MaRS helps companies go from idea to IPO.
From early-stage startups to companies with significant market traction and serial entrepreneurs looking to grow their latest venture, MaRS offers programs and services that will help you succeed—all tailored to your company’s stage of growth. To see if your company is eligible for our services, apply now.
If you have applied to MaRS, but don’t yet meet the criteria to receive Growth Services, we offer an extensive range of online and in-person resources to help you grow your business.
Who you are
- Have a minimum viable product
- Have early customer interest; are close to product-market fit/early validation
- Have raised or could raise (pre-)seed investment for product or clinical trials
Companies accepted into our Growth Services program gain access to all Early-Stage Services, as well as a range of tailored services.
Who you are
- Have a product in market with strong customer demand
- Building go-to-market capabilities or advanced product trials with input from key partners
- Have raised or could raise series A investment for initial deployments
What you get
- Advice on capital, sales, marketing, talent and recruitment, and regulatory
- 1:1 expert mentorship
- Connections to investors, customers and partners
- Growth marketing and sales programming
- Media and PR promotion
- Referrals to MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund
- Peer-to-peer events; event news, discounts and speaking opportunities
- Curated newsletter with exclusive offers
Taking your business from startup to scale-up is hard. But high-growth companies—those on track to earn over $100 million in revenue—are the anchor firms of the Canadian economy, so it’s vital they receive the support they need to succeed. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Learn more.
Who you are
- On track to reach $100 million in revenue within five years
- Headquartered in Canada with global ambitions
- Keen to engage with executive peers and global experts
What you get
- Access to a global, curated community of C-suite executives
- Data-driven diagnostic and insight tools
- Customized executive services (organizational design, culture, leadership, sales acceleration, international expansion, IP, risk, financial controls and M&A)
- PR, media, regulatory and public affairs assistance
- Growth, sales and marketing support
Jon Dogterom leads venture services at MaRS, assisting innovative Ontario-based companies in growing their businesses. He is also part of the Management Board of the Advanced Energy Centre, a public-private partnership that was co-founded and is hosted by MaRS Cleantech with a focus on innovative domestic energy programs and strengthening international relationships to drive exports, and a member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum. Jon has an extensive background in early-stage and high-growth alternative energy companies. Prior to joining MaRS, he led business development for Hydrogenics Corporation, where he focused on strategic partnerships, product development, and sales and marketing. He was also involved in the introduction and launch of the company’s fuel cell and hydrogen generation divisions. Jon also previously worked with The Pembina Institute, leading corporate-consulting services on low-impact renewable energy and energy policy. In 1997 he co-founded Sustainable Energy Technologies, a leading Canadian provider of power electronics for the solar power industry. Jon has degrees in civil environmental engineering from Queen’s University and in marketing and product management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Krista has been the driving force behind the creation of Momentum, a MaRS program helping scaling Canadian companies reach $100 million in revenue in by 2024. Krista has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses for over 30 years. She has spent her career working in and advising over 200 organizations, including public companies, high-growth firms and startups. Krista is an engineer, entrepreneur, mentor and expert problem solver. She has a unique combination of strategic, technical, operational and marketing expertise. And she is known for her comprehensive knowledge of the existing and emerging enterprise tech stack (architectures, technologies) and commercialization practices. Her greatest joys come from working with and learning from diverse, talented and ambitious people, as well as being a mother to three amazing young adults.
Chief Technical Advisor
Oshoma (Osh) is Chief Technical Advisor at MaRS, where he is responsible for advising ventures in emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, blockchain and advanced networking. He is an experienced entrepreneur with deep technical and business expertise in the software industry. He greatly enjoys designing and building technology-based products. Before joining MaRS, Osh worked at a series of tech startups in founder and CTO roles. Prior to entering the startup space, he spent 10 years at Microsoft in a variety of product groups, including leadership positions in web search and developer platforms. Osh also served as a technology advisor to top executive staff.
VP, Growth Services
Jane is VP of Growth Services at MaRS. She is a recognized leader in sustainable innovation and has extensive experience growing companies at the intersection of business and sustainability. She co-founded, grew and profitably sold a full-service renewable energy company, Clean Energy Developments, and leverages over 20 years of experience in the environmental finance, cleantech and sustainability sectors to help build businesses that matter. Throughout her career, she has advised entrepreneurs and executives on project and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and business development. She helped launch Columbia Business School’s first environmental finance course, which continues to be taught in the school’s MBA and EMBA programs, as well the School of International and Public Affairs. Jane is the co-founder of the CanadaCleantech Alliance, a board director at the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and sits on advisory boards for the MaRS Catalyst Fund, Shell’s Quest Climate Grant and the Pembina Institute’s UnGALA. Jane holds an MBA from Columbia University.
Managing Director, Health Venture Services
Ying Tam is a seasoned entrepreneur and business executive who has co-founded several startup companies. These include Mindful Scientific, a medical device company addressing concussion diagnostics and management that won the startup competition at the Wall Street Journal WSJ.D Live global technology conference and the Medical Device track at the HealthKick Challenge; abridean (acquired by nCipher PLC), a software company that develops application provisioning and identity management solutions; and i-HRx (acquired by HealthConnex), a digital health company focused on chronic disease management. Ying has significant strategic and operational experience since he’s held operating roles in a wide range of organizations, from early-stage companies to major multinational corporations. Previously, he was president and managing director of Maritech Software (acquired by AKVA Group ASA) — an early-stage mid-market ERP software and consulting company — vice president in the Management Consulting Practice at Ernst & Young, and he’s held director level positions at CGI and SAP. Ying began his career at IBM where he held roles in product development, sales and marketing. Ying has a strong track record in mentoring and is heavily involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. He has been a mentor for the Entrepreneurship Program at Dalhousie University, for Futurpreneur’s mentorship program, and for Entrepreneur’s Forum. Ying has also spoken at universities and conferences on entrepreneurship and life sciences, and has been entrepreneur-in-residence for the pan-Atlantic Canada startup accelerator. He is currently mentor/advisor to several fledgling startup companies plus aspiring entrepreneurs/businesspeople. Ying has been on the boards of public, private and not-for-profit organizations, and currently serves as director on the boards of WIMTACH and Ogden Pond Technology Group. Ying attended Trinity College at the University of Toronto, where he studied computer science and cognitive psychology.
VP, Program Operations, Venture Services
Susan is VP, Program Operations with MaRS Venture Services, where she is responsible for operational effectiveness, client service orientation and the implementation of strategic priorities across the Venture Services team. Susan brings a wealth of experience in the innovation sector to her role, most recently with Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation/Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MRI/MEDEI) as Manager of Innovation Strategy and Programs for the Commercialization Branch. She was previously with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), as Regional Director of Partnerships, and with TMX — leading their efforts in Cleantech Business Development and Strategic Initiatives. She is an active advocate of social finance and cleantech, and has held roles on the Advisory Board of SVX, at Corporate Knights and on the Board of Directors of the Access Community Capital Fund. Susan is currently on the Board of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and is Toronto Chapter Chair of the Manning Innovation Awards. Her career began in finance and strategy roles, building on Susan’s McGill BA. She also earned a CFA and MSc in Economics from the University of London.
Jason MacFarlane leads the Advanced Manufacturing Cluster within Cleantech Venture Services at MaRS, supporting startups with product development and manufacturing while leveraging industry collaborations. He brings extensive product design and manufacturing expertise in a wide range of industries including automotive, industrial automation and machine, consumer, medical, transportation and advanced technology. Much of Jason’s experience comes directly from leadership roles, from supporting high-volume vehicle production at Chrysler to managing an engineering group driving product design and build in the transportation industry for Orion Bus. Over the past 15 years, as Director of Business Development and Engineering, Jason has played a prominent role in growing an engineering services company, CADmech Design Inc., to become a trusted partner to Canadian manufacturing OEM’s. Through this leadership role, he developed a highly qualified technical team, rolled out a full range of product development services, conducted all sales activities and developed brand marketing content and strategies, all of which culminated in lasting customer relationships. Jason is a registered professional engineer and has a degree in Applied Science, Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Lead Executive, Knowledge and Insights
Mei is a serial innovator. Among her many passions, she loves to ask questions, foster new ideas, and fuel values-based leadership. In 2018, Mei joined MaRS as director of market intelligence, helping to build a world-class team accelerating startup growth. Through industry expertise and strategic data partnerships, she helped thousands of startups across Canada understand their markets, validate hypotheses, and earn credibility with investors. Currently, Mei also oversees the organization’s entrepreneurship programs, including expert-led courses, peer-to-peer and advisory sessions, digital learning (the Startup Toolkit), and MaRS Talent, which provides niche advisory programs and tools to help startups develop an early investment in employees, HR, and employer brand foundations. Mei has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, specializing in information systems and human-centered systems design. As an undergrad, she was president of the industrial engineers’ society, and led fundraising initiatives for Engineers Without Borders. In 2002, she joined IBM as a market analyst, advising global executives on new opportunities, competitive strategy, and customer behaviour. She advanced to portfolio leader, overseeing the development of IBM’s Smarter Planet industry solutions, before taking on a number of senior marketing roles, including North American marketing lead for cloud and blockchain products, and Canadian market insights lead, assessing business challenges and defining growth strategies using research and data analytics. Mei was also chair of the Canadian Marketing Association’s B2B Council, board president for a non-profit childcare organization, and has led numerous community groups.