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The Angels + Refugee Entrepreneurs Program is a unique joint program between Jumpstart and Angel Investors Ontario aimed at supporting and empowering refugee entrepreneurs. Refugees with innovative businesses or business ideas are given the opportunity to expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship through access to workshops, material resources, and mentorship from Angel Investors. Entrepreneurs present their final ideas to Angel Investors for a chance of funding and support.

The program includes:

  • Two half-day training sessions by industry experts and Angel investors. Participants will learn about validating a business idea, writing a business plan, building a team and strong advisory network, and raising capital from grants, financing or Angel investing

  • Support from the Jumpstart Team with business pitch preparation

  • The first round of pitching, after which four-five entrepreneurs are selected to present their business or idea to a panel of Angel Investors

  • Funding to the winning entrepreneurs to help them either start or grow their business

This started as a pilot program for Syrian Refugees this past January - April (2019). The final pitch event happened Wednesday, May 8, and the winning team was Soufi’s, Toronto’s first Syrian Restaurant. To read more about the event’s success, click here.

In the future, the program will be open to all refugees. Those who are interested can e-mail:

If you are a passionate investor or private sponsor interested in supporting refugee entrepreneurs, contact us at