The Indigenous Business Incubator at Capilano University is designed to help aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

Logo for the Indigenous Business Incubator (IBI) project.

The IBI is for early-stage Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) artists and creators to test their ideas within a Lean Business Plan framework and to be mentored while they launch their new businesses.

The program is unique as it emphasizes Indigenous ways of knowing and being in a modern ecosystem.

What we offer

To be successful, entrepreneurs need more than just a good idea. Our experienced team of entrepreneurs and professionals will work with you to identify the steps to launch your business idea and provide guidance and support to move forward.

  • Embedding cultural knowledge and Indigenous ways of knowing in a modern economy;
  • Online workshop modules;
  • One on one mentorship;
  • An opportunity to complete a Lean Business Plan;
  • Participants will be given tips on best practices and current business trends;
  • Potential to take your products to a Trade fair or market;
  • Access to Indigenous resources; and
  • Learn from Indigenous business leaders.

Program details

The program itself is eight weeks in length with up to six hours of online learning and mentorship each week.

Training areas include:

  • Topics covering Business Readiness, Operations, Finance, Marketing;
  • Online learning modules;
  • Small class size with personalized attention;
  • Curriculum combines traditional knowledge with modern business trends; and
  • Instruction will be provided by experienced Indigenous entrepreneurs.

You will also receive:

  • Tips on taking good photos of your products; and
  • An introduction to how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can impact business.

If you attend all the online learning and complete your Lean Business Plan you may qualify to participate in a trade show.

Eligibility requirements

  • Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis, Inuit);
  • Resident of B.C.;
  • Minimum 51 per cent Indigenous ownership;
  • A business idea in the beginning or incubation stage;
  • For-profit business only;
  • An innovative product or service; and
  • Reliable access to the internet, printer/scanner and a computer or tablet.

Costs and seating info

Seating is limited to 15 applicants. There is no cost for the program for successful applicants thanks to the generous sponsorship from PacifiCan and Toronto Dominion Bank's TD Ready Commitment.

Apply now

Applying is a two-step process:


Send any questions you have about the program or application to ibi@capilanou.ca.


Have questions?

Indigenous Digital Accelerator

604 983 7549

To donate to the IDA, please contact:

Doreen Manuel
604 837 3663