Start-up Resources in Guelph and Local Area

Business Centre Guelph-Wellington

Business Centre Guelph-Wellington provides the entry point for entrepreneurship in Guelph and Wellington County, helping individuals get into business for themselves. We support the growth and expansion of small businesses in our region. For a full list of Business Centre Guelph-Wellington events/workshops please visit their events page.

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

ONE is a vast network of mentors, innovation centres, and other entrepreneurs that you can use to establish and grow your business. ONE Centres include Regional Innovation Centres (RIC) and Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBEC); together these innovation hubs help early-stage businesses grow and mature into globally-competitive firms.

Regional Innovation Centres (RIC)

RICs offer resources to accelerate technology startups. With offices set up across Ontario, the innovation network is a central point of knowledge that entrepreneurs need to become market-ready. RICs provide value-added advice, access to capital, market intelligence, mentoring, and peer networking programs designed to help technology-oriented firms grow and succeed. Search for the closest RIC to you.

Guelph Chamber of Commerce

The Guelph Chamber of Commerce represents business organizations in the Guelph area. Membership in the Chamber is drawn from every sector of the economy, and is composed of large and mid-size businesses as well as new, entrepreneurial and home-based enterprises. 

Guelph Economic Development

Working with businesses to help them succeed. Offering assistance for building and business permits, identifying talent, expanding operations, networking and other business support services.

Canada's Food & Agri-Tech Engine

Launched by Guelph based Bioenterprise Corporation Canada’s Food& Agri-Tech Engine is a national and global partnership/membership network focused on helping businesses connect, innovate and grow. Our membership program brings research institutions, academia, industry mentors, various levels of government, incubators, accelerators and specific service providers to help members scale their business.

Utensil.ca

The Utensil Guide is free for all to use and launches online  with over 500 terms. It is fully searchable by term, acronym or sector and extends from farm through to retail and food service. With easy to understand explanations, the Guide also has links to many other credible resources. It will be continually updated, with input from users.  Utensil Guide is intended to help people who work within the food system by giving them language they need to learn about new topics and communicate more effectively.