SBC “EXPLORE” is a 6-day base-level program to open up Canadian market opportunities to Indian tech and non-tech entrepreneurs offering a high-level overview of the Canadian economy, business environment, legal/accounting/tax regulations, success stories and Government-backed programs to attract hi-tech, hi-potential global entrepreneurs.


  • Federal Programs Overview (Incentives, Tax Credits and more), Provincial and City showcases - key industry / sector overview

  • Indian Founders' Success Stories

  • Overview of Canada's Startup and R&D ecosystem, introductory session with leading incubators, accelerators, CoE's and investors

  • Overview of Accounting, Tax & Legal Structures

  • Overview of Immigration routes - Startup Visa Program, Business Immigration Programs, Provincial Nominee Programs


6-day live program featuring provincial representatives and multi-sector experts from Canada's West Coast to East Coast

Speed dating with advisors, comprising of successful entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, accelerators, professional services providers, and government representatives

Strategies to grow your business in North America

Explore 2 Timelines

10th Aug 2021


25th Aug 2021

Roadshow 1

8th Sept 2021

Roadshow 2

22nd Sep 2021

Roadshow 3

26th Sept 2021


28th Sept 2021

Cohort Announcement

29th Sept 2021

Explore #02 Starts


SBC "BUILD" is a 6-Week Pre-Market Entry Startup Program allowing high-potential growth stage India headquartered startups to access and understand Canada, and build out their North American strategy. Our goal is to identify and select B2B software / enterprise tech / deep tech startups that have either raised institutional funding or the ones that have stable revenues and are geared for international expansion - looking to set up a base in North America.


  • Virtual workshops with market experts and mentors

  • Keynote sessions and Masterclasses with successful entrepreneurs

  • One-on-one interactions with pre-qualified investors, economic development agencies, industry experts

  • Product Validation And GTM Strategy

  • Incubators / Accelerators Connects for exploring possible soft-landing support and program admission


6 weeks live program featuring multi-sector experts from Canada's West Coast to East Coast

Case-studies of provincial engagement for setting up and building businesses in Canada.

1-1 meetings with advisors, comprising of successful entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, accelerators, professional services providers, and government representatives to validate your GTM for North America.

About GROW

Grow phase is determined by the company’s ability to have an operating entity and local resources in-market. Dedicated program to assess market viability by offering hosted Business Development in Canada, and enabling growth strategies, local hiring and local product distribution. Grow-phase will focus on implementation of market strategies.


  • Local industry experts/mentors

  • Professional & administrative services for establishment a business in Canada

  • Corporate connections for customer development

  • Access to programming and events

  • Local office services & In-market representation, marketing, and more.

Program Mentors

Stewart Beck

Asia Pacific Foundation

Terrie Romano

Senior Advisor
NRC Canada

Ray Newal

MaRS Discovery District

Chris Carder

Executive Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Schulich School of Business

Valerie Fox

The Pivotal Point

Sunil Sharma

TechStars, Toronto

Raj Narula

InCa Synergies

Soumya Ghosh

Vice President and Canada Market Unit Head - Banking

Matt Saunders

FastBreak Ventures

Alan Lysne

FastBreak Ventures

Shyam Gupta

Co-Founder & President
Somel Investments Inc.

Richard Cloutier

Managing Partner
Ecofuel Fund

Kayla Isabelle

Startup Canada

Arvind Vijh


Bharat Rudra

Vice President

Sean Mui-Tummers

Senior Advisor
Toronto Global

Vartika Manasvi

Founder & CEO

Roshan Mohan

Client Account Manager
City of Mississauga

Soubhagya Sahoo

Co-Founder & CEO
GrayRoutes AI

Gisleine Silveira

Global Partnerships
District 3

Ripal Sanchala

Innovation Expert

Head of Innovation

Kanchan Kumar

Co-Founder & CEO

Lloyed Lobo

Co-founder & President

Samuel Berthiaume

Project Director - Asia-Pacific
Montreal International

Ralph Baddour

Partner & MD
Badhouse Ventures

Rohan Mody

Co-Founder & Director
Westway Immigration


SBC Alumni


How does the application process work?
The application process begins online, with an application form where you can tell us about your team, your product, and the market you are in. The questions are geared to understand both the business and the founders. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to join the cohort.
You can apply through the Apply Tab. You don’t need to submit a business plan, just fill in the fields in the application form.
No, we do not take equity but we do charge a program fees. For more details write to: gaurav@startupreseau.com
To ensure full commitment of participants and to cover program costs.
How can I be sure that the information included in the application form is not shared with anybody else?
The information collected as a part of the application form is sourced to evaluate the startups and offerings. This information will be used by Startup Reséau, and our program partners as a part of the selection process for the same. We take pride in our confidentiality policy.