The Vision:
Scale-Up Institute Toronto

Building on the findings of the Defying Gravity expert report, the World Trade Centre Toronto is launching the Scale-Up Institute Toronto to provide a series of curated program offerings to help high-growth firms overcome barriers to continued growth and elevate their growth trajectories.

Scale-Up Institute
Toronto Programs

Growth Development Program

The flagship program of the Institute, GDP is a hands-on, curated and highly practical workshop course to help high-growth firms and other high-potential companies overcome barriers to continued growth.

Recovery Activation Program

The Recovery Activation Program is a series of interactive virtual workshops to help small and medium-sized businesses build growth-oriented futures through process modernization and digital transformation.

Online Course

An online primer for GDP, providing a broad overview of growth-related topics and helping companies get a sense of their needs in the space.


Additional curated sessions in partnership with key ecosystem players, offering a deeper dive into key scale-up topics of particular interest to high-growth firms.

Events & Peer-to-Peer Networking

An opportunity for engagement, discussion and discovery, keeping GDP graduates connected with fellow leaders in the professional community and beyond.

Advocacy & Ecosystem Support

As a catalyst for the business community we will conduct research, commission white papers, and work directly with government leaders to make the Toronto Region as growth-friendly as possible.

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Toronto Difference

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Sector Focus

GDP cohorts will be sector-specific and represent both tech and non-tech sectors.

Programming Gaps

Focuses on addressing company needs and existing programming gaps by providing curated content, a highly practical focus, and outcome-driven mentoring.

Company Size

Providing targeted supports to companies in the $3M to $25M+ revenue group, where companies are truly facing their growth challenges.

P2P Network

Building a truly collaborative ecosystem that promotes continual learning and sharing among high-growth firms and leaders in the scale-up space.

Built on Success

GDP is modelled on the highly successful Trade Accelerator Program, which has been rolled out nationally and has helped more than 650 companies grow their business through exporting.

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