Chamber Startup Mentorship Program

Chamber Startup Mentorship Program CSMP Entrepreneurship Learn Connect Network Greater KW Chamber of Commerce Kitchener Waterloo Ontario Business Local

The Chamber Startup Mentorship Program (CSMP) is a mentorship-based program designed to help businesses in years 0-5 of operation in non-tech industries set and achieve new goals and accelerate their businesses. With the guidance of 9 experienced and reputable mentors, 5-7 local start-up businesses will develop milestone-driven action plans for their specific needs and challenges, and meet with mentors on a weekly basis for 6 months to learn, connect, and achieve their goals.

Read about Descendants Brewery, a past program participant, experience in the program.

Application deadline is Friday, February 8th, 2019.

Apply Here

Program Overview:

  • 5-7 participating businesses, 9 mentors
  • 6 month program (Program runs March to  September )
    • Bi-weekly mentor-taught sessions
    • Bi-weekly 1-on-1 mentoring from 9 experienced and successful professionals
    • Full access to Chamber of Commerce events
    • Reserved seating in Chamber Academy events
  • 9 specially selected mentors to teach mentor taught sessions, each with a different area of expertise


$500 up front – once the program is successfully completed participants receive their next year’s Chamber membership free of charge

Areas of Focus

  • Strategic Planning & Goal Setting
  • Sales & Strategy
  • Marketing  & Social Media
  • Human Resources
  • Law/Legal
  • Strategic Financial Planning
  • Funding
  • IT & Cyber Protection
  • Real Estate & Leasing


“We participated in the Chamber Startup Mentorship Program in 2018, and are very grateful that we did. We learned so much from the lessons, plus had the added benefit of getting to know a number of this region’s business leaders. We also developed strong relationships with other participants, which helped when it came time to bounce ideas off each other. Of course, with anything worthwhile, you get out of it what you put into it. We are thankful that our fellow participants were active, engaged and a dynamic group of people. Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for this wonderful program!” – Steve Ashton, Reeve & Company Inc. 


For any questions about the program please contact:

Christine Hogle
Project Coordinator