The Global Impact Accelerator at Spring is the first in Canada to focus on global impact businesses looking to move to Canada and make the world a better place through their ventures. Vancouver is the Canadian leader for impact entrepreneurship, and is the #1 ranked startup ecosystem in Canada.
Spring’s Global Impact Accelerator is a comprehensive, 4-month program, under the banner of the Startup-Visa (SUV) Program that attracts foreign entrepreneurs who wish to establish high-growth businesses in Canada, which will support innovation and job-creation in the country.
Mission-based businesses that are focused on changing the world
Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to grow, Spring provides the tools to build a successful impact business. We know that starting a business and trying to change the world for the better is not easy; our goal is to help you maximize your chance of success as an entrepreneur.
The resources at Spring have been developed through the experience and expertise of real life entrepreneurs. The programs can be combined to create a comprehensive startup experience from ideation stage to closing Your Series A round; they are designed to foster your ability to develop innovative ideas and products that will change the world.
Spring has supported over 400 entrepreneurs, 200 companies, has helped create more than 200 jobs in our local economy and enabled early stage funding of over $8.5mn to be raised. Many of our companies have been accepted into premier accelerator programs such as Techstars, Entrepreneurs Round Table, Futurpreneur, Fledge, CTA, Radius, CDL West, The Next Big Thing (TNBT), and SRCTec.
Join Spring and build your own success.
Space is limited to 6-8 companies
The Program Includes:
Keith Ippel, CEO & Founder
With over 15 years experience as a leader in technology centric businesses, Keith has accelerated the growth of both small and large companies, launched new products, and raised over $20m in angel investment and venture capital. He has an unparalleled ability to collaborate with entrepreneurs, employees, and investors to deliver amazing products to the market. Keith is passionate about creating opportunities that previously did not exist for people and co-founded Spring to bring that into the social venture space.
Chin wants to change the world, and he believes that the best way to do that is to develop and empower other leaders to make sustainable and meaningful change. A serial entrepreneur with experience in mobile development, aerial photography, and import/export; Chin has received multiple awards for sales achievements over his +5 year experience with Bell and WIND. He leads Growth at Spring by supporting with revenue diversification, market expansion, and fine-tuning our service offerings. He has mentored and helped launch over 120 companies through the various entrepreneurship programs we offer and works closely with our entrepreneurs to help them increase their revenue.
Sana brings a global background in impact investing, investment banking and equity research, with leading roles at Renewal Funds in Vancouver and EFG-Hermes in Dubai. As Chief Impact Officer at Spring, she shares her passion for working with entrepreneurs, disruptive economic models and education. Sana is the one who helps our high growth entrepreneurs learn about the capital raising process and how to fundraise successfully. Moreover, as the driving force behind all things impact at Spring, she is committed to fostering a robust ecosystem of innovation where all stakeholders think impactfully about their footprint as they change the world for the better. Sana leads the Funding programmes at Spring, driving the content development, programme delivery and facilitation, as well as post-programme support and strategic advisory services.
Through proven processes and systems Nicole co-creates with fresh and seasoned entrepreneurs to invent their own remarkable, memorable, and profitable paths to success. Whether talking about her latest work in emotional intelligence, running an ultramarathon, being a mom, pulling big air at the XGames, or launching, growing, and selling BabyLegs, a multi-million dollar international business, Nicole is fiercely committed to sharing the powerful lessons learned along this journey. She is Spring’s Global CMO, Advisor & Facilitator, providing expertise and content on all things marketing, and helping entrepreneurs build out and execute social media plans, learn the process of content curation and creation, and understand some fundamental marketing training.
Application Process Details:
Step 1: Assess Start-up Visa Program eligibility requirements here
Step 2: Apply for the Global Impact Accelerator Program BELOW
Step 3: Once accepted into the Global Impact Accelerator Program, Spring provides you with a Letter of Support
Step 4: Please submit the Letter of Support along with the rest of the Start-up Visa Program application. Find the to Start-up Visa application package here
Before You Apply
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