Global Entrepreneurship Starts Here
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Connecting Tomorrow’s Innovators
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WHY CHOOSE US

We connect international and Canadian founders with the funding and resources to build successful startups in Canada.

Expand
Globally

We work closely with Canadian investors and Government Organizations to support international growth. Connect with us to reach new markets in North America and beyond.

Insight and Strategy

Our network’s collective entrepreneurship experience allows us to offer expert advice on various topics, including finance, marketing, operations and more.

Networked Mentors

Mentors are a vital part of VDI's network. They provide invaluable guidance for founders in their pursuit of success.

Startup
Programs

Our educational programs introduce founders to the skills and resources they need to design a startup strategy. Leave VDI as a confident founder with clear steps on how to turn your dream into reality.

ABOUT US

Like you, we're passionate about building something new.

This is a place for innovators and creators. We believe that building sustainable organizations requires more than just financial capital. We help founders connect to mentors, investors, service providers, partners, and more through a network of entrepreneurs building successful businesses locally and globally. We are a resource for new and experienced entrepreneurs alike.

180+

STARTUP INCUBATED

$45M+

CAPITAL RAISED

45+

COUNTRIES

$950K+

PERKS

Creating Opportunities for Young Founders

Our Commitment to the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Through various initiatives, Venture Development Institute is facilitating the growth of Canada’s budding leaders, innovators, and social change-makers.  We have taken strides toward achieving this goal through sponsorships of the QEC - Queen’s Entrepreneur’s Competition, UNB’s Apex in early 2022.

most popular program

The Startup Visa Program

There are entrepreneurs all across the world, but only a few have access to the resources to scale. Discover our program to Globalize your Startup. Designed to help International Founders launch innovative ventures in Canada, we provide access to over $250K in funding, mentorship, operational support, and business development using lean and agile methodologies to help you scale your startup.

VDI Welcomes Ukrainian Entrepreneurs

VDI has created a special Startup Visa package to provide support to Ukrainian Founders who wish to develop innovative and scalable companies in Canada.

startup education for all

We develop future global entrepreneurs so they can take on the world. Accelerate innovation and success with Venture Development Institute.

01
FUNDAMENTALS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

An online program designed for international students to enhance entrepreneurial skills and gain an opportunity to raise $200K to $300K in funding.
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02
INVESTMENT READINESS PROGRM

Our 8-week program helps startups understand what it takes to make a compelling investment case and raise funding from Seed Stage VC's, Angels and other investors.
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03
GRADE 8-12
PROGRAM

An educational program designed for children from all age groups to unearth entrepreneurial skills and add value to society.
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Our Startup Program Partners

We work with renowned businesses and organizations that share our passion for growing companies that create jobs and make positive changes in their communities.

Our Portfolio of 180+ Startups, 45+ Countries, $45M+ in Capital Raised