A smart-cut to the North American market

Unlock your startup's full potential with our comprehensive three-week program designed specifically for newcomer entrepreneurs.

At TBDC, we don't just facilitate your entry into the Canadian market – we become your committed partner and give you the tools to put down roots and scale your venture in North America.

About the
Land & Expand Program

Whether you’re an international entrepreneur or a first-generation immigrant founder, our Land & Expand program is your fast track to success in Canada. The Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), provided TBDC with an investment of nearly $3.3 million to support the delivery of the Land & Expand program, which includes workshops, mentorship and training.

We offer specialized support to help you establish a strong business framework, foster meaningful customer and investor relations, and assemble a top-tier local team. Use Canada as your ideal testbed and make Land & Expand your strategic entry point into North America.



Navigating Unfamiliar Laws


North American Market Entry


Finding the Right Sources of Funding


Building Your Local Network


Assembling a Local Team

What we offer

Regulatory Support

Understand Canadian law, tailored for international startups. Learn about IP rights, tax obligations, and more to set your business on the right legal track.


Sales Coaching

Transform your market engagement in North America. From crafting pitches to mastering sales, elevate your skills with targeted sessions.

Funding Support

Unlock Canadian funding opportunities. Navigate through government grants and VC options, curated for international startups.

Networking Opportunities

Grow your network through 1-on-1 sessions, CEO luncheons, investor dinners, and ecosystem tours. Week 3 culminates in exclusive networking events.

Building your Core Team

Assemble and maintain a high-performing team in Canada with hands-on sessions on recruitment and team management.

Access to Founders & Investors

Meet our top-tier investors and founders who are dedicated to your success in this program

  • Rajan Bala

    Head of Engineering, AWS

  • Travis Ratnam

    Founder & CEO, Knowledgehook

  • Nouhaila C

    Founder, Scaler without Borders

  • Blake Farquharson

    Director, Innovation Programs at Elevate

  • Yogi Yoganathan

    Founder & CEO, Remitbee

  • Shivanu Thiyagarajah

    Founder, TamilCulture

  • Gbemi Akande

    Managing Partner of Pacer Ventures

  • Neethan Pushpalingam

    Partner, MNP

  • Shane George

    VP Sales, Borderless

  • Yashin Shah

    Founder, SCOOTY

  • Mohan Markandaier

    Managing Partner, Good News Ventures

  • Jon Christensen

    Founder, Bidmii

  • Mano Kulasingam

    Managing Partner, Flair Ventures

  • Madusha Cooray

    Program Manager, Google

  • Kristy Sadler

    SVP Marketing, Movement 51

  • Wilfred So

    Patent Agent, Marks & Clerk

  • Ali Taiyeb

    Industry Partnerships, Vector Institute for AI

  • Arunabh Dastidar

    Founder, RealSage

Industry leading Partners to
help your startup grow

Want to scale up in Canada?
TBDC can show you the way