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Starter Company Plus

About Starter Company Plus

If you have a great idea for starting a new business, or have a business running and need assistance to grow it, consider applying to the Starter Company Plus Program!

Starter Company Plus seeks to help entrepreneurs start, expand or grow a small business in their communities by providing training, grant funding of up to $5,000.00, and access to mentorship from local business leaders.

If you are:

  • Not employed full time
  • Not in a full-time education program or returning to school
  • Not currently receiving funding from another Provincial entrepreneurship or business program
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Ontario.

And are willing to:

  • Create and follow a business plan and a 2-year financial forecast
  • Agree to participate in bi-weekly training and mentoring meetings over a 3-month period
  • Agree to provide business reports to the Markham Small Business Centre for verification over a 3-month period.

If you are interested, the next mentoring cohort will not start until September 2018. To get a head start on the trainings for the Starter Company Plus program, we are partnering with YSpace to offer a 14-week entrepreneur education program called Founder Fundamentals. This program provides entrepreneurs and business owners with the essential knowledge and skills to grow and succeed, and also replaces Starter Company Plus training sessions, giving applicants a head start to the application. Submit an expression of interest, attend the training sessions, submit a business plan and cash flow forecast, and gain the opportunity to access a Starter Company Plus grant.

Deadline for completing an expression of interest: Thursday, April 26th at 11:59 pm.

Visit www.bit.ly/founderfund to get started! 

If you have any questions, please contact us at msbc@markham.ca

Important Note:

  • There are limited funding spots available and priority will be given to business proposals that include the creation of job opportunities for people other than the business owner.  We still encourage all to apply, as the training aspects of the program are useful to all new business ventures and funding spots may be made available to other applicants.

Find out if you are eligible, learn the program details and the next steps in your application process at our Starter Company Plus orientation! Here, you will learn:

  • Application process and timeline
  • What your formal application will consist of (the business plan and cash flow projections)
  • Required training sessions 
  • What happens if you get accepted
  • Successful participant requirements

For more information on the Starter Company Plus program, please contact us at msbc@markham.ca or call 905-477-7000 extension 6722.