I have an idea and want to start a business.
Visit a Small Business Enterprise Centre to assist your business start-up.
- Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre – www.mississauga.ca/mbec
- Brampton Business Enterprise Centre – http://www.brampton-business.com/
Caledon Business Enterprise Centre – http://www.caledonbusinesscentre.com/faq.htmlHow do I protect my invention?
There are different kinds of protection for different kinds of intellectual property. Please consult the following documents:
How can I sell my business idea?
Corporations are interested in acquisitions if the business idea has proven success. Acquisitions are based on the following valuations:
- Patents, bylaws, and shareholder agreements
- Business’ economic situation and sector
- Market conditions and the competition
- Clientele and any contracts, backlog of orders
- Suppliers contracts and commitments
- Financial and forecast data
What government financing is available for my business?
Limited funding is available from:
Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBF) http://www.canadabusiness.ca/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=CBSC_FE/display&c=Finance&cid=1081944191217&lang=en
– Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – http://www.bdc.ca/en/home.htm
– Export Development Corporation (EDC) – http://www.edc.ca/english/index.htm
Other funding may be available depending on type of business. For more information consult the funding section (link to the entrepreneurs button, funding)
What is an angel and how do I find one?
An angel investor or angel (also known as a business angel or informal investor) is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity. A small but increasing number of angel investors organize themselves into angel groups or angel networks to share research and pool their investment capital.
The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) is the industry association representing Angel capi The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) is the industry association representing Angel capital throughout Canada. NACO maintains an angel directory http://www.angelinvestor.ca/Angel_Directory.asp
How do I find a VC?
Venture capital (also known as VC or Venture) is a type of private equity capital typically provided to early-stage, high-potential, growth companies in the interest of generating a return through an eventual realization event such as an IPO or trade sale of the company. Venture capital investments are generally made as cash in exchange for shares in the invested company. It is typical for venture capital investors to identify and back companies in high technology industries such as biotechnology and ICT.
The CVCA – Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association – represents the majority of private equity companies in Canada, with over 1700 members. http://www.cvca.ca/