We’re very happy to announce that we are officially part of the Amazon Activate program and can offer the Portfolio Package to startups in our accelerator program. This means that startups that go through FounderFuel are eligible for discounts and special offers from Amazon to help them accelerate even faster!
To learn more about Amazon Activate and how it can help your startup (in an accelerator or not), visit their website here.
We’re really honoured to be counted among the following accelerators and seed funds:
Welcome to Canada!
Last week the Canadian government announced a new Startup Visa Pilot Program to encourage startups and their founders to create new jobs and drive economic growth, right here at home! The program will draw innovative immigrant entrepreneurs to Canada and link international entrepreneurs with private sector organizations in Canada that have experience working with startups.
The pilot program will begin accepting applications April 1, 2013 and run for 5 years. To start, the Canadian government has alloted 2750 Visas per year for startup entrepreneurs and their families. If there is demand and early success, the program will become permanent. This means that Canada will become the destination for startups, both at home and abroad, and bring that many more resources to our own back yard, including entrepreneurs, startups and lasting partnerships to foster economic growth and job opportunities.
According to the Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, “Our new Startup Visa will help make Canada the desination of choice for the world’s best and brightest to launch their companies.” He added that “Recruiting dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world will help Canada remain competitive in the global economy. Jobs, growth and long-term prosperity remain priorities for the Government of Canada, and this new Start-Up Visa Program underscores our commitment to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Canadian labour market.”
What does this mean for FounderFuel? It means we get to extend our scope even further and welcome companies into our program from anywhere in the world…and then invite them to stay. Althought we have never let international boundaries hinder our application process, this news means that companies from around the world who will become part of our program will be able to apply for the Startup Visa and bring their businesses, families and futures to Canada. All of this is nothing but fuel to make the Canadian startup ecosystem even stronger. We can’t wait to see what’s in store in the coming months!
Learn more and keep up to date with Startup Visa news here.