A 5-Week Program for International Students in Canada

Applications open for the next Cohort beginning on February 16th, 2022

Pitch for over $250K in Funding
Permanent Residency under Startup Visa Program​
Access to VDI Platform

A 5-week program to help and support aspiring international student entrepreneurs.

This unique virtual program is designed specifically for international students in Canada, aiming to empower them with the skills required to become entrepreneurs. This short yet powerful program helps unleash the potential of your business idea and transform it into a full-fledged Startup.

Join Our Webinar

Entrepreneurship in Canada, Startup Visa Program for International Students
Host: Brent Lessard & Romelle Maluto

Educational webinar for International Students in Canada to learn more about:

  1. Entrepreneurship in Canada
  2. Startup Visa Program (Permanent Residency)
  3. How to raise funding for your Start-up through VDI’s Incubation Program

*Timing follows Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Program Duration​

5 Weeks

2 Hours Session/Week

Early Bird


Applications open for the next Cohort beginning soon February 16th, 2022

The program participants will gain the following:

Explore the opportunity to work in a startup environment and get paid internships in marketing & business development, market research analysis, and finance through VDI’s Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship program.

VDI's team of Mentors guide you in all aspects of the business including Team building, Leadership, Operations, Finance, Human Resources and Marketing

Peter Sutherland
Distinguished Diplomat

Former Canadian Ambassador: Philippines, India, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Dennis Kibirev
Co-Founder of Frontier Funder

Growth Leader, Venture Advisor, Frontier & Emerging Market Startups

Matt Boardman
Startup Pitch Coach

Advised Over 250+ Companies

Scott Kress
Summitted Mt. Everest & 7 Summits

North Pole & South Pole. High-Performance Team Building

Jay Fisher
Professor - School of Business at Durham College

Business coach, advisor, and mentor to entrepreneurs

Shreya Gupta
NortonRose FullBright

Technology and Privacy Lawyer

Brent Lessard
Director of Programs & Operations

Winner of multiple international awards including from Province of Ontario, SpaceX, and Dubai Futures Foundation

What makes us unique?

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What will you learn from the program?

Customer Discovery

MVP Testing

Business Model Validation

See What Our Students Say

Our Pricing Plan

Early Bird


Regular Price


Financing Available

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the Program, you must:

  • Want to start a company in Canada and have a viable business idea.
  • Be an International Student in Canada.
  • Want to become a Permanent Resident in Canada.
  • Be open to new ideas and guidance from Mentors.
Applications open for the next Cohort beginning on February 16th, 2022

At the end of 5 weeks, we give you a chance to present your idea to a real investor.

Pitch for an opportunity to raise $250K+ under Startup Visa program