Media Release

Kingston Hosts Latin American Startups

The Kingston Scaleup Bootcamp is for international startups seeking to expand into Canada

Kingston, Ontario – October 14, 2021 – Kingston Economic Development Corporation in partnership with LatAm Startups hosted a virtual Kingston Scaleup Bootcamp on October 4 – October 8 for international businesses who are looking to expand into Canada.

LatAm Startups is a non-profit accelerator in Toronto that works exclusively with international startups. As a designated sponsor for Canada’s Startup Visa program, LatAm Startups is a pioneer in bringing the world’s top startups to Canada and helping them scale globally.

This week-long event was offered to eligible Latin American startups primarily in health-tech and clean-tech sectors planning to expand their business to Canada with Kingston being their point of entry. Nine startups from Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico participated in the weeklong bootcamp to learn how to expand their business into Canada.

“It is our mission to attract more innovative startups and foster them in Kingston. This is not only a great opportunity for Latin American startups to grow, but for Kingston’s rapidly growing startup ecosystem. If we keep this momentum, we will soon be a global startup ecosystem that attracts some of the best entrepreneurs from all around the world,” says Norman Musengimana, Business Development Manager, Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

Kingston Economic Development organized daily training sessions designed to support companies navigate the pathways to Canadian entry and introduce companies to Kingston support and expertise. Topics such as Immigration, Financing, Networking in North America, Incorporation in Canada, IP Strategy, Angel Investment, Marketing, Pivoting Business, and Kingston Partnerships were covered.

"Kingston Scaleup Bootcamp has opened the doors to connections with the startup ecosystem in Canada and gave us confidence in choosing Ontario as our next stop in our expansion plan,” says Cynthia Tellez, Co-Founder of Alfi.

Speakers from participating companies included Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, Business Development Bank of Canada, Cunningham, Sawn, Carty, Little & Bonham LLP., Judith Pineault Consulting, National Research Council Canada, Ministry of Economic Development, Ontario Centre of Innovation, Royal Bank of Canada, Southeastern Ontario Angel Network and more.

“It was wonderful to connect with startup companies from Latin America and learn about their very innovative ideas! During the intensive week-long bootcamp it was great to see our local companies and institutions coming together and supporting those startups who are looking to expand into Kingston and Canada. We're looking forward to helping them find their new home, here,” says Shelley Hirstwood, Director of Business Development.

Media Contact:
Nour Mazloum
Communications & Events Officer
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
[email protected]


About Kingston Economic Development Corporation

Kingston Economic Development Corporation is focused on building a strong community and supporting Kingston’s thriving economy. Its mission is to provide dynamic and collaborative leadership by leveraging Kingston's unique assets to create jobs and investments in order to sustain, grow, and transform Kingston's economy to meet the needs of the 21st century.