Community Connections
The Manitoba entrepreneurial ecosystem is vibrant, active and knowledgeable and offers a large variety of support for our budding entrepreneurs!

North Forge Technology Exchangeis an innovation-based economic development agency and a powerhouse community to fuel Manitoba’s innovation economy providing entrepreneurs with award-winning mentors, rockstar subject matter experts and a two-stage startup program. Armed with Canada’s largest non-profit fabrication lab, we operate out of 27,000 square feet across Innovation Drive and Innovation Alley in Winnipeg, Canada.

U of M Partnerships & Innovation (P&I) oversees intellectual property (IP) at the University of Manitoba, manages technology-based alliances with local and global partners, facilitates research partnerships with local and global industries, enables start-up ventures and supports interactions between the university, industry and community partners.

Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is a national knowledge network and accessible digital platform for sharing research, resources, and leading strategies. With nine regional hubs and a network of more than 75 partners, WEKH is designed to address the needs of diverse women entrepreneurs across regions and across sectors. WEKH’s advanced technology platform, powered by Magnet, will enhance the capacity of women entrepreneurs and the organizations who serve them by linking them to resources and best practices from across the country.

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Futurpreneur has an internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 3,000 volunteer mentors.

The World Trade Centre Winnipeg (WTC Winnipeg) is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, the leading international trade network, representing more than 300 World Trade Centres in nearly 100 countries.The WTC Winnipeg provides support to Manitoba companies looking to grow their business beyond Manitoba and provides services to international companies interested in doing business with Manitoba companies. The WTC Winnipeg’s trade development team provides a range of services to help companies identify and pursue Targeted Trade Opportunities, explore new markets, and seek international partnership opportunities.

Tech Manitoba The ICT Association of Manitoba, is on a mission to showcase Manitoba’s innovation and grow the province’s tech sector. Through collaboration, education and promotion, we bring people together to share skills, explore ideas and build a strong community. Every year Tech Manitoba hosts quality events with industry leaders who are inventing the future, organizes training sessions where members boost their skills and champions causes that are important to the tech industry.

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years. Working with 60 universities, 4,000 companies, and both federal and provincial governments, they build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

BDC- Business Development Bank of Canada (also known as "The bank of Entrepreneurs") works with over 60,000 entrepreneurs across Canada in small and medium sizes businesses in all industries at every stage of growth with money and advice. BDC services include flexible financing, advisory services and more!

The Incubate Innovate Network of Canada (I-INC) is a pan-Canadian, internationally connected network of high-performance university-linked accelerators and incubators. I-INC creates an ecosystem for the efficient commercialization of University-based and science and technology-enabled innovation.

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is a resource for women looking to start or expand their businesses and work on an individual basis with women throughout the province to answer their questions and help them determine the steps to make their businesses successfully. In addition to the three core services: business advising, training and financing, the team at the Centre has developed innovative programs to assist women at all business stages. They deliver a variety of events, networking and mentorship opportunities to help women develop their business knowledge and expand their networks.

Junior Achievement Manitoba (JA) offers six business education programs, delivered at no cost to elementary, middle and high school students (grades 3 - 12). More than 150 schools throughout Manitoba participate in JA every year. Delivered by local volunteers, JA programs enable young people to develop essential life skills through exposure to interactive activities and innovative business solutions.

Manitoba Technology Accelerator (MTA) is a not-for-profit business accelerator located in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. MTA provides commercialization support to help promising technology start-ups go from “good idea” to “investable business”. MTA adds value to our clients in three categories: (1) Facilities and Infrastructure; (2) Mentoring and active participation; and (3) Finance and Investment opportunities. They help build out your management team and help do the work needed to be successful. MTA’s debt note pricing model means they are fully invested in the success of our clients.

Creative Destruction Lab is a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science and technology-based companies. The program employs an objectives-based mentoring process with the goal of maximizing equity-value creation.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a Global business network of 14,000+ leading entrepreneurs in 193 chapters and 60 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.

First Peoples Economic Growth Fund (FPEGF) is a not-for-profit organization with the mandate to provide financing to support Manitoba First Nation business proposals that are economically viable. The unique aspect of FPEGF is that it can provide a variety of support for First Nation owned businesses through a diverse portfolio of programs.

Louis Riel Capital Corporation (LRCC) is a Manitoba Metis-owned lending institution created to finance the start-up, acquisition and/ or expansion of viable Metis controlled small businesses based in Manitoba. 

Bioscience Association Manitoba (BAM) are passionate advocates for the province’s bioscience community. This non-profit supports 110 members across the province, ranging from agricultural biotechnology to health biotechnology to clean tech biotechnology. They help our members connect with key stakeholders and government officials by encouraging innovative partnerships. These collaborations start locally and often expand globally.