Starter Company Plus

Starter Company Plus

Markham’s Starter Company Plus program seeks to help entrepreneurs start, expand or grow a small business in Markham by providing training, education and advisory services and an opportunity to be selected for grant funding of up to $5,000.00 including access to mentorship from local business leaders.

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If you are:

  • A for-profit business located in the municipal boundaries of Markham
  • Not employed full time elsewhere
  • Not in a full-time education program and/or not planning to return to school full-time in the next 3 years
  • Not currently receiving funding from another Provincial entrepreneurship or business program
  • Not a previous recipient of the Starter Company (Plus) grant nor Small Business Recovery and Digital Resilience Program grant
  • Not a commission-based business nor franchise business
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Ontario.

And are willing to:

  • Create and follow a business plan/growth plan/pivot plan and a 2-year financial forecast/budget
  • Agree to participate in training and monthly 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.

The program is delivered in two phases:

  1. Open to all applicants: Training, Education and assistance with preparation of an updated Business Plan/growth plan/pivot plan and Budget
  2. For selected applicants chosen to proceed to Phase 2: Receive grant funding and begin 3-month mentoring period


Application intake begins August 1, deadline is September 2, 2022.  


Intake for the program is now closed.



Companies we've helped

Cat Janiga     Crafty Pots     Love Gelato     MapleWiz     Next Door Restaurant     Ohh! Foods

Soul Media Lab     Sylvia Chan Art     TROES     TutorPrince     U Plus Education     Winged Canvas



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