Application process for the District Ventures and IBM Innovation Space

We operate two six month cohorts per year. Apply here by September 15, 2017 to be considered for Cohort II, starting November 1, 2017.

What we look for​

We are looking for looking for innovative entrepreneurs with a focus on cleantech, healthtech, fintech, agtech and the natural resources sector to apply. Not only is your idea important to us, but so are the people on your team. We are looking for entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about being a part of the DV-IBM community, and excited to learn about how to grow their business through disruptive innovation in an open and collaborative environment.

Additional Criteria

  • Must be incorporated in Canada
  • Must be solving a real life problem for an enterprise client, preferably with a minimal viable product already available.
  • Must be willing to work on the IBM Bluemix hybrid cloud development platform.

Think you're a good fit? Submit an Application Form

Met all the criteria to apply? Think you’ve got what it takes to take your company to the next level? Then fill out our Application Form and tell us why you believe your idea is the next big thing.

Please note: we do not accept companies that are not incorporated.

First contact

So your application impressed us. Now what? We will invite you to the District Ventures and IBM Innovation Space to have a quick chat about your company, your idea, and your vision.

Pitch day

Selected companies will be invited to our office for a Pitch Day in late September, where you will present your ideas to us as you would to clients or investors. Due to the volume of applications, only the best and brightest will continue further and be invited to work with District Ventures and IBM.

Getting ready

If you are selected for the program, we will begin to prep you for your journey. A Welcome Package will be provided to ensure that our partnership flows smoothly and aligns with your business goals. An official start date will be set and if you are working in our office, workspace will be allocated.

Your time here

From day one, you will be placed in an environment driven by innovation, creativity and passion to make a difference. We will work closely with your startup to help you overcome challenges, expand your networks, and maximize your potential. Throughout our program, our technical and business experts will utilize their experience and knowledge to help you turn your vision into a reality.

Need more details? Contact us

Contact us via email. Meet the team and see how the IBM Innovation Space can take your startup to the next level.