The Start-Up Visa is Canada’s premier immigration program for entrepreneurs and business innovators. The program is designed to quickly bring immigrants to Canada, as permanent residents, who have the skills to build an innovative enterprise, employ Canadians and compete on a global scale.
The Government of Canada recognizes that innovative companies require larger markets, investment capital and mentorship for long-term market growth. In order to help these companies scale up and allow them to quickly enter Canada, the government has recognized a group of Canadian angel investors, venture capital firms and Canadian business incubators as Designated Organization. Essentially these Designated Organizations are established Canadian business groups that have been approved by the government to invest in or support new companies that wish to enter Canada. Each of these Designated Organizations typically have an industry focus respective market knowledge: fintech, bio-tech, consumer goods, app development, electronics, industrial design.