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Scale-Up Program

The Scale-up Program is a 4-month program that supports innovative and inclusive companies to grow and overcome barriers. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to attend workshops and seminars that address common challenges faced by scaling companies, connect with experienced mentors, speakers, and peers, and present to investors, funders, and industry partners to get started towards your next round of funding, sale, or partnership.

With a focus on Industry 4.0, sustainability, and inclusive recovery, you will receive a tailored program to help you grow your company while simultaneously contributing to social and environmental change. If you are working on an innovative solution that can change the world, get it done in Mississauga at the Scale-up Program.

What do participants of this program receive?

  • Learning Sessions: Panels, discussions, and workshops that address common obstacles you may experience while scaling your company. See the program schedule below for details.

  • Mentorship: MBEC business advisors and guests from learning sessions will be available for you to speak with for mentorship.

  • Pitch Opportunity: At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to pitch to investors and potential corporate partners. A pitch practice and feedback session will be available to help you put your best foot forward.

PITCH COMPETITION WINNERS

To learn more about the winners from the Pitch Competition, click the link below:

UPCOMING WEBINARS

To learn more about the program and/or sign up, click on the webinars below:

ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS

In order to be eligible, participants must:
  1. Be located in Mississauga or wish to locate to Mississauga
  2. Approximately earning $100,000 – $2 million in yearly revenue, have patented innovations, or raised pre-seed capital
  3. Planning, creating, or growing innovations based on Industry 4.0 practices
Please note: Priority will be given to businesses owned or led by individuals from underrepresented communities such as women, Black entrepreneurs, Indigenous entrepreneurs, members of racialized communities, youth, members of the LGBTQ2 community, persons with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, and members of official language minority communities.

PROGRAM TEAM

John Lam

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Specialist, Mississauga Business Entrepreneur Centre (MBEC)

John’s role involves supporting innovative scale-up companies in Mississauga or those who wish to locate in Mississauga. His entrepreneurial experiences stem from starting two ventures, one promoting physical activity to youth through Ultimate Frisbee workshops and another connecting people to mental health resources through chatbot technology.

John has also taught entrepreneurship courses as a teaching faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University, and led startup incubators at the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Sheridan College. He studied Recreation, Business and Psychology in undergrad, completed the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) program from the University of Waterloo and is now working towards a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on entrepreneurship education from University of Toronto. Feel free to ask him about anything entrepreneurship and innovation!

Vigen Nazarian

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Mississauga Business Entrepreneur Centre (MBEC)

Vigen is the President of NuBinary Ventures, a full-service venture and product development company providing advisory services to early-stage startups, SMEs and educational institutions. Vigen is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder in three companies with successful exits (1X public), Vigen has diverse experience in technology development ventures as well as expertise and resources that help partnering individuals and organizations to navigate risk through all stages of growth.

In the past 20 years, Vigen has mentored over 1000 entrepreneurs. He is currently engaged with several Canadian incubator and accelerator hubs from coast to coast.  He is also a board member on several public and private organizations such as McMaster Innovation Park, University of Toronto ICUBE, Protagenic Therapeutics and an EIR at Ryerson University, Innovate Calgary, City of Mississauga and a mentor at Next AI Montreal.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

We have identified and answered the most commonly asked questions about this topic:

Industry 4.0 is the usage of digital technologies to monitor, control, and improve machinery and processes. Adopting Industry 4.0 practices can help your company increase productivity, reduce costs, or improve the quality products or services. Industry 4.0 is not solely for manufacturing. Whether you are a company focused on manufacturing, life sciences, or other industries, you can benefit from adopting Industry 4.0 technologies and practices such as going paperless, collecting real-time data, or prototyping with 3D printing.

Visit the BDC website to learn more about Industry 4.0.

Inclusive growth means to expand your business with the diversity of all members of your community in mind. Not all groups of people have benefitted equally throughout history which has led to systemic barriers in the business world we still experience today. Growing inclusively means that these truths are kept in mind as we make business decisions such as hiring new employees, the company’s communications and messages, the supply chain and distribution channels, and many more. In this process of reconciling with the past, we must all learn to rethink the way we grow our companies.

Because not all groups were benefited equally throughout history, we are making an effort to reduce systemic barriers for people who might experience different challenges to accessing opportunities. A priority is given to businesses owned or majority-led by underrepresented groups, such as women, Black entrepreneurs, Indigenous entrepreneurs, members of racialized communities, youth, members of the LGBTQ2 community, persons with disabilities, newcomers to Canada, and members of official language minority communities. By giving priority to underrepresented groups, we wish to increase the participation in the economy and build a more inclusive and equitable workforce.

Although the systemic barriers in the business world may be experienced by people in underrepresented groups, the problems and root causes are for all to solve. By not being exclusive, we wish to reflect the diversity in Mississauga and engage everyone in the conversation of inclusivity as we grow and move forward together.

PROVIDER

Mississauga Business Entrepreneur Centre (MBEC)

The Mississauga Business Entrepreneur Centre (MBEC) is your central source for small business information, resources and guidance. Whether you are starting or growing a small business, MBEC can help.​