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.

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

Interviews with Our PARTICIPANTS:

For any questions about the program please contact:

Christine Hogle
Project Coordinator