Maple Accelerator Program | Expand Globally With Canada’s Startup Visa2024-05-01T14:08:40-08:00


Launch’s Maple program is designed to support international companies with their growth and expansion to North America. It provides a landing pad with resources, mentorship, strategic guidance and networking to overcome the challenges of expanding a global business and moving a family to Canada.

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The Maple Program helps founders of emerging Tech companies, currently at Seed, Series A or higher, to expand their business to North America and identify the best entrepreneur-friendly Canadian immigration program for their team members and families.


Business matchmaking for your company’s needs and expansion into North America


Ask all your questions to Launch seasoned startup mentors and industry experts

Legal support


Engage with trusted legal partners specializing in the Startup Visa program


Expand to Canada & apply for Permanent Residency in just a matter of months


Attend fundraising workshops and get exclusive introductions to investors



 Access our perks: AWS credits, Azure credits, Stripe credits, Microsoft, GitHub and more

Landing support


Get lifestyle and landing pad support for you team members & families


Connect with Launch’s unique community of 250+ founders from more than 60 countries


Launch’s Maple program is further segmented into two options Maple Express & Maple Premium. Both programs are designed to work in sync with Canada’s Startup Visa program. Maple provides all the resources needed to overcome challenges in expanding your business in a new market and rooting your family in Canada. We primarily work with companies in the tech sector.

6 Month Program
Fast-Track Your Startup's Global Expansion Journey
Exclusive Workshops, Webinars & AMAs
Pitch Support & Demo Opportunities
6 Month LaunchPad Membership
Startup Perks ($700,000 value)
Letter of Support*
Tailored Immigration Support
Incorporation & Legal Support
Alumni & Mentor Access
Launch Your Startup
Landing Support - Family, Banking, Housing
0% Equity
Fee $18,000 USD*
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12 Month Program
Build a Strong Foundation For Your Startup In Canada
Everything included in Maple Express, PLUS
Advanced Program Framework
1 Year LaunchPad Membership
Traction Learning Series
Prepare For Fundraising in North America
Non-Dilutive Funding Guidance
Business Matchmaking
Special Company Feature Via Blog & Socials
Exclusive Networking Events
Personalized Support
0% Equity
Fee $30,000 USD*
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*Letter of support will only be provided upon completion of company deliverables.
*Participation in Maple or Heli does not guarantee approval for Permanent Residency and/or Work Visa under the Startup Visa Program. Approval is at the sole discretion of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship of Canada.
*Program fee is subject to change, does not include applicable taxes, legal, immigration and settlement fees that are incurred outside of our program and is not correlated to the success and failure of the company’s immigration status, but rather to the services provided.
*Please refer to our program terms and conditions for more details.


Ideal Maple Candidate2024-02-27T13:28:33-08:00

The ideal team of candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree in Business, Technology, or related. They should have had a wealth of experience either being part of past startups, or a pedigree of building successful businesses. Some members of the team (up to 5 applicants can apply as owners) should have experience developing or managing technology products.

They are currently running a startup in one of the following areas of emerging technology: Artificial Intelligence, VR/AR/MR, Blockchain, Financial Services, Data Science, Quantum Computing, Health Tech, AgTech, PropTech, CyberSecurity, and SaaS.

They either are self-sustainable through the revenue of their company (or a previous exit) or have already raised enough investment to sustain a runway beyond both the Maple Program fees ($18,000 – $30,000 USD). Each applicant holds 10% or more of the voting rights/shares of the corporation (up to 5 people can apply as owners) and they jointly hold more than 50% of the total voting rights.

Maple Features2024-03-19T13:50:54-08:00

– Private workshops on immigration, incorporation in Canada, transferring IP to Canada, accounting and tax implications, and more.

– Lifestyle and landing pad support for your team members and families, including banking, insurance, and housing information.

– Guidance and support through your company’s immigration needs, including connections to the most experienced business immigration experts in Canada.

– Office hours with some of the brightest minds in startups and mentorship from Launch’s seasoned startup mentors and industry experts.

– Business matchmaking for your company’s needs.

– Get a better understanding of the fundraising environment in North America by attending fundraising workshops and accessing our fundraising repository (Non-dilutive sources of funding in Canada and Fundraising in North America) – Maple Premium only.

– Join Launch’s unique community of 250+ founders from more than 60 countries.

– Exclusive access to LaunchPad – LaunchPad is designed for tech startups looking to learn and grow with fellow entrepreneurs driven to build global technology businesses. Every resource & tool in the program is meticulously created for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.

– Access to up to $700,000 USD of start-up perks (including AWS credits, Azure credits, Stripe credits, Zendesk, Hubspot and more).

– Connection to investors – participate in our Demo Day and pitch competition to get exclusive introductions to investors in our network.

– Weekly online and offline events including AMAs (Live sessions to ask questions to seasoned start-up mentors), Workshops (Live Learning Sessions with mentors and partners), Standups (Group discussions to meet your fellow members and build strategic connections), Pitch Sessions (sessions for members to participate in honing their pitches), Reverse pitch sessions (Live session to ask all your burning questions to investors and request introductions to them), and more.

– Traction webinars bringing leaders from Google, Shopify, Uber and top-tier VCs.

Maple Fee2024-02-27T13:27:27-08:00

Unlike other accelerator programs, Launch takes 0% equity in your company. As Launch is a not-for-profit organization, all program proceeds will be reinvested back into building the Canadian tech and talent ecosystem. The program fees are as follows:

  1. Maple Express: $18,000 USD* broken down into 6 equal monthly payments of $3,000 USD
  2. Maple Premium: $30,000 USD* broken down into 12 equal monthly payments of $2,500 USD

*Plus applicable taxes, legal, immigration and settlement fees that are incurred outside of our program.

Note: Maple Program fees are not correlated to the success and failure of the company’s immigration status, but rather to the programming and services provided to help companies acclimate to the North American Market.

*Program Fees and Program structure are subject to change. The Launch Team updates the Maple Program fees, and associated resources regularly to stay current with evolving industry standards, best practices, and timely resources.

Maple Timeline2024-02-29T14:52:48-08:00

Our Maple Program offers two options to cater to your specific needs.

  1. Maple Express: 6 Months
  2. Maple Premium: 12 Months

Both options are further divided into multiple categories, each meticulously designed to furnish you with comprehensive information, valuable resources, and essential tools. These modules are strategically crafted to guide and assist you in the process of establishing and nurturing your business in Canada.

By the end of the program, your team will join a community of over 250 entrepreneurs worldwide. You’ll have successfully established your company in Canada, taken part in various Launch programming, and would have applied for your Canadian Permanent Residency.

For further details about the Canadian Startup Visa & Launch’s Accelerator Programs, please download the complete guide below.

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“One of the biggest reasons why I chose Launch Academy is the community. When I moved here, it didn’t feel like I was in the middle of nowhere and I felt at home. I talked to a lot of founders from the Launch community and since then they’ve been helping us with our startup and on understanding the North American market.”

Saleeh K, Co-founder & CEO at Appmaker

“Launch is a great place for startups to get their feet on the ground. They can connect you with hundreds of other entrepreneurs, funding opportunities and resources to get started. The team is super friendly and helpful with their assistance. I highly recommend working with Launch!”

Scott Hirsch, Co-founder & CTO at TalentMarketplace
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Hussein HallakHussein Hallak, Founder & CEO at Next Decentrum

“Be prepared to learn what the market wants from your company and what are the best ways to grow! Are you seeking to build a business network? Launch Academy’s community will allow you to connect with people around the world. The Launch team always helps you with a big smile!”

Rafael Krug Marques, Founder at Zero-Defect Test House


Maple includes $700,000 worth of perks including AWS credits, Azure credits, Intercom, Autopilot and many more.

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