services for entrepreneurs

financing resources

financing your business can be a real challenge if you don't know what your options are. fortunately, we've outlined some of the options available to help you find your way.

For a better understanding of the different terms used in financing your business, consult our glossary.


financing opportunities for your company

Innovative Solutions Canada

what: funding of up to $150,000 for the first phase, with the possibility of $1 million to develop a prototype if the project is selected.

for whom: innovative companies in the pre-commercial phase that can be tested in a real-life environment

Innovative Solutions Canada offers both challenge and test components to help companies and SMEs. Innovative Solutions can lead to funding to develop a proof of concept, develop a prototype and possibly even secure a Government of Canada contract as a first-time buyer.


what: line of credit (max. $15,000), business credit card (max. $1,000) and grant (max. $5,000)

for whom: entrepreneurs aged 18 to 39 who are starting up, taking over or have owned a business for less than 3 years.

Créavenir, by Desjardins Entreprises, offers financing to young entrepreneurs who do not have the collateral or downpayment required to obtain conventional financing.

*Note that on the island of Montreal, Créavenir's offer has now been enhanced.


what: loans from $20,000 to $450,000

for whom: start-up, growth or buy-out/buy-in entrepreneurs with an impact project

Evol offers financing to diversified and inclusive impact businesses in the form of conventional loans, accompanied by support tailored to the entrepreneurs' reality.

La Ruche

what: participatory funding campaign with the possibility of additional funding in the form of a grant, loan or subsidy

for whom: entrepreneurs and organizations with a specific project, wishing to validate a market or publicize their initiative

La Ruche promotes the emergence of projects that stimulate the economy, influence and vitality of Quebec's regions, through a local participatory financing platform.

guides and search tools for financing

Espace CDPQ's partner funds

quality venture capitalists

by: Espace CDPQ

Espace CDPQ is convinced that Quebec's innovative companies need access to investment capital, support, expertise and structured networks to accelerate their growth and internationalization.

Quebec investor directory

by: Réseau Capital

the investor directory brings together on a single platform over 270 investors active in the Quebec market. the perfect place to find out more about the venture capital funds available to support your company's growth.

Government of Canada business assistance search tool

by: Innovation Canada

Innovation Canada has developed a search tool to help your company find the programs and services it needs to grow.