Enroll in a Program to launch your business
RISE is a self-paced, custom-designed incubation program sharply focused on meeting the specific needs of the entrepreneur and the business being launched – we do not believe that one size fits all.
Through a combination of one-on-one coaching and mentoring as well as peer to peer sessions, entrepreneurs work through a comprehensive implementation plan at their own pace. This assures the greatest likelihood of a successful business launch.
The program is typically designed in phases that cover a broad range of topics such as:
Marketing & Communications
Budgeting and Finance
Each phase is delivered by subject matter experts, all seasoned business executives and professional service providers. RISE will provide introductions to a range of experts, but the engagement of the experts and the terms of that engagement are ultimately decided by the entrepreneur themselves.
For people arriving from outside of Canada, we also can provide English as a second language (ESL) tutoring if required.
Who Should Enroll?
Entrepreneurs and innovators who want to launch a business in Canada, supporting innovation and job-creation in the country.
Why Learn in Waterloo Region?
Waterloo is a globally-renowned talent engine, training a future workforce through internationally-recognized post-secondary institutions like the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College.
The region is recognized as one of Canada’s leading innovation communities, the birthplace of many globally renowned businesses – multi-national smartphone developer Blackberry was founded in Waterloo; software giant Open Text grew rapidly after being established here; and Google’s Canadian headquarters are also located in the region.
Access to 150+ million consumers within a one day's drive (1200km/745mi radius).
Waterloo Region has substantial cost advantages over Toronto, New York City, and San Francisco.