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COVID-19: Impact Startup Visa Program

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So much hard and important work is being done by multiple businesses in this COVID-19 world and we’d like to start by recognizing them and their workers for their efforts. At Spring, we’re also striving to do our part as we continue to evolve how to provide our services most safely and appropriately during this time.

The IMPACT Startup Visa (ISV) Accelerator Program, which helps impact entrepreneurs looking to move a business and settle into a new life in Canada is one of the programs undergoing significant change.

Moving to Canada is no small feat. It involves a substantial commitment, the uprooting of family, and a transition into a new country and a new life.

While our objective has always been to provide candidates with the training, mentorship, opportunities, and connections needed to unlock growth and maximize impact in our country, what we’ve discovered is that the learning is mutual.

Through our participants, we’ve been reminded of what it means to be impact-driven, bold, brave, curious and dedicated to a lifetime of personal, professional and sustainable development. We’ve also learned—and are continuing to learn—what it really means to pick up your life and move to Canada.

Now more than ever, it’s a critical time to foster collaboration and to help each other adapt to a new normal. As a result, the ISV program will continue to run with a few modifications.

Here's what we are doing to adjust the program to account for the safety of our new candidates in light of COVID-19:
  • We’re closely monitoring and communicating with our government contacts in Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to stay updated on the latest immigration status.
 
  • Due to current travel restrictions and recommended safety protocols, we’ll be delivering the program’s coursework strictly online. As such, we’re adopting and utilizing the best in digital communication platforms to ease remote communication and foster collaboration between program managers, instructors, mentors, and candidates.
 
  • Once travel and immigration are re-allowed and we can ensure the safety of everyone involved, we still aim to deliver an in-person experience to help participants connect with our community and settle in successfully.
 

We’re about to kick off our fourth ISV cohort in May and are accepting applications for the Fall of 2020.

Call for Mentors!

Want to help welcome impact-driven entrepreneurs into Canada?

Please apply and complete this quick questionnaire if you’re interested in mentoring an entrepreneur in this cohort or in other programs. We love collaborating with values-aligned humans! 

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