Funding Opportunities for New and Growing Kingston Businesses

Kingston, Ontario – February 16, 2023 – Kingston Economic Development is pleased to announce that application intake for the Starter Company Plus program is re-opening on February 17, 2023. Starter Company Plus is offered through Kingston Economic Development Corporation with funding from the Government of Ontario.

All successful applicants to the program will receive business training and personalized coaching. Each year, Kingston Economic Development provides $70,000 in microgrants to local businesses through the Starter Company Plus program. Eligible business owners can pitch to receive a microgrant of up to $5,000.

“Starter Company Plus is a fantastic program for entrepreneurs who are wanting to explore a new business idea or to expand an existing business,” says Rob Tamblyn, Business Development Manager – Small & Medium Enterprises. “It provides you with hands on learning opportunities, mentorship, and some financial support – three very valuable resources that every entrepreneur could use to help bring their ideas to fruition.”

“From providing the funding to improve my tooling, to aiding in the development of my business systems, Kingston Economic Development and the Starter Plus Company program have been of critical assistance in getting my business off the ground,” says Jeffrey Perry of Core Woodcraft. “Everyone who I’ve developed relationships with at Kingston Economic Development has been not only eager to talk business but has also been invested in seeing that said business succeeds. The Starter Plus Company program is yet another piece of that openness and simply makes doing business in Kingston easier.”

Applications for the Spring 2023 cohort are now open until March 17. Successful applicants must attend a mandatory business bootcamp from March 27 to 31 to be eligible to pitch for a microgrant. Visit to apply. Kingston Economic Development will also be hosting a virtual information session on Monday, February 27 at 2:00 pm for those interested in learning more about how to apply for the program.

Media Contact:
Nour Mazloum
Marketing & Communications Manager
Kingston Economic Development Corporation