The Canadian Launch-Pad for Global Entrepreneurs

The Startup Visa Program (SUV) is designed to attract international founders who wish to develop innovative, modern, and scalable companies in Canada. VDI offers innovative programming that creates a path for global entrepreneurs by providing investment and specialized support services to launch their business ventures in North America.

Accelarate with the Right Support

Raise Capital

Our team will help connect you with like-minded, passionate investors who understand the potential of your venture and who are committed to helping you achieve success. Our startups consistently raise more than $250K in funding.

Business Development

Our experienced in-house team is dedicated to helping your startup reach its full potential. We will ensure your business is well-positioned to succeed in today's competitive market.

Operational Support

VDI is committed to providing you with the necessary guidance and support to ensure the successful development and implementation of your operational plans. We are here to provide you with the necessary resources and expertise to make your transition into the Canadian market a success.


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


VDI provides the opportunity to connect with experienced industry professionals who understand the challenges you face and can help you get to the next level. You'll gain valuable insights into the journey ahead and gain the confidence to reach your goals.

Elevate your Pitch

The greatness of your idea should not be limited by your ability to explain it. We work closely with you to ensure that your pitch is both effective and persuasive, and will resonate with any audience.

Our Process

Step 1

Apply with your tech-based startup

Step 2

Participate in VDI’s incubation program

Step 3

Pitch for Letter of Support from CIAI

Step 4

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

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