Deciding if, when, and how to fund your growing business is one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur can make. What funding programs are available? When is the right time to consider accessing capital and how do you best go about it? As Ottawa’s economic development agency, and a not-for-profit organization, Invest Ottawa works purely in your best interest when helping you to navigate the map of funding options.
We regularly work with regional, provincial, national, and international investors and when you’re investment-ready, we’ll connect you to our network through preferred introductions. This process is selective, strategic, and handled on an individual basis for each of our portfolio clients.
Here are several resources for entrepreneurs looking to fund their business, ranging from accessing capital to marketing your deal:
To grow your company, you may need access to capital, and Invest Ottawa can offer advice and direction on how and when to raise money to maximize growth for your company, while avoiding unnecessary dilution for you and your existing shareholders.
“With the help of the Invest Ottawa, we received $120,000 in Federal IRAP funding, another $25,000 in seed funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and this timely access to funds accelerated our company’s market entry for JetStreamHD by at least six months.” Grant Hall, CEO, Nuvyyo
Before you try to raise funds, it’s important to determine your investment readiness, what the best capitalization strategy is, and the message your management team needs to articulate to investors. Our business advisors and mentors offer you the expertise, experience and tools to build your funding strategy and provide regular feedback as you make progress.
- Understanding the Impact of Dilution
- Due Diligence
- Key Term Sheet Clauses
- Roles of Shareholders and Directors
- Investment Instruments
- Marketing Your Deal
To engage with Invest Ottawa on your funding strategy, get started by telling us about your business through our Business Information Form.