Pitch’Day is Innovate Manitoba’s quick pitch competition open to anyone with a business idea. It is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs looking to kick-start their ventures with cash, prizes, and more.
Government of Canada
Futurpreneur Canada (formerly CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing Canada’s economy through supporting entrepreneurs.
For young entrepreneurs aged 18 -39: Along with target programs and mentoring to assist you with your business, you can apply for up to $45,000 in financing. Manitoba’s contact is Joelle Foster – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canada Media Fund (CMF)
The CMF delivers financial support to the Canadian television and digital media industries through two streams of funding. The Experimental Stream encourages the development of innovative, interactive digital media content and software applications. The Convergent Stream supports the creation of convergent television and digital media content for consumption by Canadians anytime, anywhere.
Western Innovation Initiative (WINN)
WINN, presented by Western Economic Diversification Canada, is a $100 million five-year federal initiative that offers repayable contributions for SMEs with operations in Western Canada to move their new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.
Government of Manitoba
Commercialization Support for Business Program
This program is designed to help entrepreneurs every step of the way at every stage of the business cycle. It offers three streams: Product Development, Commercialization, and Market Development.
Small Business Venture Capital (SBVC) Tax Credit Program
The SBVC tax credit program assists eligible small business corporations to issue new equity to primarily new investors. Eligible small business corporations can issue eligible shares for new equity investments of $100,000 up to a maximum of $10 million. Eligible investors who purchase eligible investments are able to earn a 45% non-refundable tax credit against Manitoba taxes payable.
The Young Entrepreneurs Program is a component of Partners With Youth, which is a Provincial program operated by the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Children and Youth Opportunities and Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade. The program encourages Manitoba’s young people to start their own full-time businesses and pursue self-employment as a career choice. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis from youth aged 18 to 29 years. Under the Young Entrepreneurs program, approved applicants are eligible for a grant of up to $4,000 to help defray business start-up cost and capital expenditures.
Programs for Social Enterprises
The Province of Manitoba has several programs to support social enterprises, including financial support, training, counseling, and other services.
Business Start Program (BSP)
BSP is a loan guarantee program with an educational component. Loans to new owner-managed businesses are provided through participating financial institutions and guaranteed by the Manitoba Government. The five-year term loan is a $30,000 maximum amount with an interest rate of prime plus one percent and a one-year deferral of principal repayment. Loan proceeds can provide funds for capital needs and working capital purposes.
Aboriginal Youth Mean Business (AYMB)
AYMB hosts a comprehensive list of resources that can assist aboriginal youth in financing their businesses and more.