The Imagination Catalyst business incubator
OCAD University’s free, one-year business incubator program supports up to 25 startups. Join a motivated group of fellow entrepreneurs who are creating, building, designing, making and inventing innovative products, services and companies.
Core facilities and services
- Bright, modern, well-equipped 3,000 sq. ft. co-working space in downtown Toronto
- Shared maker-studios, workshops, prototyping equipment and expertise
- Customized learning opportunities
- Experienced business advisors
- Extensive mentor network
- Connections to professional service providers including legal assistance from Cassels Brock
- The Imagination Catalyst Fund, a pre-revenue seed fund supported by Relay Ventures
- Access to government funding available only to companies affiliated with an Ontario campus-linked accelerator
- Learning alongside other entrepreneurs tackling similar business development challenges (often cited as the most valuable part of our program)
The Imagination Catalyst business incubator supports a highly diverse group of companies all committed to design-driven innovation. The entrepreneurs participating in the incubator tackle challenges simultaneously and form a vital support network for each other.
“The Imagination Catalyst space, in combination with access to the OCAD U talent pool, has been very impactful to the growth of my company.”
-Jenise Lee, Founder & CEO CertClean
“The greatest benefit of the Imagination Catalyst program is the network.”
-Trung Pham, Founder & CEO AXIS Labs
"The Imagination Catalyst advisors are really helpful and supportive of us. Our team loves working with so many other innovative companies."
-Megan Savage, Yirego