A gateway to North
America for scale-ups

The Soft-Landing Program enables international SMEs and established scale-ups to carry out commercialization and export market development activities in the Canadian market by providing incubator and support resources for a trial period.

Program Features

The Soft-Landing Program at BHive is designed for established international scale-ups and start-ups looking to expand their businesses in North America. BHive provides a one-stop-shop of services including access to government programs, marketing support, business network, access to talent and capital. Through an ecosystem of key partnerships and mentors/advisors with industry expertise, the Soft-Landing Program aims to support international companies in establishing their business in the Canadian market with business services and execution support to help them establish and scale globally. The duration of the Acceleration Program is 6 months with an additional 2 months of virtual Pre-acceleration Program.

Low-Risk Entry

The Soft-Landing Program is aimed to provide prospective businesses with a low-risk entry option into the Canadian market. The program allows business owners to explore opportunities within the North American ecosystem without having to incur heavy costs.

Access to Resources

The Soft-Landing Program provides businesses with an unrivaled accessed to key resources including BHive’s world-class mentor network, angel investors, and talent pool. The program also provides access to key government resources that accelerate the ability to establish and scale a company.

Access to Incubators

Through BHive’s partnership with numerous incubators, the Soft-Landing Program provides businesses with the opportunity to connect with local start-ups in Brampton. Local start-ups can contribute significant value-add services and capabilities that will allow international businesses to accelerate their growth.

Network & Events

Gain access to exclusive events and investor networks through the Soft-Landing Program. The program provides founders and executives with the opportunity to forge key relationships with investors, advisors, and customers through numerous networking events.

Business Relationships

Scale-ups and start-ups participating in the Soft-Landing Program will get the opportunity to be mentored by industry experts and network with other companies that have successfully graduated from the program. 

Partner Services

Soft-Landing start-ups gain access to a full suite of services, including introductions to networks, co-locating, support with incorporating a legal entity.

Application Guidelines

The Soft-Landing Program is open to all international businesses that have been incorporated. A qualifying business meets following conditions.


Innovation & Scale

  • Business should be innovative
  • Market validation – paying customers and recurring revenues


Participants Are:

  • Founders or
  • Higher management team (CTOs, Directors, Leads)


At the Time of Acceptance:

  • Canadian entity will be incorporated
  • Essential parts of the operations of the business will be conducted in Canada

Application Information

Apply for Business Visa / Work Permits

Get an invite letter to apply for Business Visa / Work Permits. BHive will provide an invite letter for the qualifying businesses to apply for work permits or business visas.

Meet the language requirements

You must take a language test from an approved agency and include the results with your application, or we won’t process it. You must meet the minimum level of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5.

Application Process

Step 1: Complete application online
Step 2: Panel Interview
Step 3: Selection update
Step 4: Complete payment of fees

Program Fees

The Program fee is CAD $30,000 which allows a maximum of 3 founders to attend the program. Please note this does not include travel, accommodation or meals.