Applications to the 2023 program are now open. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on December 11 in order to be considered. In 2023, the program will be a mix of in person and online.
Wondering if you’re eligible? Read more.
Join us at an info session to learn more
It is highly recommended that you attend an information session before applying.
November 1, 2022 12 – 1 p.m.
Virtual – Register
November 29, 2022 7 – 8 p.m.
Airdrie City Hall Council Chambers – Register
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.
Will customers love your business idea? Let’s discover!
Customer discovery is an essential first (and ongoing) step in creating a new product, service or business. We encourage idea-stage entrepreneurs to participate in our four-session Discover program prior to entering SMARTstart. You’ll better understand whether you have a business solution people love and are willing to pay for.
2023 Program Timeline
|Applications Open||October 17, 2022|
|Information Sessions||November 1 (virtual) & 29 (in-person)|
|Application Deadline||December 11, 2022|
|Selection Process||January 2023|
|Applicants Notified||Early February 2023|
|Program Begins||Orientation Session February, Launch Event Late February|
|In-Person Seminars||March-June and September-October 2023|
|Online Learning||March-July 2023|
|Draft Plan Submitted||June 2023|
|Final Plan Submitted||October 2023|
|Celebration Event/Program Ends||Late October/Early November 2023|