Thank you for your interest in EDGE!
We help social enterprise and startup founders who are verifying their business and revenue models, building organizational structures, and refine processes to achieve financial sustainability. By introducing you to a unique blend of facilitated marketing and sales workshops, and mentorship support, we aim to boost the development of your startup or social enterprise. By completing this application, we hope to identify the most fitting support we can provide to suit your needs.
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), we are committed to accommodating entrepreneurs with disabilities. If you require accommodation to complete this survey, have any questions, or require clarification, please
Venture Legal Name
Venture Operating Name (Operating, if different than Legal Name):
Venture Mailing Address
Address Line 2
State / Province / Region
ZIP / Postal Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
French Southern Territories
Heard and McDonald Islands
Isle of Man
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Northern Mariana Islands
Palestine, State of
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
US Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Wallis and Futuna
The following optional self-identification questions are intended to help gather information and data in aggregate about who participates in EDGE programs and services. Through this data, EDGE can take actions to ensure that the EDGE community is representative of the population that we serve and recognize and remove barriers. The data is also highly informative when aggregated for current or potential funders where we can point to data about our role in building an inclusive impact entrepreneurship hub. For more information on the collection of personal information see
Prefer Not to Say
Optional - Check all that apply
Self-identify as an Indigenous person
Self-identity as a person with disability
Self-identity as a racialized person
Self-identify as a 2SLGBTQ+ person
Self-identify as a newcomer to Canada
Please indicate your age
29 and under
30 - 39
40 - 49
50 - 64
65 and over
What is / was your program of study?
Accounting Business Administration
Accounting Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Advanced Manufacturing Management
Advanced Special Effects Makeup Prosthetics and Props
Advanced Television and Film
Advertising – Account Management
Advertising and Marketing Communications – Management
Animation Honours Bachelor of
Apprenticeship Training Programs
Art and Art History (Honours Bachelor of Arts)
Athletic Therapy Honours Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences
Bachelor of Computing and Network Communications (Honours) – Internet Communications Technology
Business Analysis and Process Management
Ceramics Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Chemical Engineering Technology
Chemical Engineering Technology – Environmental
Chemical Laboratory Technician
Child and Youth Care
Communication Culture Information & Technology
Community and Justice Services
Community Pharmacy Assistant
Community Safety Honours Bachelor of
Community Worker – Outreach and Development
Computer Animation – Digital Character Animation
Computer Engineering Technician/Technology
Computer Systems Technician – Software Engineering
Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering
Computer Systems Technology – Systems Analyst
Creative Industries Management
Creative Writing and Publishing Honours Bachelor of
Digital Creature Animation – Technical Direction
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education – Intensive
Early Childhood Leadership Honours Bachelor of
Educational Support – Fast Track Intensive
Electrical Engineering Technician
Electromechanical Engineering Technician/Technology
Electronics Engineering Technician/Technology
English Language Studies (ESL)
Film and Television Honours Bachelor of
Finance Business Administration
Finance Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Fundamentals of Fitness Leadership
Furniture Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Game Design Honours Bachelor of
Game Development – Advanced Programming
Game Level Design
General Arts and Science – College Profile
General Arts and Science – University Profile
Glass Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Human Resources Management
Human Resources Management Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Human Resources Business Administration
Illustration Honours Bachelor of
Industrial Design Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Information Systems Security Honours Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences
Information Technologies Support Services
Interaction Design Honours Bachelor of
Interactive Media Management
Interior Design Honours Bachelor of
International Business Management
Internet Communications Technology
Investigation – Public and Private
Journalism – New Media
Kinesiology and Health Promotion Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences
Makeup for Media and Creative Arts
Marketing Management Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Marketing Business Administration
Mechanical Engineering Technician/Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technician/Technology – Design & Drafting
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Engineering
Mobile Computing Honours Bachelor of Computer Science
Music Applied to Stage Screen and Interactive Visual Environments (MASSIVE)
Music Theatre Performance Honours Bachelor of
Office Administration – Executive
Office Administration – Health Services
Office Administration – Legal
Performing Arts – Preparation
Personal Support Worker
Photography Honours Bachelor of
Plumbing Mechanical Techniques
Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
Public Relations – Corporate Communications
Quality Assurance – Manufacturing and Management
Social Service Worker
Social Service Worker – Gerontology
Supply Chain Management Honours Bachelor of Business Administration
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Plus)
Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry
Textiles Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design
Theatre and Drama Studies (Honours Bachelor of Arts)
Tool and Die Maker Mechanical Techniques
Tool Making Mechanical Technician
Visual and Creative Arts
Visual Merchandising Arts
Welding and Fabrication Technician/Welding Techniques
York University/Sheridan College Program in Design
Start typing to search your program of study.
How did you hear about EDGE? Check all that apply
Word of mouth
Please specify which event
Sheridan - Please specify
Co-curricular record (CCR)
Why do you think pursuing entrepreneurship or changemaking is a good fit for your personal and professional skills and interests?
What is it about this venture idea (versus others you may have considered) that makes you want to pursue it further?
What is your social enterprise or startup ideas’s main sector?
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Apparel & Fashion
Architecture & Planning
Arts and Crafts
Aviation & Aerospace
Business Supplies and Equipment
Civic & Social Organization
Commercial Real Estate
Computer & Network Security
Defense & Space
Food & Beverages
Glass, Ceramics & Concrete
Health, Wellness and Fitness
Hospital & Health Care
Import and Export
Individual & Family Services
Information Technology and Services
International Trade and Development
Logistics and Supply Chain
Luxury Goods & Jewelry
Marketing and Advertising
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Mental Health Care
Mining & Metals
Motion Pictures and Film
Museums and Institutions
Nonprofit Organization Management
Oil & Energy
Packaging and Containers
Paper & Forest Products
Professional Training & Coaching
Public Relations and Communications
Recreational Facilities and Services
Renewables & Environment
Security and Investigations
Staffing and Recruiting
Venture Capital & Private Equity
Wine and Spirits
Writing and Editing
Search industries by typing. If you cannot find your sector, search "Other".
Have you legally registered your social enterprise or startup?
Definitions of Legal Structures
- must be dd-mm-yyyy format
Date Format: DD dash MM dash YYYY
The Business Number (BN) is a unique number the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) assigns your business as a tax ID. It is a nine-digit number that is unique to your business and that is used when dealing with federal, provincial, or local governments.
Do you consider your venture a social enterprise?
A social enterprise can be either a non-profit or for-profit venture that uses entrepreneurial tools and market-based strategies to achieve social or environmental impact goals.
I'm not sure
Which of the UN Sustainable Development Goals does your company strive to achieve? (Check any that apply)
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Good health and well-being
Clean water and sanitation
Affordable and clean energy
Decent work and economic growth
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Sustainable cities and communities
Responsible consumption and production
Life below water
Life on land
Peace, justice, and strong institutions
Partnerships for the goals
Describe a way in which your social enterprise or startup idea strives to be accessible and inclusive (i.e. reaches a diverse audience; aspires to have a positive impact on underrepresented groups; etc.) (1000 characters)
Venture website (if applicable)
Social Media Handles
Do you have team members?
Skills & Experience
This is not a test. It is simply a way to help us accurately identify your needs and offer you the most relevant support. If there are questions that you don’t have answers to, do your best to complete them with the information you have available or feel free to respond with an “n/a”.
Briefly describe your social enterprise or startup idea and why it’s unique. (500 characters)
Describe the problem(s) your social enterprise or startup idea is solving for your target user/customer/client. (1000 characters)
Discuss the secondary research you’ve uncovered that supports your confidence in your social enterprise or startup’s uniqueness (i.e. market research reports, consumer reports, and any secondary research).
How many target users/customers/clients have you spoken with about your social enterprise or startup idea?
Have not had direct conversations
How did directly speaking with your target users/customers/clients lead to evolutions in your social enterprise or startup, if any?
How far along are you in developing your product/service/platform? (Select the one that applies most).
The idea is still in my mind
I made rough sketches
I built a non-funct ioning prototype
I tested my non-functioning prototype with a few potential users
I built a limited function prototype that has changed several times according to feedback from potential users
I identified how to turn my prototype into a product or service that can be sold.
I created a product or service that can be sold.
I am ready to sell (ie. have product inventory, defined service packages, platform membership packages, etc.)
How much revenue has your venture generated in the past 3 months?
How much revenue has your venture generated in the past 6 months?
How much revenue has your venture generated in the past 12 months?
How much revenue has your venture generated in the past 24 months?
How much expense has your venture incurred in the past 3 months?
How much expense has your venture incurred in the past 6 months?
How much expense has your venture incurred in the past 12 months?
How much expense has your venture incurred in the past 24 months?
How long does it take for you to complete a sales cycle (from initial contact to payment)?
Describe your sales process from identifying a lead, making initial contact with a customer, to receiving payment from them.
What Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system (i.e. Hubspot, Salesforce, Excel, Google Sheets, etc.) are you using to organize your sales process? In 5 sentences maximum, describe how you use this tool. (500 characters)
Please upload a copy of your venture's most up-to-date pitch deck. (8MB Max)
Accepted file types: ppt, pptx.
Follow the format outlined
. Keep your slides visually appealing, with further detail provided in the notes. If you don't have enough information for any of the slides, please describe why and explain any challenges you have faced in this area.
Maximum file size - 8 mega bytes.
Needs and Opportunities
What milestones do you look to achieve in the next 4-6 months?
Why are you interested in joining EDGE and how do you hope we can support you? (1000 characters)
What learning outcomes do you hope to achieve by being an EDGE member (1000 characters)
Will you or a member of your founding team be able to commit to workshops and mentorship that may take up to 3-5 hours a month for the next 4-12 months?
Is there anything else you'd like us to know? (1000 characters)
At which campus would you prefer to attend workshops and programming post COVID-19? Please note that plans are underway to expand programming to Oakville/Trafalgar Campus, but currently focuses on Mississauga and Brampton. Select all that apply
Hazel McCallion Campus - Mississauga
Davis Campus - Brampton
Are you working with any of the following Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs Partners, or other entrepreneur-serving organizations? Check all that apply.
Brampton Entrepreneur Centre
Halton Region Small Business Centre
Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre
ICUBE (University of Toronto)
Humber Centre for Entrepreneurship
Can we send you e-newsletters? This is the best way to stay updated on our events, services and community announcements. You can unsubscribe at any time.
I've already signed up
Save and Continue Later
Stay in the loop on EDGE news and events
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax powered Gravity Forms.