Applications for the 2024 program are now closed. Applications to the program are accepted in the Fall of each year for the following year’s program.

Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.

Application process & tips

  • First, ensure you are eligible to participate in the program and can meet the program commitments.
  • Complete the online application form via Jotform. Paper applications are not accepted.
  • Be sure to complete all sections of the form. Be as descriptive and thorough as possible. To see a list of questions asked on the application look here: SMARTstart Application Questions.
  • Include supporting materials: resume, business plan draft, market research, pitch video, etc.
  • You will be notified that we have received your application.
  • A committee made up of business advisors, mentors, bankers and program organizers review all applications. Applications are evaluated on criteria, not first come, first serve.
  • You may be called for an interview (see timelines).
  • If you have questions, contact us.

2024 Program Timeline

Applications OpenOctober 16, 2023
Information SessionsNovember 7 (virtual) & 30 (in-person)
Application DeadlineDecember 11, 2023 at 8 a.m.
Selection ProcessJanuary 2024
Applicants NotifiedLate January 2024
Fee DeadlineFebruary 2024
Program BeginsOrientation Session mid February, Launch Event late February
In-Person SeminarsMarch-June and September-October 2024
Online LearningMarch-July 2024
Draft Plan SubmittedJune 2024
Final Plan SubmittedOctober 2024
Celebration Event/Program EndsLate October/Early November 2023