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Canada Starthub and Innovation Cluster Form Groundbreaking Partnership to Elevate STARTup Visa Program and Accelerate Entrepreneurial Success

May 16, 2023 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – Canada Starthub, a program that prepares international entrepreneurs to apply to a designated Canadian Business Incubator, is partnering with Peterborough’s Innovation Cluster. This exciting partnership aims to support entrepreneurs and raise awareness of the STARTup Visa Program. This collaboration aims to train and empower foreign startups to advance Canadian innovation, offering remarkable benefits such as acceleration services, mentorship opportunities, coaching, and customized individual assistance for new immigrants, newcomers, small business owners, international students, and people interested in immigrating to Canada.

The STARTup Visa Program creates a unique avenue for entrepreneurs from other countries to establish and grow their businesses in Canada. Participants will enjoy a comprehensive program featuring a virtual accelerator, milestone review, immigration letter of support, and a 12-month incubation program.

On May 18th, from 12-1 pm via Zoom, the Innovation Cluster and Canada Starthub will host a joint webinar, providing insights into the STARTup Visa Program, detailing the application process, and discussing the numerous benefits of participation. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend the webinar to learn more and have their questions addressed by experts.

Camila Duarte, Senior Innovation Specialist & Programs Director at Innovation Cluster, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Canada Starthub to support new immigrants, entrepreneurs, and other individuals on their journey to success in Canada. This collaboration will enable us to offer valuable resources and opportunities to the broader startup community.”

Raquel Boechat, CEO and founder at Canada Starthub, added, “This partnership with the Innovation Cluster is a significant step towards creating a strong support network for diverse entrepreneurs. By working together, we can contribute to the growth and innovation of the Canadian startup ecosystem.”

For more information about the upcoming webinar, please visit:


About the Innovation Cluster 

Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (ICPK) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs to launch, grow and scale their businesses. They help entrepreneurs reach their business goals so that our local community, job market, and economy continue to grow.

The ICPK supports startup businesses by providing dynamic programming, mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs through three core programs.

STARTUP INCUBATOR – a full-service Startup Incubator Program

STARTup Visa Program Canada – an Immigrant Entrepreneurship Program

FastStart – Student Entrepreneurship Program

For more information on the ICPK, visit Innovation Cluster at 

Core Funding is provided by The City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, The City of Kawartha Lakes, OMAFRA, Feddev Ontario, and Franklin Empire. 


About Canada Starthub

Canada Starthub is a startup program and the first platform in the market supporting the first steps of international entrepreneurs applying for a designated Canadian business incubator, from the preparation process, incubator application and continuous guidance. Their consultants and professional mentors support the internationalization of businesses, develop leadership and communication skills, and guide the preparation of globally-minded business plans. The organization aims to train and empower foreign startups to accelerate at the epicenter of Canadian innovation. For more information on Canada Startup, visit  


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