REinvest is a mentorship program in partnership with Angel Investors Ontario to support refugee entrepreneurs based in Ontario.

Refugees with innovative businesses or business ideas are invited to apply for this program. REinvest participants will have access to two weeks of workshops, numerous resources to expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship and its ecosystem in Canada, as well as benefit from mentorships by angel investors and members of the ecosystem.  

The workshops will address a variety of topics such as: the Canadian business world, starting and scaling up a business, interacting with potential investors, and raising funds. Following the workshops, top founders will participate in several weeks of coaching and mentorship by leaders from the entrepreneurial community and will have the opportunity to pitch directly to a panel of angel investors. 

Who are Angel Investors? 

Angel investors are typically formally educated, high net worth individuals, who invest personal funds at arm’s length in businesses owned and operated by unrelated individuals. Personal funds are invested on a long-term basis in exchange for repayable or convertible debt or equity in the company. 

 Who can apply? 

All refugee entrepreneurs in Ontario who had businesses abroad, established business here, or have innovative business ideas are encouraged to apply. REinvest participants will gain access to tailored training sessions presented by top experts in the field. The program will deepen the participating entrepreneurs’ understanding of what investors are usually looking for and how they evaluate startups in Canada. 

What to expect? 

  • 2 in-person training sessions 
  • 2 virtual training sessions 
  • 3 weeks of one-to-one mentorship 
  • Pitch day in front of actual investors 
  • Access to Jumpstart programming and resources that target refugee entrepreneurs. 

REinvest Timeline 

Ready to apply? Already a Jumpstart Client? 

If you are a jumpstart client already, please click the button below to add your business/idea details to your profile. Please make sure to use the same phone number and email address you currently use with Jumpstart. 

Ready to apply? New to Jumpstart? 

New to Jumpstart? Please fill in the application form below so we can create your profile and we will then contact you directly with the next steps. Please choose Entrepreneurship Support when selecting your program of interest. 

Are you an Angel Investor? Want to get involved? 

If you are an Angel Investor and would like to learn more about mentoring and investing in refugee-led businesses, please fill out Angel Investors Ontario’s intake form below.

Information Session – Refugee Entrepreneurs – April 12, 2022

If you have any further questions about the program or the application process, please join our virtual informational session on April 12. Register at:

Lunch and Learn Session – For Angel Investors – May 10, 2022

Join us for a lunch and learn panel on April 28 to learn more about refugee entrepreneurs’ challenges, unique experiences, and potential. Register at:

About Angel Investors Ontario (AIO) 

Angel Investors Ontario convenes Ontario’s Angel investors, who provide capital and mentorship to innovative start-ups province wide.

Angel Investors Ontario supports 16 non-profit Angel Groups and 14 investment clubs across the province. Angel Investors Ontario fosters Angel groups’ success by sharing information and education tools, transferring best practices across the network. Over the past decade, through the groups and clubs that it mobilizes and supports, Angel Investors Ontario has enabled over $600 million dollars to be invested into over 700 high-potential early-stage ventures, in turn creating and retaining over 15,000 jobs. To learn more about Angel Investors Ontario, please visit their website.