Impact global change
Take your startup global or bring your company to Canada. Our Global Frontier initiatives create an impact that reverberates around the world.
We believe that Waterloo Region is the best place to build a business.
Our Global Frontier programs bring Waterloo to the world, connecting local startups to new markets and funding. We also connect international founders and hub leaders to the magic of Waterloo, giving you platforms to tap into our proven capabilities through our AC:Hubs and Startup Visa programs.
Compete on a global scale
We’re in the business of impacting change worldwide. Our Startup Visa program provides permanent residence to entrepreneurs who have the potential to build innovative companies in Canada that can create new jobs, spur economic growth, and compete on a global scale.
View the Government of Canada's Startup Visa Eligibility Requirements to see if you're qualified.
Applicants require $100,000 in revenue annually, innovative technology in any space, and a clear understanding and desire to grow a business in Canada. We offer a number of ways you can engage with the AC before and after your visa application is approved. Additionally, the AC works with SuperVisas to help you move through the application process smoothly and settle in Waterloo once your application is approved.
Applications for AC:Startup Visa are currently closed. Please sign up to receive updates if you are interested!
Waterloo Region—an AI leader
Though Waterloo is ranked second in Canada for its AI in terms of research, the industry didn’t become a regional specialty overnight.
ApplyBoard becomes Canada’s newest unicorn
ApplyBoard raises $100M in Series C funding on a $2B valuation to improve access to education for international students.
Invest Ottawa launches Accelerator Program
Invest Ottawa launched The IO Accelerator, leveraging best practices from the AC to accelerate high-growth technology firms.
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It’s time to activate your ambition by tapping into the opportunities that help you create, continue to think big, and actualize your business. We can’t wait to hear from you.