IMPACT Startup Visa Program

For socially and environmentally driven entrepreneurs seeking to move to Canada under the Startup Visa immigration pathway

Spring’s IMPACT Startup Visa (ISV) offers cohort-based virtual incubation and acceleration programs. We help immigrant entrepreneurs who own businesses that create a positive social or environmental impact, move to Canada, apply for Permanent Residence status and scale globally through the Canadian Startup Visa immigration pathway. 

How do we do it? Apart from delivering the programs, we provide you with support and a community to help you make Canada the new home for your venture.

Many of us at Spring are either immigrants or have parents who have immigrated to Canada. While we cherish our current lives here, we have deep ties with our respective home countries. We see our being in Canada as an opportunity to bridge our communities back home with new opportunities and vice versa. Let us help you make a big life-changing move easier so you can focus on what really matters—people, planet and profit.

Entrepreneurship is not an intellectual exercise, it's an emotional one. A leap of faith. But, it's an exciting leap of faith because you can do it in a way that's not blind. At Spring, we wrap the tools, training, resources, mentorship and capital around our entrepreneurs to get their business on a clear path to changing the world.

Keith Ippel, Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Spring Activator

As a designated partner to the Canadian Government’s Start-Up Visa Program, we help entrepreneurs like you immigrate and move their businesses to Canada. Our online IMPACT Startup Visa Program combines the training, mentorship, opportunities, and connections needed to successfully scale in North America. 

As a certified B-Corporation, we’ll also work with you to fine-tune the positive social and environmental impact you’re passionate about making through your business.



Please note that we accept applications on a rolling basis. We are currently evaluating applications for eligibility in the Winter cohort of the Impact Startup Visa Accelerator (program begins February 2023) and our Spring cohort of the Impact Startup Visa Incubator and Premium Incubator (program begins April 2023).


The Programs Focuses on Five Core Objectives:
  • Providing you with pre-program support on setting up the right foundation for your business in Canada
  • Introducing you to the Canadian entrepreneurship ecosystem and to our consumer and business cultures 
  • Delivering training and mentorship that cover all aspects of doing business in Canada
  • Helping you maximize your impact on the world through better impact definition and measurement
  • Teaching you the process and sharing the tools you need to successfully raise capital to fuel your efforts

Choose an IMPACT Startup Visa Stream

ISV Incubator

The IMPACT Startup Visa Incubator is a 3-month program for entrepreneurs who want to develop a clearly defined Minimum Viable Product and launch plan.

Premium Incubator

The IMPACT Startup Visa Premium Incubator begins with a 3-month long core incubator program and includes one year of access to premium services.

ISV Accelerator

The IMPACT Startup Visa Accelerator is a 3-month program offered to revenue -generating businesses that want to expand into North America.

Watch Our Recent Alumni Spotlight Event

We’re excited to have featured David Alva, Co-Founder of Proximity and a recent IMPACT Startup Visa Program graduate on our recent info session! Hear about David’s journey from Peru to Vancouver and how and why he started his impact business. 

Details | May 25 from 9 am to 10:15 am PST 

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