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To initiate a SmartStart Seed Fund application, please complete this short questionnaire. (* denotes required fields)


Only start-ups that are technology and innovation focused are eligible for funding through this program.The program does not support service based, or non-for-profit start-ups.

Prior to submitting your application it must be endorsed by a signing officer of the CLA, RIC, or OCEA.

Applicants must be a client of and actively engaged with a Campus Linked Accelerator (CLA), Regional Innovation Centre (RIC), or On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) accelerator for at least 4 months prior to submission of an application.

Applicants must hold both equity and a key position to be eligible to apply for funding.

Please note that you will be required to provide proof documentation of your citizenship status in your application.

Applicants that do not hold Canadian citizenship or Permanent Resident (PR) status are not eligible to apply for funding through the program.

Start-ups that have been incorporated for more than three years are not eligible to apply for funding through the program.

Please note that you will be required to provide proof documentation of incorporation during the application stage.

Start-ups that do not have the right to commercialize the IP are not eligible to apply for funding through the program.

Start-ups that have received more than $250,000 in private investment (angel/VC) and/or generated >$250,000 in recurring revenue are not eligible to apply for funding through the program.