Indigenous Business Incubator

Wejibàbandan supports early-stage Indigenous entrepreneurs in the National Capital Region with a full-time business development program, living wage, mentorship, training, resources, and a startup grant. Applications for the Fall 2024 Cohort (September 3 – December 5) are open until July 15, 2024.

Join Our InfoSession

Sign up for our InfoSession on June 19th from 1 – 2 PM ET, taking place in-person at ADAAWE and online via Google Hangout. Learn about program details and get your questions answered. Click here to register.

Program Benefits and Outcomes

Participating entrepreneurs graduate with a wealth of valuable assets and skills, including:

  • A comprehensive business plan
  • A detailed financial plan
  • Legal audit and assets
  • Fully operational business systems
  • A full branding kit
  • Built-out supply chains
  • Client acquisition opportunities
  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • Off-site visits to inspire and educate
  • Weekly Medicine Wheel healing circles
  • The unwavering support of a community

Embrace this opportunity to grow and thrive, guided by Indigenous values and supported by a community committed to your success.

Eligibility and Commitment Requirements

This program is designed for Indigenous entrepreneurs operating their businesses in the National Capital Region. To qualify, applicants must be able to:

  • Provide proof of Indigeneity if selected
  • Attend in-person interviews at ADAAWE (338 Somerset St. W, Ottawa, ON) on July 25, 2024, if shortlisted
  • Commit to working full-time on their businesses from September 3 to December 5, 2024
  • Spend Tuesdays through Thursdays on-site at ADAAWE during the program
  • Actively participate in all aspects of the Incubator Program

    Whether you are at the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey or looking to take your business to the next level, this program will help you achieve your goals.

    “Wejibàbandan,” meaning “a place to dream” in Algonquin Anishinaabe, is named to reflect our commitment to fostering entrepreneurial vision and success.