So, you’ve taken the leap towards realizing your dreams of establishing a successful business in Canada. Congratulations!
If you’ve gone through (or are going through) Synergy Lab’s Pioneer Program and are applying to come to Canada through the Startup Visa pathway, you’re well on your way to becoming a Canadian entrepreneur.
At Synergy Lab, we understand the journey doesn’t conclude with the issuance of the Letter of Support from our esteemed partners at Spark Centre. In fact, this marks the beginning of a crucial phase in your entrepreneurial adventure, and we’re here to guide you through it.
Understanding Your Responsibilities
Once you receive your Letter of Support, it’s easy to assume that your part of the process is complete, and you’re solely accountable to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). However, the reality is a bit more nuanced. When Spark Centre issues the Letter of Support, they are not just offering their endorsement; they are becoming your sponsor and are vouching for both you and your business.
Accountability to Spark Centre
During the period while your application is in transit or under consideration by IRCC, you are accountable to Spark Centre. It’s not just a formality; it’s a crucial phase where you must demonstrate your commitment to developing your business and preparing for operations in Canada.
Proving Your Intent
Demonstrating Business Development
To fulfill your responsibilities, you must show us (and IRCC) that you are actively developing your business. This may include outlining your business plans, detailing your market research, showcasing your product/service development, developing marketing materials such as a website ready for the Canadian market, and demonstrating how you plan to create jobs for the local community.
Ongoing Support from Synergy Lab
Our Commitment to Creating Jobs
At Synergy Lab and Spark Centre, our primary interest is in supporting companies that are committed to creating bonafide businesses and generating employment opportunities for the local economy. This means that your efforts and progress are not only essential for your success but also for the collective growth of the community.
Embarking on an entrepreneurial journey is a courageous decision, and we commend you for choosing Canada as the destination for your business endeavors. Remember, the support from Spark Centre and Synergy Lab doesn’t end with the Letter of Support – it’s a partnership that requires your ongoing commitment and active participation. By working together, we can build successful businesses, create jobs, and contribute to the vibrant Canadian economy.
Best wishes on your entrepreneurial adventure!