**Applications no longer being accepted**

Start Wise is a pilot program in London & St Thomas recently launched by the Ontario government. The program offers grants of up to $5,000 to qualifying entrepreneurs, over the age of 30, to start and grow their businesses.

Start Wise provides: 

  • training and business skills development to help entrepreneurs prepare a Business Plan
  • advice and guidance from a Small Business Centre Advisor to assist launching/growing the business
  • if eligible, funds up to $5,000
  • experience running a business that may better position you to obtain more traditional financing, such as a bank loan

You may be eligible for a Start Wise grant if you are:

  • Over the age of 30 and not in full time education
  • Proposing a new start-up business; purchasing an existing business; or operating an existing business for less than 2 years
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Ontario
  • Prepared to commit to a minimum average of 35 hours to run your business
  • Able to attend the Business Training Modules
  • Not participating in any other government funded business training program
  • Upon completion of the training modules, prepared to submit a business plan demonstrating the intended use of funds by April 22, 2016.

Interested in learning more about Start Wise?


Phil Singeris - 519-659-2882 ext. 227 or psingeris@sbcentre.ca to register for an upcoming information session.