International  Startup Visa  Program

“Your bridge to the Canadian

startup ecosystem.”




This program is for international entrepreneurs looking to base their business operations in Canada.

The Treefrog International Startup Visa (SUV) Program is a fast-paced 6-week program that provides a launchpad for entrepreneurs to successfully relocate to Canada. We do this through hands-on advisory support to ventures, soft-landing skill development, tailored education offerings and upon successful completion of the program, a Startup Visa letter of support and commitment certificate.

Why Treefrog Accelerator

Pricing & $$$$ in Perks

Expert 1-1

Graduation Certificate
With Successful
Program Completion

Network With

Fully Online
Curriculum with
Live Sessions

Partner Network

Dedicated & Ongoing
Business Support

Curated Skills
Development Opportunities 

Fast, Responsive, &

Community of Over
500+ Founders

Is Our Program Right For You?


Admission Criteria

Your company can be business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-consumer (B2C)

Your company product/service incorporates some type of technology (hardware and/or software)

Your company stage is post-ideation. You may have a minimum viable product (MVP) or are already achieving sales.

You have a business plan detailing key aspects of your business objectives

You have a strategic plan to relocate to Canada, including an IP or patent strategy

You have the team required to execute your business plan

Next Steps…


Submit your application by selecting Apply Now.


Our team will review your application and if you are selected, reach out to collect more information, usually in less than 24 hours. 



You’ll be invited for a 30-minute interview where you can talk more about your business.

Receive A Graduation Certificate

When you successfully complete the program, we will provide a certificate of completion. You may be eligible to apply for our Priority Stream. Please contact us for details.



The cost of the program is:

  • CAD $30,000 (+ applicable taxes) for teams up to 5 members

Please note that fees cover the Treefrog Accelerator program, coursework preparation, and delivery. Program pricing is subject to change.

Upcoming 2023-2024

Accelerator Dates

Cohort S6

December 4, 2023 – January 26, 2024

Cohort S7

April 29 – June 7, 2024 

Cohort S8

August 26 – October 4, 2024

Cohort S9

November 4 – December 13, 2024

International Program Material Outline

Building Your Business in Canada

  • Program Introduction
  • Starting Your Life in Canada
  • Get to Know York Region
  • Setting Up Your Business In Canada
  • Business Ethics & Culture in North America
  • Banking In Canada
  • Canadian Startup Ecosystem Roundtable
  • Government Relations & Policy
  • Canadian Banking & Taxes
  • Canadian Business Law
  • Intellectual Property in Canada
  • Employment in Canada & Employment Standards Act
  • Culture of Selling in Canada

Building & Marketing Your Startup

  • Project Management
  • UX Product Design
  • Marketing Theory & Product Positioning
  • Product Market Fit
  • Pitch Practice
  • One-on-one Mentor Check-In opportunity

Business Basics

  • Regional Program Introduction
  • Pitching for Investment
  • Lean & Agile Customer Development
  • Pitching Structure
  • Startup Ecosystem
  • Pitch Practice

Sales, Strategic Partnerships, & Culture

  • Building an Enterprise Sales Process
  • Hiring & Building Culture
  • Corporate Law for Startups
  • The Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Pitch Practice
  • One-on-one Mentor Check-in

What to Build & How

  • Entrepreneurial Journey
  • Human-Centred Design Thinking
  • Product Roadmapping
  • Business Model Canvas
  • One-on-one Mentor Check-In opportunity
  • Pitch Practice

Investment & Finance

  • Accounting & Taxes
  • Government Grants & Loan Programs
  • Angel Investors
  • Seed Stage VC
  • Partner Information Session
  • Open House
  • One-on-one Mentor Check-in

Weekly Schedule*

Week 1


9:00- 10:00am

10:00- 11:00am


9:00- 10:00am

10:00- 11:00am


9:00- 10:00am

10:00- 11:00am


9:00- 10:00am

10:00- 11:00am
Weeks 2-6


9:00- 10:00am

10:00- 11:00am



9:00- 10:00am

10:00- 11:00am



9:00- 10:00am



Thursday – Friday

We will offer additional programming

on Thursdays and Fridays depending

on scheduling.


*Dates and times are subject to change




Closing Words

Each cohort concludes with a virtual or in-person showcase and networking Open House event. Guests are invited to meet with the founders to learn more about their startup, or gather for a private conversation within the virtual event space. The events are attended by diverse stakeholders in the startup community, including investors, local government, entrepreneurs, and mentors. We’ve welcomed over 430 guests to our Open Houses.

Questions? Let’s Connect.