Start-up Visa Program
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The Start-up Visa Program was created to target foreign entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build innovative businesses in Canada that can create jobs and compete on a global scale.
The Genesis Centre is an innovation hub for technology-based ventures with high-growth potential located at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Genesis offers both accelerator and incubator programming, and in order to become part of the Start-Up Visa program a company must be accepted into Enterprise, our flagship incubator program.
Of the three streams of Start-up Visas, Genesis offers the Business Accelerator/Incubator stream to those who are successfully admitted into the portfolio of companies.
Entrepreneurs interested in the program must meet the following requirements:
- Be willing to live and work in Newfoundland and Labrador;
- Be a start-up technology company with high growth potential;
- Register for and complete a prerequisite, early-stage accelerator program:
- NL-based programs:
- Online programs:
- If you have completed a different, equivalent program either online or in-person, please name and detail what program you have completed in your SUV application. We will review and approve other programs on a case-by-case basis;
- Have a Minimal Viable Product;
- Have demonstrated traction with customers in the form of letters of support/sales; and
- Pitch to and be accepted by the Genesis Centre Selection Board
If accepted by the Selection Board, the entrepreneurs receive a letter of support from Genesis and can apply for a start-up visa directly from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. To be eligible, applicants must:
- Receive a letter of support from a designated organization (i.e. Genesis)
- Meet ownership requirements where each entrepreneur holds at least 10% of the voting rights in the business
- Meet the minimum language requirements via a test from an approved agency
- Be able to financially support you and your family for one year
Details on the criteria and FAQs can be found at the Start-up Visa website here.
If you have any questions regarding our requirements, contact Genesis here. No phone calls please.
Apply to the Start-up Visa Program below: