Focused on solving a specific national challenge – the need for more globally competitive technology companies in Canada – we are helping emerging businesses achieve their fullest potential.

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Lazaridis Institute Scale-Up Program

The Lazaridis Scale-Up Program identifies ten of the most promising technology companies in Canada each year, bringing them together as an elite cohort that we call the Lazaridis10.

As one of these companies, you’ll engage with functional specialists based on your particular industry and challenges. Dynamic weekend modules once per month are facilitated by a diverse group of global business leaders who understand your ambitions.

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Program Architecture

As part of the Lazaridis10 you’ll…

Tap into experienced knowledge

Tap into experienced knowledge via long-term, personalized mentorships with experts who have scaled companies internationally.

Grow a national peer network

Grow a national network of scale-up companies and mentors who can open up market opportunities for your company.

Prepare for financing

Prepare for your next round of financing.

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What We’re Looking For?

Participants in the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program are founders and/or CEOs of technology companies that have:

  • Headquarters in Canada.
  • Realized a product-market fit.
  • Received market validation in the form of customer traction.
  • Recognized a minimum $1 million revenue in the past year.
  • Minimum 15 months runway at the start the program.

As a general rule, ideal companies for the program have been founded within the last three to five years. They may have graduated from an accelerator or incubator program, but this is not mandatory. They have obtained seed funding or equivalent, and may have received Series A funding.

The CEO of the company must be committed to participating in all of the program weekends, and to bringing one additional participant from their company.

Why Get Involved?

Resources For Growth

Industry experts will connect you with the resources you require, helping you to prepare your company for the next round of external investment.

Exclusive Network

Our mentors and experts represent some of the most influential and innovative entrepreneurs in the world. You won’t just meet these people: you’ll work closely together, building broad and deep relationships across Canada, in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Knowledge & Experience

Hone your skills and the expertise required to bring your company, people and product to the next level. You’ll benefit from working closely with experts from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom have successfully taken companies to global scale.

Valuable Publicity

Be recognized as one of Canada’s most promising scale-up companies. Companies selected to participate in the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program receive media exposure in their market and across North America.