Startup Visa Program

The Canadian Launch-Pad for Global Entrepreneurs

The Startup Visa Program (SUV) is designed to draw international founders who wish to develop innovative, modern, and scalable companies in Canada. VDI offers an 8-week collaborative program that creates a path for global entrepreneurs by providing investment and specialized support services to launch their business ventures in North America.
VDI simplifies the transition between the Pre-Expansion Program and Startup Visa application through our partnership with a designated organization.

Accelerate with the Right Support

Raise $250K+

Our team will match you with like-minded, passionate investors. Our startups consistently raise more than $250K+ in funding.

Growth

We train our founders on how to succeed quickly. Our program provides access to foreign markets through Canada’s Free Trade Agreements.

Operational Support

VDI will work closely with you to develop and implement operational plans. We provide 2+ years of support from Pre-Expansion to launching in Canada.

Business Development

Our in-house team of financial analysts is committed to the growth of your startup. Together, we will construct your business plans using lean and agile methodologies.

Leadership

VDI provides the opportunity to connect with industry experts who have been where you are. You'll get a glimpse of what it takes to reach the next level.

Elevate your Pitch

We provide a variety of solutions that help you prepare your pitch. Our team works closely with you to ensure it is effective and persuasive.

Partner with CIAI

We partner with CIAI, a designated organization for the SUV Program and a member of the National Angel Capital Organization.

Immigrate to Canada

After completing the Pre-Expansion Program with VDI, you submit your Permanent Residency application.

Own a technology-based business
Apply to VDI's Startup Visa Program
Pitch for a Letter of Support from CIAI
Raise Funding and Submit SUV Application

We partner with CIAI

CIAI (Canadian International Angel Investors) is a designated Government of Canada Startup Visa organization and a member of NACO, the National Angel Capital Organization.

Letter of Support

When submitting your Startup Visa application to the IRCC, you must receive a letter of support from a designated organization that is approved to invest in startups. After completing the VDI's Startup Visa Program, you are provided the opportunity to pitch to the CIAI to obtain your Letter of Support.   

Join the Future of Startups

Become a part of our Global Network of Entrepreneurs

180+

Startups Incubated

45+

Countries

$45M+

Capital Raised

$950K+

Perks

Do you Qualify?

To qualify for the Startup Visa Program your business must meet these criteria

To learn more about the Canadian Government Startup Visa Program and its eligibility requirements, click here.

Discover • Innovate • Grow​

VentureOS

When you join our Startup Visa Program, you are automatically enrolled in VentureOS. Our powerful entrepreneurship platform supports individuals, startups, and corporations. We offer exclusive discounts on perks and resources to accelerate your business.

Where Startups become Success Stories​