Profit, non-profit & other business models
FUNDING FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Venture Capital Investments - Business Development Bank of Canada
For high growth: IT Companies, Healthcare Venture Fund, Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology, and a diversified Portfolio. Initial direct venture investments usually range from $250,000 - $3,000,000 and are part of a financing round that can range from $1M - $10M.
The Entrepreneurship Society
Access to Capital Missions - connects established, growth-oriented business owners (5M+ in revenue or $1M VC) from Atlantic Canada into investment heavy cities such as Toronto for investment readiness training & strategic guidance on growth. Also provides access to quaterly key networking events. By application & invitation.
Trico Foundation - Social Enterprize
Financial Award for social entrepreneur or small-profit business that has been doing well for more than three years.
RBC Generator Fund
The RBC Generator fund aims to generate market, or near-market, returns by investing in Canadian for-profit businesses tackling social or environmental challenges. Investment opportunities will be evaluated based on their potential to deliver long-term financial return, as well as benefiting either energy, water, employment or education.
Center of Excellence in Energy Efficiency
C3E contributes to the commercial success of proven technological innovations in energy efficiency and renewable energy by financially supporting the implementation of innovative business models.
Energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors
Rising sales cycle
Techno-managerial entrepreneurial culture
Innovative business models
Creates jobs in Canada
Financing and Mentoring - Futurpreneur
Can finance up to $45,000 for a term of 5 years, with interest only payments in the first year. Age eligibility is 18-39. Applicants must be starting a full-time business. Part-time students or full-time students in their last year of studies, newcomers, social enterprises and almost all sectors are eligible, ready for commercialization.
Assists with early-stage business models and prototype development. Up to $10,000.
Project Feasibility Study - Canadian Alternative Investment Foundation
The foundation will provide grants in the $5000 - $8000 range for project feasibility studies. This stream provides a preliminary level of support meant to help charitable organizations better understand their goals, roles and what deliverables are possible. Step 1 of 3 provided by CAIF.
Crowdfunding raises funds through the collection of small contributions of money from the general public using internet and social media. With a clear message, a defined goal of funds needed to be raised and a strong passion for enterprise, entrepreneurs can raise the funds they need whithout banks or other institutions.
Note: new opportunities in NB & NS for equity crowdfunding. Crowdfuning is open at any stage of business development. Below are some examples of crowdfunding platforms.
Partnership Development Grants - SSHRC
Between $75,000 and $200,00 over 1-3 years for a fellowship for a student to research, building knowledge and understanding towards complex and important topics. A SE or Non-Profit must apply with a student applicant and a university to assist in administering the research.
Trico Foundation - Futurpreneur Canada
Maximum of $16,750 grant for SMEs, Universities, Research Insitutions, and Strategic partners who are looking to test and validate a product or service and launch it.
Business Plan Development - Canadian Alternative Investment Foundation
Grants of $8000 - $10,000 for business plan development consultation and support. In order to receive this grant, an organization must have completed a Feasibility Study (financed by CAIF or otherwise). This grant will allow an organization to move from the theroretical to th practical in how objectives will be met in order to reach organzational goals. Step 2 of 3.
Capacity Building Grants - Canadian Alternative Investment Foundation
Grants from $10,000 to $15,000 for organizational capacity building. Grants would be made available to assist in the execution of a specific project with direction towards hiring/retaining project management expertise and/or financial expertise. In order to access this fund, organizations must have completed a Business Plan (financed by CAIF or otherwise).
Women in Business New Brunswick - CBDC
Grants available for businesses with women who own at least 50% of the business, have 50% of operating control, are involved in daily operations of the business, and the business being in operation for 2 years.
Please contact email@example.com for an application.
National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Engage Grants
Up to $25,000 for up to 6 months. The grant orientation is towards solving a company specific problem. The company problem should have technical merit, industrial relevance and potential for innovative impact with a benefit to Canada economically, socially, and environmentally.