Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What kinds of businesses meet the criteria for a Startup Visa?

A. To meet the criteria for a Startup Visa, businesses must be innovative, scalable, provide employment to Canadians, and/or have the potential to become global. Examples of businesses that do not meet the criteria are: gas station, clothing store, a Canadian sales office of a company that is based outside Canada. Examples of businesses that would meet the criteria are: an innovative medical device, a specialized logistics company that will create numerous jobs, innovative software for which there is very little competition.

Q. How long do the BASE and RISE programs take?

A. The BASE program typically spans over three weeks. The RISE incubator program lasts three months. The RISE Accelerator is approximately six months. These timelines may vary, depending on the nature of the business.

Q. Will you provide me with a business plan?

A. No. Our programs are designed to guide you through creating and refining your business plan, based on your business idea. 

Q. I want to relocate to Vancouver. Can you help me?

A. We are located in the Waterloo Region of Ontario, Canada. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, our programs are currently being conducted virtually. However, once we are able to do so safely, we will resume our programs on an in-person basis and look forward to working with our clients face to face. We hope that participants will consider settling in our great region, however upon completion of our programs, there is no obligation to setup your business here. 

Q. Do you provide legal/immigration/accounting services?

A. We would be pleased to introduce you to service providers in these types of areas. However, engaging with such professionals for your business is your responsibility. 

Q. Are there any additional costs?

A. Roseview charges no additional fees beyond the tuition costs. However, additional costs such as living expenses once you arrive in Canada and the costs of launching the business itself (facility rental costs, office expenses, salaries, business website, marketing costs, etc.) are the responsibility of the entrepreneur.

Q. I’m ready to start. How do I apply?

Please email us at and include a high-level business plan (2-3 pages), along with your resume. Please explain your business goals and any immigration plans. We will review the information you send us and discuss with you if we believe our programs can help you meet your goals.