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Who can apply for the Maple Program?

Anyone who is interested in applying for the Start-up Visa Program and wants to build a relationship with Launch Academy. Although it is not mandatory to go through Launch Academy to apply for the Start-up Visa Program, successful participants will receive a Support Certificate required for the Start-up Visa Program Application if they wish.

Applicants who already have support from another designated entity may sign up for the Maple Program without going through Launch Academy's application process.


Each applicant will need to meet strict guidelines provided by the Start-Up Visa Program and Launch Academy. Shortlisted applications will then be reviewed by a panel of judges before being accepted into our Maple Program. Succesful applications are reviewed for the following: 

  1. Why does [the business] want to move to Canada? There must be proof of a valid business related reason for the move.
  2. Would [the applicant(s)] be an asset to Canada? Would your skillset be relevant to furthering innovation in Canada, and contribute to exciting new businesses?
  3. Would [the business] be an asset to Canada? Is the business something that is relevant and viable in Canada? Is there a track record or proof that the business can be sustainable and grow to create jobs in Canada?
  4. Is your business in one of the areas that emerging technical areas that Launch Academy is looking to work with? The areas include Artificial Intelligence, VR/AR/MR, Blockchain, Financial Services, Data Science, Quantum Computing, Health Tech, CyberSecurity, and SaaS.
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