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Ontario Centres of Excellence

Industries: Research and development in the physical| engineering and life sciences · Research and development in the social sciences and humanities

325 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 2Y1

WebsiteEmail Andreas.waller@oce-ontario.orgCall (416) 861-1092

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Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) connects entrepreneurs, startups, industry, academia & investors to commercialize innovation and compete globally.


Market Readiness Fund

On behalf of the Government of Ontario, OCE supports early-stage companies that are raising pre-seed and seed investments (total round sizes range from $500,000 to $2 million). Market Readiness is a competitive co-investment fund.  With more than 300 companies considered for funding each year, OCE completes 30-40 investments a year.


  • Companies that have raised less than $1 million in third-party capital (excludes friends and family) are eligible for their first MR investment.
  • Incorporated for no more than five years (Ontario or Canadian for-profit incorporation) and have principal operations in Ontario
  • Currently or previously affiliated with a campus linked accelerator, incubator, or on-campus entrepreneurship activities in Ontario, or currently or previously affiliated with a Regional Innovation Centre and have previously received funding from other OCE programs (excluding the TalentEdge Program).
  • Companies with their team/IP origin at a university (“university spin-out”), college or research hospital are also eligible, even if not Campus-Linked Accelerator-affiliated.


Learn more about Market Readiness Fund at



Jeff Van Heumen
Business Development Manager and Automotive Sector Lead
(226) 235-0444

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