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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.

Founding Partner: Scotiabank

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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, fuelled 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: Provide Workshops and Mentorship

Businesses will take part in workshops, lectures, and mentorship sessions to learn how to capitalize on their unique opportunity areas. As part of the program, they will have exclusive access to industry experts, products, services, and resources to support their capital and operational needs.

Step Three: Connect you to WTC-T Network

Following the workshops and the development of a professionally vetted growth plan, businesses will have access to a peer-to-peer network of growth-oriented c-suite executives and a ‘Growth Services Marketplace’ (which is currently under development). This online collective will connect businesses interested in scaling up with service providers that can help them achieve their goals.

GDP Partners

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

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