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Business Development

Innovation PEI's Business Development and Integration Division provides coordination and delivery of information and assistance to new and existing business in Prince Edward Island. Specifically, the division provides counselling, financial assistance, business guidance, entrepreneur education and professional development with start up, expansion and diversification.

See Programs and Services that support these initiatives.

Innovation PEI's experienced team of Business Development Professionals are located across the province to support

  • starting your business
  • expanding your business
  • improving productivity
  • increasing your productivity

Online provincial government information on planning, starting, managing and growing your business
can also be found at

Canadian Youth Business Foundation

Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Innovation PEI is a proud community partner offering Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) services. CYBF is a national non-profit organization providing pre-launch expertise, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help you start and run your own successful business. If you are 18-39 years old and have a viable business idea...CYBF can help!

CYBF is dedicated to supporting you throughout your entrepreneurial journey. The Foundation's startup program provides financing of up to $15,000 for young entrepreneurs, with the potential to secure up to $30,000 in additional financing available through CYBF’s partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). CYBF supports businesses of all kinds – skilled trades, technology, retail, services, and everything in between. Financing is based on character and a great business plan. Every entrepreneur is hand-matched with an experienced business mentor for a minimum of two years to allow knowledge sharing and to ensure a higher business success rate. Mentorship matches are available to all young entrepreneurs, including those who are not seeking CYBF financing.

For more information contact Allison Ramsay

Business Skills Development

Innovation PEI works with business stakeholders to facilitate the delivery of training and educational opportunities such as:

  • Exploring business ideas
  • Marketing and sales
  • Human resource development
  • Financial management
  • Productivity

 For additional training and skills development contact SkillsPEI


The purpose of the LaunchPad program is to support eligible start-up companies or established companies from other jurisdictions that seek to set-up operations in Prince Edward Island.

The goal of the LaunchPad program is to improve new business success rates by offsetting operating costs of business and providing ongoing business counseling, as required. The office space component of the program may be based in the Holman Centre in Summerside and the Atlantic Technology Centre in Charlottetown but is not limited to these locations.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate potential to create new jobs and wealth in the Province of Prince Edward Island. Other eligibility criteria may apply.

Business Financing

Innovation PEI works in collaboration with Finance PEI, traditional financial institutions and other government agencies to identify available financial tools to help you start up, expand and enhance your business.

Finance PEI works with innovative and generally higher risk projects than that of the conventional lenders. By utilizing a non-formula approach to lending, Finance PEI strives to maximize development opportunities for the province while balancing financial risk of the project with the projected economic return.

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