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Innovation Cluster and Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Announce Partnership to Support Peruvian Entrepreneurs through STARTup Visa Program

May 23, 2023 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (“ICPK”) and the Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (“PCCC”) are delighted to announce a new partnership aimed at supporting Peruvian entrepreneurs. This collaboration will help introduce the Startup Visa Program to Peruvian entrepreneurs and connect Innovation Cluster clients to the PCCC network.

The STARTup Visa Program is a unique 15-month initiative backed by the Canadian federal government. It is designed to help entrepreneurs from other countries establish and grow their businesses in Canada, creating jobs and fostering economic prosperity. With three program intakes each year, in February, June, and October, the STARTup Visa Program offers a comprehensive, tailored experience that includes a 3-month virtual accelerator, milestone review, letter of support for immigration, and a 12-month incubation program in Peterborough, Ontario.

Participants in the program will benefit from startup acceleration services and individualized mentorship and coaching opportunities. The program focuses on three key areas: one-on-one mentorship, knowledge and skills training, and networking opportunities.

To further inform the PCCC members about the STARTup Visa Program, the Innovation Cluster and PCCC are hosting a joint webinar on May 25th, from 12-1 pm. The webinar will provide insights into the program, explain the application process, and discuss the benefits of participating. Interested members are encouraged to join the webinar to learn more about this unique opportunity and get their questions answered by the experts.

Camila Durate, Senior Innovation Specialist & Programs Director at Innovation Cluster, said, “We’re thrilled to partner with the PCCC to support Peruvian entrepreneurs in their journey to establish their businesses in Canada. This collaboration will help us provide invaluable resources and opportunities to Peruvian entrepreneurs.”

Ana Maria Villaran, Membership & Sponsorship Director at the Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, added, “This partnership with the Innovation Cluster is a significant step towards strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem between Peru and Canada. By working together, we can create a robust support network for our entrepreneurs and contribute to the growth and innovation of both countries.”

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 Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (PCCC)

The Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting and strengthening trade and investment relationships between Peru and Canada. Through networking events, seminars, and other initiatives, PCCC connects businesses and entrepreneurs from both countries to foster collaboration and growth.


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