Start Up Visa Application Form

Applications submitted to Spark Centre will be reviewed and evaluated based on the criteria listed on our website. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into Spark Centre's SUV program. Allow approx. 2-3 months for a complete review of your application.

Please fill out the form below to submit your information to the Spark Centre Review Team. Also note that all fields are required and need to be filled out in order to submit this form. If the question does not apply, kindly explain why.

NOTE: Review application questions completely prior to starting to ensure you have all required information. Allow sufficient time to complete in its entirety because the form does not save as you go.

Full Name (as it appears on passport) *
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Email Address *
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Contact Number *
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Gender *
Address *
If you have no corporate office, please enter your personal address here.
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What is your native language? *
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Are you able to communicate fluently in English and French? *
What is the highest level of education you have achieved? *
What is your country of origin? *
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Where are you applying from? *
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Your LinkedIn URL *
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Where do you plan to reside once you arrive in Canada? Please provide address or city? *
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Company Information
Company Name *
Please enter the full legal company or business name here. If you do not have a name, please enter "TBD".
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Description of Business *
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Currently, what stage best describes your business? *
Is your company currently incorporated? If yes, please state which country(s) it is incorporated in? *
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If business is not yet incorporated in Canada, please state the plan to incorporate. *
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How long have you been working on your business? (months, years) *
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Please state your percentage ownership of business. *
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Company Website *
If company does not yet have a website, please enter N/A
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Is this your first start-up? *
What type of business are you running (sector)? *
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Describe in detail what makes your start-up a technology and innovative business. *
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What is your position within the business? *
Describe the Product/Service. *
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Do you have a product or prototype? *
Please provide a link to a video (up to five minutes in length) explaining your company and/or showing a demo of your product or service. *
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Please elaborate on the phase of development of your technology. *
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What is your product's unique market offering? *
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Describe the competitive landscape of your product/service in the Canadian market. *
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What can you tell us about your target market and market strategies in Canada? *
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Evidence of market interest in Canada *
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How much Canadian funds are you bringing to operate your business in Canada? *
This is in addition to settlement funds for living expenses
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Describe your skill sets and experience, including relevant startup experience. *
This should include positions held, companies worked for, start/end dates, and a short description of your responsibilities
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Why do you want to relocate or expand your business to Canada? What are the advantages? *
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Do you plan on still operating your business in your country? If no, please explain the reason to stop operations in your home country. *
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What makes Durham Region/Oshawa area the ideal location for your business? What is your hiring plan for Durham Region/Oshawa area? *
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Where do you plan to set up business in Canada? *
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Founder Information
How many other founders do you have in your business? *
Please provide each founders name, role in the business, ownership and voting percentage, LinkedIn profile, and qualifications and experience for each. *
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Please state each founders native language, country of origin and country presently residing in? *
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Please list Non-Applicants with business interest. Describe role/function, involvement, and voting percentage. *
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How many founders and team members will be relocating to Canada (including yourself)? Please list names of who will be relocating? *
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If there are founders that will not be relocating, please state reason why? *
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Team Information
Please elaborate on the Team Development Phase *
Please tell us what plans you have or had to build your company, or about any existing external relationships that you have in place on which you plan to build
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How did the founders get connected with each other to form this business? *
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Spark Centre
What are the key areas you wish to strengthen through Spark Centre? How do you think Spark Centre can support and help your business development? What are your business needs? *
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Upon completion of SUV program, companies are expected to remain in Durham Region area in Ontario. How do you feel about this? *
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Have you or are you planning to apply to other Designated Startup Visa Organizations in Canada? *
Please list the other Designated Startup Visa Organizations you have applied to or are planning to apply to and please state your preferred organization. *
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Why did you select Spark Centre as your designated business incubator? *
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Are you aware of the services offered by Spark Centre? If yes, please explain. *
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Would you be able to visit the Spark Centre if invited prior to being approved? *
How many office desks will you require at Spark Centre? *
When would you be ready to come to Canada? *
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Are you in need of starting with Spark Centre via a Work Permit before Permanent Residency? *
If there is an urgency to come to Canada for business prior to permanent residence status being obtained, please provide an explanation for the urgency. *
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How did you hear about Spark Centre? *
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Business Details
How much funding total has your company raised to date? *
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How do you plan on funding your business upon arriving to Canada? *
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Intellectual Property Involved in your technology *
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Do you fully own this technology and this Intellectual Property? *
Please explain your company's Intellectual Property ownership position *
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Do you have a Business Plan? *
Do you have audited financials for past 2 years? *
Do you have a Shareholder's Agreement? *
Please describe any assistance you had with this application and your Business Plan. *
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Please email Business Plan, Founders CV/Resume and most recent Corporate Financial Statements to suv@sparkcentre.org the same day as the application form. Review process will begin once all documents are received.
Thank you for completing the Start Up Visa Program Application!
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