Eligible applicants

To be considered for the travel grant, all applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a for-profit company
  • Be an incorporated legal entity in Canada
  • Be housed for a minimum of three (3) months and maximum of four (4) years in an eligible incubator or accelerator linked to an academic institution (Home Incubator)
  • Have planned business travel for full-time employees, founders, or owners with soft-landing at a host incubator in an eligible target market. Applicants must leave from and return to Canada on their trip. Applicants must submit their application a minimum of 4 weeks before their planned travel dates

Below is our list of pre-approved home incubators for Entrepreneur International. If you do not see your incubator on the list, please contact pilots@mitacs.ca to check if it is eligible. Please note that all home incubators are required to be linked to a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Prince Edward Island

LaunchPad PEI

Newfoundland and Labrador

Memorial Centre for Entrepreneurship
Centre for Social Enterprise

Nova Scotia 

Centre for Women in Business
IGNITE Atlantic 
The Labs
The Bays
Creative Destruction Lab
Emera ideaHUB
Island Sandbox
Frostbyte Interactive
Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre
ShiftKey Labs
Innovation and Enterprise Centre
Centre for Women in Business

New Brunswick 

Planet Hatch
J Herbert Smith Centre
Energia Ventures



District 3 Innovation Hub
Next AI
Creative Destruction Lab
MT Lab
La base entrepreneuriale
Accélérateur entrepreneurial Desjardins
Bureau de soutien à l’entrepreneuriat
Carrefour d’entrepreneuriat et d’innovation Desjardins
Centre d’entrepreneuriat et d’essaimage
Centre d’entrepreneuriat Poly-UdeM
Centre québécois d’innovation en biotechnologie

Entrepreneuriat ULaval
Mila Entrepreneurship Lab


Health Innovation Hub
Impact Centre
Creative Destruction Lab
Legal Innovation Zone
Social Ventures Zone
The Fashion Zone
Science Discovery Zone
Biomedical Zone
Design Fabrication Zone
Transmedia Zone
Clean Energy Zone
Innovation Boost Zone
Waterloo Commercialization Office
Grebel Peace Incubator
The Accelerator Centre
Western Accelerator
Morrissette Entrepreneurship
Innovation Factory
The Forge
Jim Fielding Innovation & Commercialization Space
The Foundry
Brilliant Catalyst
Queens Partnership and Innovation
Entrepreneurship Hub
Invest Ottawa
Lead To Win
Innovation Hub
École d’innovation sociale Élisabeth Bruyère
Treefrog Accelerator
Conestoga Entrepreneurship Collective
Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology
University of Toronto Entrepreneurship/ON Ramp
SpinUp Lab
WEtech Alliance


North Forge Technology Exchange 




Innovate Calgary
Platform Calgary
Creative Destruction Lab
Hunter Hub
Health Innovation Hub
Student Innovation Centre
Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship
ST Innovations 

British Columbia

Centre for Digital Media
Coast Capital Innovation Centre
Coast Capital Venture Connection
Creative Destruction Lab 

Eligible Activities

  • Return travel for up to two (2) full-time employees, founders, or owners of an eligible company
  • Soft-landing at an international host incubator
  • Participation in meetings/events with key contacts from target market

Eligible Markets

Eligible markets include the following countries, regions or jurisdictions:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • European Union
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Macao
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • United Kingdom  

Eligible Expenses

Travel grants support eligible business travel costs, with a maximum grant of $5,000. Up to two (2) full-time employees, founders or owners may claim eligible expenses per travel grant.

In-kind contributions from the Home or Host Incubators cannot be used towards matching Mitacs funds.

  • Economy class air or ground transportation fare to new target market
    *Applicants are expected to provide reasonable, economy class return air or ground transportation costs that take advance booking into account. If the amount is deemed excessive, the applicant will be expected to amend their budget to advance booking economy fare estimates.
    *Applicants are expected to select direct transit routes between the travellers’ home base(s) in Canada and the location of travel without any additional stops/destinations. Layovers or stops are acceptable to secure a more economical price.
  • Transportation costs in target market country
    *Applicants may claim taxi, car rental, train or internal flights for travel to the host incubator and for meetings with existing or potential international investors, clients, partners, suppliers and/or distributors.
    *Applicants are expected to select direct routes between the travellers’ accommodation and the host incubator, and/or to meeting locations.
  • Accommodations
    * Applicants are expected to provide reasonable costs that take advance booking into account. If the amount is deemed excessive, the applicant will be expected to amend their budget to advance booking estimates.
  • Per Diem
    *Applicants may claim a per diem for meals and incidentals in accordance with the rates set by the National Joint Council for each day of travel. 

Successful applicants must maintain proper and accurate accounts and records of the approved travel expenses for a minimum of seven (7) years after the date of completion of the travel period.

See our How to Apply tab for more information on how to apply for a travel grant today.

If you have any questions about the Mitacs Entrepreneur International program, please email the Mitacs Entrepreneur International team.