Downtown Mississauga is home to a cluster of innovation assets to support entrepreneurs and scale-up businesses. Combined with an education and industry presence, the Downtown is an ideal place for entrepreneurs and high growth businesses to transform and grow.
Discover our Downtown amenities aimed at supporting entrepreneurship and innovation below.
IDEA Square One Innovation Hub
Coming Spring 2023, the IDEA Square One Innovation Hub is the home of IDEA Mississauga. Located inside the Square One Shopping Centre, IDEA Square One is a 4,300 square-foot facility for startups, scale-ups, corporate leaders, and investors to collaborate and grow together. Once opened, come experience Mississauga’s vibrant entrepreneurship and innovation community at IDEA Square One!
IDEA Mississauga Business Entrepreneur Centre (MBEC)
Located inside IDEA Square One, IDEA Mississauga Business Entrepreneur Centre (MBEC) also known as IDEA MBEC is part of the Mississauga Economic Development Office. Together we provide information and services to help your business grow and prosper in Mississauga. Whether you’re starting, expanding, consolidating or relocating your company, you can rely on our team of professionals to help make your decisions easier, faster and more effective. Please note: MBEC is currently offering services remotely until IDEA Square One officially opens in Spring 2023.
Situated in Mississauga’s downtown is Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus that houses Sheridan EDGE, a launchpad for entrepreneurial and innovative ventures. EDGE helps purpose–driven entrepreneurs strengthen their impact and generate sustainable revenue. EDGE provides learning opportunities, mentorship, co-working space and funding to launch and accelerate social ventures.
Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT)
The Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) is an association dedicated to representing the interests of the Mississauga business community. MBOT advocates on policy issues for businesses and provides a boost to Mississauga’s innovative cluster by giving our companies a voice in impactful and important policy discussions.
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) is another asset in the downtown for innovators in Mississauga. BDC is responsible for assisting small-medium sized enterprises in securing financing – one of the most difficult parts of the innovative process.
Maker Mississauga - Makerspaces
In order to support innovation and growth, Mississauga’s central library system offers Makerspaces throughout the city. Makerspaces provide access to unique equipment that will contribute to supporting small business, innovative endeavors, and creative projects. Programs offered include: 3D Printing, Handicraft, Digital Filmmaking, Coding and Robotics and more.
As a hub for growth, Mississauga offers co-working spaces for innovators to work and create. Downtown Mississauga offers several co-working spaces. These spaces take away the pressures and expenses associated with acquiring a working space, while providing the needs of entrepreneurs and innovators. Working spaces may include: private offices, podcasting and recording spaces, collaborative and event space, and more.
Mississauga’s downtown is a dynamic, urban neighbourhood that attracts creative and talented people to live, work and play. It is a place where you can share and embrace new ideas, cultures and experiences. Downtown Mississauga is located in the heart of the city with connections to the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor and beyond.