Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa delivers economic development programs and initiatives that increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region.

Its goal is to make Ottawa the best place in Canada to start and grow a knowledge-based business.

Invest Ottawa services include startup incubation and mentorship, acceleration for existing companies, global business attraction and local business retention, targeted sector development, commercialization, and marketing Ottawa’s diversified economy and high quality of life.


News on Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa Opens Corporate Clinic to Help Companies Manage Innovation Effectively
Invest Ottawa has opened a corporate Innovation Clinic. The clinic will provide companies with a diagnostic of their competitive imperatives while aligning their innovation priorities and... more
Invest Ottawa Wants City to Be Canada's Most Innovative
This week Invest Ottawa unveiled its new economic development strategy for the next three years. More than 120 leaders gathered to celebrate the Ottawa's next steps, which aim to solidify Ottawa... more
Invest Ottawa Expands Board of Directors with Addition of Tobias Lutke, Other Entrepreneurs
Invest Ottawa announced this week a few notable additions to its Board of Directors. Joining the board are entrepreneurs who helped grow Ottawa’s business ecosystem by creating new companies... more
New Invest Ottawa Partnership Prepares Startups for Soft Landing in Brazil
Invest Ottawa has become the first international investment agency to create a joint agreement for developing a soft landing platform between Brazil and Canada. In association with Plug,... more
Why Ottawa is the Best City in Canada
Ottawa is the best city in Canada, according to Invest Ottawa. That may seem like a biased opinion—and, of course, it obviously is—but the organization does manage to make a compelling... more
L-SPARK Opens Call for Applications to Canadian Startups
Applications are now open for L-SPARK’s Incubator Session 1. L-SPARK is an Ottawa-based Incubator and Accelerator with a laser focus on the Enterprise Software market supported by Wesley... more
Upcoming Canadian Tech Events You Should Check Out
    Looking for something tech-related to do in the next few weeks? We’ve chosen a few of our favourite upcoming tech events happening across Canada.   The 2nd Monthly... more
L-Spark Awarded Funding from Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program
L-SPARK, a new accelerator partnership between Invest Ottawa and Wesley Clover International, has been awarded funding from the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program delivered by the National... more
Enterprise Software Accelerator L-Spark Takes Narrow Focus
A new Ottawa-based accelerator and incubator is hoping to get enterprise software startups ready for series A investment. L-Spark, which started accepting applications for its first cohort on... more
New Incubator and Accelerator L-SPARK Launches in Ottawa
Ottawa is officially home to a new incubator and accelerator, hoping to lure bright minds in enterprise software from around the world to the nation’s capital. L-SPARK, a partnership... more
Canadian Government Announces Which Startup Accelerators Will Get Funding Under CAIP
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the organizations that have been chosen to advance in the selection process for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP). He made the... more
Law Firm's Growth Program Boosts Tech Startups in Canada
Borden Ladner Gervais announced this week that it has selected startups Clear Pod and Figure of Eight, as the first companies to participate in the BLG Growth Catalyst Program. The two companies... more
Change Your Thinking: For Startups, It’s No Longer About Having an MVP, but Rather an MVJ
Steve Blank is quoted as saying that "startups aren't real companies." He suggests that startups are actually temporary organizations trying to find a scalable business model. It’s not until... more
Four Canadian Companies Join ZDG's International Incubation Centre in Ottawa
Today, China’s Zhongguancun Development Group officially opened its International Incubation Centre in Ottawa, in association with Invest Ottawa. Four Ottawa-based... more
Ottawa is Probably a More Appealing Place to Grow a Startup Than You May Think
When you think of Canada's biggest and hottest startup ecosystems, our "big three" typically come to mind first: Vancouver, Toronto, and Waterloo. These are the three that rank in the top 20 of... more
BLG Launches Catalyst Program to Support Technology Startups
Last week Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) launched a program to support both Invest Ottawa’s startup companies and other technology-based companies in the greater national capital region.... more
Invest Ottawa Celebrates Second Anniversary
Invest Ottawa this week celebrated its second anniversary with an open house showcasing a long list of major accomplishments. More than 300 local business leaders joined Ottawa mayor Jim Watson... more
Invest Ottawa Announces Winter Cohort for GrindSpaceXL Program
Eight startups have been selected to join the GrindSpaceXL accelerator program. The program offers early-stage ventures the opportunity to work in a group environment while meeting deliverables... more
Three Startups Graduate from Invest Ottawa Resident Company Program
Invest Ottawa recently recognized three resident companies as they graduated from the organization's resident company program and moved into their own office space. The three Canadian tech... more
Invest Ottawa Announces Rising Stars Ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week
This week Invest Ottawa announced Ottawa's 2013 Rising Stars as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Ottawa, which is November 18 to 24. Global Entrepreneurship Week is an annual celebration of... more
Canadian Cities Dominate North America in Cities of the Future Awards
Canadian cities dominated multiple lists of "Cities of the Future" in a North American category. In FDI's American Cities of the Future 2013/14 ranking, Toronto is ranked second behind only New... more
Invest Ottawa Announces Third Cohort for GrindSpaceXL
Today Invest Ottawa announced the nine, high-potential startups have been selected to join the GrindSpaceXL accelerator program's third cohort. GrindSpaceXL offers early-stage ventures the... more
Ottawa Ranks #1 in World for Creative Economy
There is a lot more creative talent in Ottawa than just within the walls of Shopify. Last week the Martin Prosperity Institute announced the results of its Global Cities project on the creative... more
Invest Ottawa Invites Applications for GrindSpaceXL Fall 2013 Cohort
Invest Ottawa announced this week that they are now accepting applications for their fall cohort of their GrindSpaceXL program. GrindSpaceXL is a four-month, milestone-based program which... more
Mistral Venture Partners to Raise $35 Million for New Fund Targeting Ottawa Startups
This week, Mistral Venture Partners announced the close of their first round of venture capital funding. The fund was originally slated to close at $10 million, but managing director Code Cubitt... more
Ottawa Becomes Home to Canada's First China-focused Startup Incubator
China's Zhongguancun Development Group, with assets worth $11 billion, has selected Ottawa as a site for a technology incubation centre. It's ZDG's second site in North America and first in Canada.... more
Ottawa is Hosting the Second-most Global Entrepreneurship Week Activities in the World
According to said Invest Ottawa's Bruce Lazenby, "Ottawa rises to the challenge and we are once again Canada's top city when it comes to recognizing the importance of our entrepreneurs." Running... more
Meet Invest Ottawa's New Executive Dream Team
Invest Ottawa, which delivers economic development programs and initiatives that aim to increase entrepreneurial momentum, wealth, and jobs in the City of Ottawa and its surrounding region,... more
Ottawa has a new attitude in economic development
Invest Ottawa officially opened its doors to about 500 people on Tuesday to show the “flagship” of the City’s $5.5 million annual economic development strategy. The new... more
Eastern Ontario commercialization program receives $2 million in provincial funding
OCRI's investment and commercialization program has received $2.25 million of provincial funding to serve knowledge-based companies across Eastern Ontario. The new Eastern Ontario Regional... more
Today the last day to register teams for OCRI Hockey Challenge
On February 23–24th, the puck drops for networking and fun with fellow technology companies at the OCRI Hockey Challenge, held at the Bell Sensplex. Team-building, networking and fun will... more
Ottawa looks to bring more Swedish tech to the city in wake of Ericsson profits
Purchasing Nortel assets during the Ottawa tech firm’s bankruptcy sale last year has paid off handsomely for Swedish telecom giant Ericsson, which posted record Q3 profits last week. Now a... more
Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation gets $240,000 grant
The Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation received a $240,000 grant from the Federal Government Thursday for the centre's global marketing team, which has been out promoting Ottawa's... more
More business expected between Ottawa and Cambridge, U.K. wireless sectors
Representatives from the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation crossed the Atlantic to the Future of Wireless International Conference in Cambridge, U.K to promote Ottawa’s wireless... more
2010 OCRI awards finalists announced
The Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation has announced the finalists for the 2010 OCRI awards yesterday. Whittling down 86 nominations to 36, the awards will recognize the achievements of... more
Nominations open for Ottawa Bootstrap Awards and the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation have partnered to present the Annual Exploriem Bootstrap Awards. The awards recognize small Ottawa businesses that have been... more
The Woz is coming to Ottawa this Wednesday
OCRI, in partnership with INSA and the Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE), is pleased to present a keynote presentation by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak on Wednesday, August 19th. The... more
Survive and Thrive in Ottawa
The Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) along with the City of Ottawa have launched a resource to help small and medium businesses cope with the recession. Survive and Thrive Ottawa... more
Ottawa High School Technology Program awards first crop of students
Last night, the Ottawa High School Technology Program honoured its first crop of 48 students at an awards ceremony in Kanata. The Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation initiative aims to get... more
Geist on Digital Advocacy and its impact on Business, Policy and Government
The Ottawa eBusiness Cluster is hosting an event on May 20th titled Digital Advocacy and its Great Impact on Business, Policy and Government featured Canada featured Dr. Michael Geist as the guest... more
OCRI reveals the secrets behind Government financing
The Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation in partnership with Ottawa’s technology clusters are presenting their 4th annual funding focused event this Wednesday, April 29th. VC and... more
Impact of Credit Crunch on eCommerce
This month the Ottawa eBusiness Cluster is tackling the Impact of Credit Crunch on eCommerce and Banking during their monthly networking event. Guest speaker Marwan Forzely, President and CEO of... more
OCRI presents Emerging Technologies Event
On Wednesday, December 17th, Ottawa's technology clusters, OCRI Global Marketing and PricewaterhouseCoopers are hosting an event that focuses on developments in Information, Communications,... more
OCRI welcomes two new startups to Business Accelerator
Last week the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) welcomed two new startups into its Business Accelerator program. Just months after the successful graduation of IPeak Networks from... more
eBC covers e-Commerce in Ottawa
The Ottawa eBusiness Cluster (eBC) invites you to attend their monthly networking event titled e-Commerce - Finding, Keeping and Converting Website Traffic with guest speaker, Carolyn Gardner,... more
OCRI Leader steps down
Jeffrey Dale, president of the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), announced yesterday that he is resigning after seven years as leader of the lobby group. His departure comes with... more
Top Canadian Companies Competition
The application deadline for Canada's Top 10 Competition has been extended to Sept. 11th - so if you're looking to raise between $2 and $50 Million, get your entry in now. The OCRI sponsored... more

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