Global Incubator Programme Advanced Manufacturing – Canada

Innovate UK’s Global Incubator Programme is an acceleration programme for innovative businesses to work with world-leading incubators abroad.

We are currently accepting applications for up to eight innovative companies in the Advanced Manufacturing sector to join our programme with MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, Canada. We would welcome applications from innovative companies who could be developing technology in the following focus areas. Please visit Re-imagine Manufacturing for further information.


  • Materials for the future economy – discovery, scaling, accelerating adoption of advanced, bio-based and sustainable materials, and the associated processing
  • Smart design – through-life and multidisciplinary design engineering with support of digital tools to de-risk and prototype new ideas
  • Resilient supply chains – procurement of raw materials and components, and the repurposing of emissions, solid waste and industrial water back into manufacturing
  • World-class production – automated and adaptive manufacturing, productivity enhancement, predictive maintenance, bio manufacture and resource efficiency
  • Longer in use and reuse – sustainable consumption of resources and reuse, repair, recycling, remanufacture, and ultimate disposal products and materials



Canada is ranked among the top four startup ecosystems globally and is the number one destination for entrepreneurs.

MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub. A registered non-profit, MaRS supports high-growth start-ups and scale-ups tackling key issues in health, cleantech, and other sectors.

In addition, MaRS convenes all members of the tech ecosystem to drive breakthrough discoveries, grow the economy and make an impact by solving real problems for real people.

From high-growth start-ups to scale-ups, MaRS tech founders grow their companies and create meaningful innovation. MaRS works with 1,400 companies across Canada, turning breakthrough ideas into products and services with global impact.

In 2020 alone, MaRS supported ventures to raise $2.4 billion collectively, while generating $1.5 billion in revenue.

This initiative will be delivered virtually on a weekly basis from October 2024 to April 2025, with two visits to Toronto built into the programme.

We are committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of this programme.

Register for the briefing event on 23rd April here


  • Advisory support: Guidance from sector experts and experienced entrepreneurs in Canada.
  • Connections to capital: Introductions to VCs and corporates looking to invest in new ventures.
  • Connections to talent: Support with finding and recruiting skilled workers from Canada and the world.
  • Data and insights: Tailored market analysis of the latest industry trends and the insights needed to gain an edge.
  • Tools and services: Webinars, information sessions, peer-to-peer guidance, and access to marketing and communication expertise.
  • Access and introductions: Connections to North American-based customers and partners.
  • Professional network: Participate in a vibrant community of Advanced Manufacturing entrepreneurs and industry professionals.
  • PR and creative services: Access the MaRS PR Accelerator to help build your brand presence in North America.
  • Exploit the opportunity: One-to-one support from an Innovate UK innovation and growth specialist to take advantage of the opportunities identified.


  • Be a UK based company
  • Be a business with fewer than 250 employees
  • Have a focus on Manufacturing Technologies


To fill in the online application form, please visit the Innovate UK Business Growth website. For more information, assistance with your application or to discuss accessibility needs, please contact the global team at

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