Growth Accelerator

Futurpreneur Canada is proud to present the Growth Accelerator, an exciting opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs who are looking to take their businesses to new heights.

If you’ve launched an innovative business, have demonstrated a track record of revenue growth and are ready to make key decisions about expansion, the Growth Accelerator could be exactly what you need to take your start-up to the next level.

This initiative, launched in partnership with Spin Master Inc. and supported by Dentons Canada and Ramp Communications, is open to Futurpreneur-supported entrepreneurs who are ready to grow their start-up. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate they have an innovative and proven business model offering a unique product or service, an improved process or the potential to impact the market in new ways.

The accelerator includes two sessions over 12 months – one in the fall and another in the spring. Each participant receives over $3,000 in mentorship and coaching from Accelerator partners, as well as:

  • Travel and accommodation stipends in Toronto for accelerator workshops in Fall and Spring
  • Access to 1-on-1 mentoring with executives from Spin Master, Ramp Communications and Dentons Canada
  • Skill-building workshops from our partners
  • Networking opportunities with experts, mentors and the other selected entrepreneurs

Once the applications period has closed, each applicant is scored based on eligibility criteria. If selected to move on, each remaining applicant will need to pitch their business and growth challenge in front of a panel of judges. Up to 10 businesses will be chosen to participate in each accelerator.

Themes Covered in the Growth Accelerator:

Growth Strategies


Scaling Production

Securing Investment

Legal considerations with growth

IP and Licensing

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Foundations of Building a Business Pitch Deck

If you want to grow and scale your business, you’re likely going to need to pitch your idea at some point. Whether you’re looking for investments, working to bring on a new account or hoping to join a program like the Futurpreneur Growth Accelerator, it’s important to perfect the art of the pitch!

To support you in crafting the optimal pitch deck and knowing exactly how to use it, our friends at Spin Master Inc. have developed a resource for you. Spin Master Vice President of Sales Tom Linnemann walks you through the 12 steps every pitch needs and provides insider advice to help your pitch stand out.

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The Growth Accelerator is built on providing personalized growth support to entrepreneurs who can demonstrate:

  • A proven business model
  • A business has been active for at least 12 months
  • A product or service that has the potential to impact the market in new ways
  • An existing trajectory for revenue growth
  • A willingness to make key decisions about expansion
  • A clear focus for how to derive value from participating in the Growth Accelerator
  • A Futurpreneur loan currently in good standing, or a redeemed Futurpreneur loan

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Important Dates

Application period for Cohort 5: August 1 – September 2

Cohort 5 Pitches: September 26 & 27

Fall Accelerator: November 5, 6 and 7, 2019

Any questions, write an email to Jean-Philippe L’Écuyer, Programs Manager :

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Read Up on Past Growth Accelerators

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

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Futurpreneur-supported entrepreneurs who meet our criteria for eligibility requirements

The Growth Accelerator happens twice a year, in the spring and fall. See Important Dates for more information. Applications are accepted generally three months before the next program start date.

The Growth Accelerator is an opportunity for Futurpreneur-supported businesses to receive the coaching, resources and support required to scale their businesses to the next stage of growth. Click here to see what each participant receives if accepted in the accelerator.

Yes, but your Futurpreneur loan must be disbursed before you can apply and meet our eligibility requirements.

If you were not selected to move on to the pitch competition then you are welcome to apply again to the next round of applications when they open.

Incomplete applications cannot be considered for the Growth Accelerator but you are welcome to apply again to the next round of applications when they open.

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