Lazaridis Institute Scale-Up Program Expert speaking to group of individuals

Formal Program

Program Building Blocks

One-on-one time

One-on-one time with international experts in each functional area

100 individual hours with a mentor

100 individual hours with a mentor chosen for your company

National peer group

A national peer group of other CEOs and founders

Framework and tools

The framework and tools you need to execute your growth plan

Combined with hard work, these building blocks can lead your company to:

Immediate changes and measurable progress every 30 days

Prepare for your next round of funding within 12-18 months

Be on the path to global market success

Cohort 2 Schedule

Applications for Cohort 2 are now closed. An announcement of our Cohort 2 companies will be made in August 2017.

The CEO plus one executive team member from each of our Lazaridis 10 companies will participate in five program weekends, consisting of two to three days each, over the course of six months. The Lazaridis Scale-Up Program will culminate in five days of meetings and connections in Silicon Valley.

Weekend modules will begin October 2017.



What Does It Take to Scale?

Topics include: facing the scaling challenge, discover what makes you scale fundable, articulating your vision and mission, and Getting to Wow.


Scaling begins at the top – with the leaders of your company. Leadership topics include: leadership for scaling a business, building a corporate culture, organization design for growth, talent management and growth metrics.


Success comes when you launch the right product at the right time. Topics around Product include: design thinking, product management, pragmatic branding, roadmap and metrics, and the customer experience.

Customer Acquisition

Sales at a global scale – it’s a whole new game. Customer Acquisition topics include: building a global brand, selling at scale, marketing and market analytics, and global market access.

Finance and Acquisitions

Understand the economics of your business and manage your performance at scale. Topics for Finance and Operations include: financing your scale-up, transfer pricing, global operations, IP and risk/crisis management.

Access to the U.S. Market

Six months into the program, participants spend an intensive week in the Valley, meeting with and learning from successful companies, executives and influencers who will help with their scaling journey with specific focus on growth in the U.S. market.

Peer Network

Over the course of the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program, our global network of experts provides you with individualized mentorship, coaching and advice as you prepare for each step in your company’s scaling journey. These experts work with you to develop a plan to address your company-specific issues and chart your path forward, sharing their own personal experiences and challenges with scaling a company along the way.

You’ll also have an opportunity to interact with and learn from some of Canada’s most promising technology scale-up companies, with similar growth objectives and aspirations. This peer network of companies will be exceptionally valuable as you continue to scale.


The Lazaridis Scale-Up Program provides customized support, so we don’t have a set list of mentors we use every year. We select a mentor personalized to your industry and challenges, matched after we profile your unique needs. This one-on-one time with global mentors and experts helps you dig into your company’s specific growth challenges and goals and bring about actionable change.

How it Works

  • Step 1: Company is selected
  • Step 2: Company is profiled
  • Step 3: Mentor is selected for each company
  • Step 4: Mentor and company connect virtually
  • Step 5: Mentor and company meet in person at one of the weekend modules

You will work with your mentor on an ongoing basis, to immediately apply what you’re learning in the weekend modules to your business. After working together with the other companies, the global experts, and with your mentor, you will have built broad and deep relationships across Canada, in Silicon Valley and beyond.