Apply to the District Ventures and IBM Innovation Space

We operate two six month accelerator programs per year. Apply here to be considered for Cohort V. 

Please complete all required fields as outlined. 

Application Process


We are looking for innovative entrepreneurs with a focus on energy, healthcare, financial services, agriculture and blockchain 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.

What we look for


To be eligible to participate in the District Ventures and IBM Innovation Space and IBM Global Entrepreneur Program, an Entrepreneur (Start-up, Scale-up):

  • Must be willing to work on the IBM Cloud development platform.

  • Must be solving a real life problem for an enterprise client, preferably with a minimal viable product already available.

  • Must be incorporated in Canada and must have been founded within the 5 years immediately preceding the application.

  • Must have less than US $1M in revenues during the last 12 months.

  • Must not have been a paying customer for IBM Cloud services prior to application.

Additional Criteria


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 at the top of this page and tell us why you believe your idea is the next big thing.

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


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 and your vision.

First contact


Selected companies will be invited to our office for a Pitch Day, 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.

Pitch Day


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.

Getting ready


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.

Your time here


Contact us via email. Meet the team and see how the District Ventures and IBM Innovation Space can take your startup or scale-up to the next level.

Need more details?

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