Starter Company Plus Grant Information

Starter Company Plus Grant Program

The Starter Company Plus program is now closed for applications. Please check back in the fall of 2023 for our next start date.

Through Starter Company Plus, you can:
👉 Receive one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor.
👉 Participate in business workshops, seminars or networking events where topics range from writing a business plan to budgeting to marketing campaigns
👉 Talk to a mentor with experience in starting, expanding or buying a small business
👉 Potentially receive a
grant of up to $5,000.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible, the business must:

  • proposing to start a new business, expand an existing business or purchase a business
  • not be a business that relies on commissioned sales
  • be a legal business in Ontario
  • not be a franchise
  • operate at arm’s length from family business ventures
  • maintain its own books and records
  • maintain a separate bank account
  • follow all government rules and regulations and applicable by-laws for the operation of the business

The individual applicant must:

  • not be currently attending school on a full-time basis nor intending to return to school.
  • is a resident of Ontario.
  • is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
  • is 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • is fully responsible for the on-going operations and decisions of the Project and is the majority partner or shareholder.
  • is not enrolled in other provincial employment or self- employment-related initiatives and programs that include or do not include financial assistance
  • is not currently enrolled concurrently in any self-employment programs offered by government-funded organizations.
  • is expected to match the grant amount they are requesting with 25% personal investment (eg $5000 grant will require $1250 personal contribution in the business, in kind investments accepted)
  • cannot have previously received Starter Company or Starter Company Plus funding in Ontario.


While the Starter Company initiative is open to eligible individuals, the training and mentoring are geared towards assisting those in need of business knowledge and support. The Stratford Perth Centre For Business accepts applications from local businesses that are less than 5 yr old.

Approval into the Starter Company Plus initiative is competitive and eligible applicants may not all be accepted, as the program aims to address local and/or regional economic development needs, and applications will be prioritized based on specific industries and sectors.

This program is currently closed.

Email for more info here.


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