Lazaridis ScaleUp Program





Personalized Mentorship. Expert-led Workshops.

Priceless Peer Networks. No Fees. No Equity.


companies from seven provinces


raised in < 3 years


companies have a woman founder or co-founder


jobs created


hours of 1:1 mentorship

scaleup program highlights

designed for busy founders

You’re busy. We get it. That’s why the ScaleUp Program is designed for maximum efficiency and major impact. Find out how Canada’s best scale-ups like Symend, Vendasta, and Terramera benefited from Lazaridis ScaleUp.

personalized mentorship

No accelerator does mentor-matching better. We take the time to understand you and your company and pair you with the right expert mentors to help you navigate your challenges and opportunities. Read more about Canada’s best mentor network with world-renowned experts from Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Shopify, Twitter, and more.

intensive, expert-led workshops

Learn from industry experts in multi-day, hands-on workshops and sessions covering leadership, product, people, finance, sales, marketing and global growth. See past agendas and speakers

priceless peer network

Founders and executives become part of a tight-knit peer group who  support  each other through the program and beyond. Join leaders from Symend, Terramera, Maple, Vendasta, Jane, Validere, and many more of Canada’s top scale-up companies.

Addressing the issues of today, keeping focus on the opportunities of tomorrow

Everyone is facing uncertainty. We can help. We’ve quickly optimized our approach to today’s environment. We’ll help you do the same. Lazaridis ScaleUp is designed to ensure you’re prepared to thrive in a world that has experienced fundamental changes in customer behavior, working models, and market dynamics.  

No Fees. No Equity.

We’re a non-profit funded by generous benefactors. Unlike other accelerators, we don’t charge fees or take equity from participating companies.


Lazaridis ScaleUp has shifted in-person programming to virtual formats. We’ve brought on new resources so cohort companies can continue to access world-class expertise through webinars, topic roundtables, breakouts, private discussion groups and an inventory of digital assets. Our expert mentors have always worked remotely. These global tech leaders, VCs, and functional specialists from Silicon Valley, New York City and across Canada, continue to provide their guidance and support to Canada’s most promising tech companies.


We look forward to resuming in-person programming, and will do so as soon as restrictions ease and we can ensure the safety of our participants.

cohort testimonials

"Lazaridis ScaleUp provides a critical resource to help Canadian companies realize their potential to scale and compete globally.”

loren padelford, gm, Shopifyplus

Scaleup webinar

The Secret to Building Great Products with dave weiss

Dave Weiss is the Co-founder of Hatch, a fast-growing, Silicon Valley-based connected device startup that is dreaming up ways to improve people’s sleep. Featured on Shark Tank — twice — Hatch is backed by True Ventures and Amazon’s Alexa fund, among others.

Watch this webinar to learn about:


  • Building and leading great product teams

  • Planning for effective product development

  • Maintaining cross-functional alignment

  • Using data to measure and guide product success  




We are looking for high-potential companies that meet the following criteria:

  • Headquartered in Canada

  • Trailing twelve month annual revenue of $2-$20m

  • Rapid revenue growth (>50%/year)

  • Sufficient capital to fund fast growth

  • Potential to be global category leader

  • Potential to play a key role in Canada's economic recovery

Application Process

  1. Apply online

  2. Selection panel of experts evaluates applications

  3. Shortlisted companies interview with selection panel via video conference

  4. Panel selects 10 companies for ScaleUp Program

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