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Growth Development Program (GDP)

Overcome barriers to growth and boost your business’s scale-up strategy with highly practical interactive workshops and mentorships, led by Canada’s top scale-up business experts.

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Only 0.1% of Canadian small businesses grow to be mid-sized, and only 2% of those mid-sized firms become large.

As we enter the new order of global trade and business, fueled by the pandemic and major geo-political events, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are facing significant barriers to maintaining a strong growth trajectory.

Don’t let your business fall short of its high-growth potential!

The Growth Development Program (GDP) has been designed to support established, high-growth and high-potential Toronto businesses embrace this new business era and boost their scale-up strategy.

Through GDP, we aim to strengthen Canada’s scale-up ecosystem, bolster sectors of the economy that are critical to the country’s growth and drive investments in technologies that will spur business growth and resiliency. This will be accomplished all while ensuring that underrepresented groups in our economy are included.

How GDP Works

The Growth Development Program (GDP) offers hands-on, curated, highly practical, workshops and mentorship sessions led by leading experts and advisory services. 

The program is focused on six key success factors for business growth, including:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Recruiting and Retaining Talent
  • Growing Sales
  • Protecting Intellectual Property
  • Improving Processes (including Digitization)
  • Accessing Growth Capital

Firms graduate with a professionally vetted Strategic Growth Plan – a roadmap for their continued growth – and gain access to our peer-to-peer networking community of high-growth firms.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Verified revenue streams - approximately $5M+ in topline revenue per year. (If you are under this threshold, please contact us). 
  • Scalable business model
  • Established product-market fit
  • Strong growth ambitions
  • Growing market presence

Step One: Assess your Business

First, we'll send you a link to complete an assessment form that will gauge your business' current standing in relation to others in the same sector, as well as your business' growth potential.

Step Two: Get Matched with one or more GDP Streams

Informed by the insights, a GDP consultant will suggest one or more of the following program streams based on the business’ unique needs and goals.

Step Three:  Under Development

Take Advantage of the GDP Network

After completing at least one GDP stream, businesses will join the Growth Services Marketplace – an online collective that brings together businesses interested in scaling and growth services providers that can help them get there.

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GDP Partners

The Growth Development Program is supported by partners invested in helping businesses reach their full potential.

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