NEED HELP LAUNCHING YOUR BUSINESS IDEA?
Are you an entrepreneur with a new business or business idea that you’re ready to take to the next level but can’t secure financing from traditional sources? Do you have an amazing business idea but need guidance on how to move it forward? Have you experienced mental health or addiction challenges that are a barrier to your success?
We can help.
Through access to low-interest loans, free training programs, mentorship and other custom supports, Rise helps Canadians build small businesses that empower them to support themselves, their families and their communities.
Complete the Rise Navigator questionnaire to discover which program is the best fit for you!
GET STARTED WITH OUR SELF-DIRECTED ONLINE PROGRAM:
EnterpRISEing You is a go-at-your-own-pace online program for aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages. You will complete 15 virtual modules to learn essential business skills, build confidence and begin developing a business plan. Once complete, you’ll be connected with a Rise Business Advisor for a personal consultation and support with the next steps.
DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SMALL BUSINESS BUT NEED FINANCING AND PERSONAL GUIDANCE?
Small Business Lending Program
The Rise Small Business Lending Program provides entrepreneurs unable to secure traditional financing with an opportunity to access low-interest loans, mentorship and other supports to help them build a small business.
From the start of the application process, you will be connected with a Rise Business Advisor for personalized support to complete your loan application. If approved, Rise will match you with a mentor for a year of one-on-one guidance and support.
ARE YOU OVER 30? READY TO BUILD YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS AND A BUSINESS PLAN?
Peer Supported Startup Program
The Peer Supported Startup Program (PSSP) provides entrepreneurs aged 30+ with access to skills training, business guidance and the support of a peer network. In addition to virtual classroom sessions, you will work in small groups with a volunteer mentor to develop your business plan.
As a graduate of this 8-week program, you will receive a $300 start-up grant.
ARE YOU BETWEEN 16 AND 29 YEARS OLD WITH A BUSINESS IDEA TO DEVELOP?
Youth Small Business Program
The Youth Small Business Program (YSBP) supports young people aged 16-29 to learn the basics of building a small business and helps them apply those skills to developing an informed and actionable business plan. Founded in mental health mindfulness and delivered over 8-10 weeks, YSBP participants actively contribute to twice-weekly facilitator-led lessons and group mentorship sessions that can empower them as more confident, capable entrepreneurs. Whether you’re looking to enter the gig economy, launch a side hustle or build a full-time business, YSBP is the perfect place to begin your journey.
As a graduate of YSBP, you will receive a $500 start-up grant.
DO YOU IDENTIFY AS A WOMAN, TRANS WOMAN OR NON-BINARY AND ARE LOOKING FOR A SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING PROGRAM DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO SUPPORT YOU?
Women+ Entrepreneurship Program
The Women+ Entrepreneurship Program empowers diverse women, trans women and non-binary individuals (women+) with the skills and confidence to pursue self-employment. Trauma-informed and built on inclusive, decolonized and accessible feminist philosophy, it is a safe space where you’ll work closely with peers, expert facilitators and experienced mentors to learn business fundamentals, develop a business plan and pursue success as you define it.
Delivered over 8-10 weeks, the women+ program is offered in English and French.
INTERESTED IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP BUT NOT QUITE READY TO APPLY FOR A PROGRAM?
Try the Rise Idea Generator
The Rise Idea Generator is a three-part video workshop that will help you explore your ideas and gauge whether or not you are ready to begin your entrepreneurial journey.
Watch the videos at your own pace and complete the activities to:
- Learn more about the pros and cons of self-employment
- Explore your entrepreneurial traits and whether running a business is right for you
- Understand important elements for designing a business
- Unleash your creativity and begin turning the things you love into business ideas