Joorney Canada Webinar - The Startup Visa: Getting the Letter of Support

The Startup Visa is a popular program in Canada for foreign innovators and entrepreneurs. Among the primary requirements, successful applicants must receive a letter of support from a designated organization. These designated organizations are government-recognized accelerators, angel investors, and venture capital firms that are able to support growing businesses in their startup journey.

We’ve teamed up with Manitoba Technology Accelerator (MTA), a leading designated organization, to learn more about how this program works. Join us as we sit down with Marshall Ring, MTA’s CEO, as we aim to answer the most pressing questions about the Startup Visa process, what it takes to obtain the letter of support, and how MTA supports promising technology businesses in their development and growth.

Marshall Ring is the CEO of Manitoba Technology Accelerator (MTA). MTA is a leading participant of the Start-up Visa Program of Canada and focuses on providing support to early-stage scientific and technology-based businesses. Marshall has over 20 years of experience in company formation and mentoring up-and-coming tech businesses and holds a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management specializing in Community Economic Development.

Marianella Manzur is a bilingual MBA Graduate with Harvard Studies in Sales and Strategy. She has acquired broad knowledge of the business environment from working with clients in numerous industries. She is the VP of Joorney Business Plans Canada, successfully serving hundreds of Canadian business immigrants every year.

February 25, 2021

Meet Marshall Ring, Founder and CEO of the Manitoba Technology Accelerator – an organization that helps to commercialize disruptive technologies into businesses ready to scale nationally and internationally. In this podcast Marshall explains on what it’s like to grow a start-up ecosystem, some exciting success stories from the Canadian prairies, and shares really important advice

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March 7, 2019

MTA is now building a connection across Western Canada organizing the Incubators and Accelerators involved with MedTech to help bring critical mass of deal flow and skill sets to help our region present a stronger image to international collaborators.

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January 28, 2019

We focused on building companies in our back yard.  We didn’t look to build an ecosystem, or innovations.  We focused on building companies.  We measured our progress against jobs created, revenues earned and investments secured.  MTA has now earned the right to attract start-ups from around the world to Winnipeg and continue our efforts to

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December 19, 2018

The tech industry in Winnipeg in growing. And, so is the Exchange District. Check out the full article, and Marshall’s take on growth in the next two years, here.      

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November 8, 2018

Our focus has been to build companies and be heads down.  Now with some success, we are starting to form partnerships with other high performing organizations.  The power of a team is incredible.  BAI’s should seek out relationships, define projects with clear roles and responsibilities and then see the how 2+2 = 7 when you

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October 1, 2018

We are now thinking about expanding the growth of our clients to international markets.  We have tested a “joint venture model” in China and the model seems to work well.  The joint venture model aligns the financial interests of a local VC with the Canadian start-up which assigns market rights for the technology into the

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August 15, 2018

This month MTA is beginning our Start Up Visa program with the aim of bringing world class talent to Manitoba and opening the possibility for accelerating our efforts to make Winnipeg the Start-Up capital of Canada.  What serves us well in determining if this extension of our activities is within scope is the two key

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July 3, 2018

June brought a surprise with an unexpected and immediate reduction in funding from government supporters.  The realization is that incubators, like companies, should be cautious about relying on one or two customers.  Incubators should consider pursuing core funding in exchange for growing jobs and taxes for a regional economy.  For example, the companies MTA helped

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