Gateway is a market access program to allow thriving startup founders entry into the Canadian market. The program is focused on market validation and customer acquisition accelerator programming which includes valuable meetings with prospective customers and partners and mentorship by advisors with expertise in the local startup community.

Founders will be welcomed at Ryerson Futures, a top accelerator program based in Toronto. Ryerson Futures has accelerated over 50 companies with over $400MM capital raised by alumni.

Program Highlights

  • Airfare and accommodation for one founder from India to Toronto

  • Market validation and customer acquisition accelerator programming for the local Canadian market

  • Introductions to mentors and advisors with expertise in the startups industry

  • Meetings with prospective customers and partners

  • Visa support letter addressed to the Canadian embassy/consulate in India to facilitate visa approvals

  • Invitations to local startup events to pitch their solution to broader startup ecosystem stakeholders

  • Meetings with the Ryerson Futures team and local government officials to understand the process to operate in India

  • Access to Ryerson Futures marketing and communication services

Applications for Gateway for Indian entrepreneurs is now closed. Check back soon when applications open for our next cohort.

About Ryerson Futures and Zone Startups

Ryerson Futures Inc. (RFI) operates corporate accelerator programs focused on growing and investing in early-stage technology companies. RFI's programs include Zone Startups Calgary in partnership with GE and TELUS, Zone Startups Sports + Media in partnership with Rogers, Zone Startups Vietnam in partnership with VinaCapital among others, and Zone Startups India including programs with the Shell Foundation and Sodexo. Since 2013, RFI companies have raised over $600MM in external financing. For more information about Ryerson Futures, visit

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