startup concepts and translate them into viable businesses in the Canadian Market and beyond.

The second program is Launchpad, a year-long bespoke coaching and mentorship experience. This program is designed to provide strategic advice while ensuring progress is achieved on a consistent basis through tactical learning and executional approaches.

What to expect

By participating in the program, founders will unlock a comprehensive package of benefits, including interactive online workshops, personalized guidance from seasoned mentors, a collaborative community of peers, and a wealth of startup resources. Our goal is to guide you on the path to establishing a thriving business in Canada, making your entrepreneurial journey a success from concept to reality.

The program will help refine and validate your concept through interactive virtual training and curated mentorship. You will engage with industry experts to gain foundational knowledge in building and growing a technology startup and join a network of like-minded individuals to discuss business challenges in a peer-to-peer format. Complete the Blueprint program and join the Launchpad Program to get your Letter of Support.

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Community

Upon completion of the 6-week cohort, select companies may have the opportunity to join the YSpace Launchpad Program which is a year long for continued growth through our support system.

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Landing in Canada

Get access to work and live in Canada as Canadian entrepreneurs or Tech Professionals.

Letters of Support to apply for work permits and permanent residency are provided to founders in the Launchpad Program. Founders must successfully complete the Blueprint Program before applying to Launchpad.

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Growth frameworks

Gain practical knowledge on customer development and go-to-market strategies to launch your product. See how other great startups in Canada did it.

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Milestone driven

Actively work with peers and quality mentors toward the launch of your venture. Our programs are goal-driven, using proven frameworks that put founders in the driver seat while we help them reach their end destination.

Timeline

Blueprint (Stage 1) Applications

Fall Cohort Applications Launch in August.
Programming runs between October to December

Winter Cohort Applications Launch in November
Programming runs between January to March

Spring Cohort Applications Launch in February
Programming runs between April to June

Summer Cohort Applications Launch in May
Programming runs between July to August

Launchpad (Stage 2) Applications

Applications Open
This program has an open intake throughout the year via invitation only.

Applications Close
Selected ventures have a maximum of one year to complete the program.

Application process

Step: One

Companies apply online for the Blueprint program via the application form linked below or via Partner Website F6S.com.

If you have any questions about the application process, email us at yspace@yorku.ca

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Step: Two

Applicants will be contacted by the YSpace management team to schedule a video call meeting.

An initial meeting will be set up to review the business as well as the current status of the company. This opportunity will also be used to understand the leadership team and concept viability better.

Step: Three

Selected companies will then be invited for a virtual pitch to the YSpace team followed by due diligence.

Pitch sessions take place on a rolling basis but intake happens on a quarterly basis. You’ll be notified within two weeks after the pitch of your application status.

Step: Four

Accepted companies will be invited to join the Blueprint cohort.

Cohort members will have access to curated programming and a variety of tailored resources which include a network of industry experts, startup perks, as well as peer founder circles to continue developing their venture.

Step: Five

Upon successful completion of the Blueprint program, select businesses will be invited to join the Launchpad program and build their startups in Canada.

Within the Launchpad program Founders can request their Letter of Support here and apply to IRCC for Permanent Residency, and Work Permits.


Ventures will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions about whether the program is right for you, email us at yspace@yorku.ca

Program eligibility

  • The Startup Visa program serves early-stage founders (up to a maximum of 5) going through validating the feasibility of the concept in the Canadian market.
  • A website and Minimum Viable Product are required for program acceptance. We will be asking for a demonstration of the product.
  • We are looking for founders with innovative tech concepts. Founders who are driven, coachable, and collaborative with a growth mindset.

Frequently asked

We are looking for early-stage Founders who are driven, coachable, and have a growth mindset that is looking to set up their business in Canada. The ideal company is likely still in ideation or early validation phases, with a goal to validate their market and launch an MVP in the next 3 months.

No, the program is sector-agnostic. All the resources and support are focused on technology-based ventures across all industries.

The program cost will be $30,000 total for up to 5 team members ($10,000 for Blueprint and $20,000 for Launchpad). We do not take any equity in the company!

The program is open to everyone in the community, as long as they are dedicated founders who are willing to put in the committed time to grow the venture.

The program runs quarterly (January to February, April to May, July to August, and September to November).

Founders must complete the Blueprint program with a required minimum pass score of 80 to graduate from Blueprint to the Launchpad program.

On a weekly basis, the venture should devote a minimum of 5 hours for workshops, mentorship sessions, and venture development in Blueprint. Founders are expected to be working on their business on a full-time basis in Launchpad.

There are four (4) key components within the program:

  • Weekly Peer-to-peer sessions
  • Hands-on workshops with leading industry experts
  • Office hours with a private network of subject matter experts.
  • A dedicated mentor guiding your entrepreneurial journey.

A maximum of 15-20 ventures will be chosen per cohort within Blueprint.

A maximum of 10 ventures will be chosen per cohort within Launchpad.

Apply

Applications for our Spring 2024 program are open. We accept applications on a rolling basis.
Please reach out to yspace@yorku.ca if you have any questions.

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For more information, please contact us at
yspace@yorku.ca
416-736-2100 ext. 44940