You have an early-stage product. We have a three month, intensive and build-by-doing accelerator program to help you take the leap and commit full-time to your business and accelerate product development, customer acquisition and company growth. We look for individuals and teams who have a scalable innovative idea, prototype, proof-of-concept, or demo that they want to grow into a global business. At the end of the program companies will present to investors and the media in Thunder Bay and across the country.

We will invest $15,000, non-dilutive, cash contribution into your team and provide office space, hands-on support and access to mentors, investors and potential customers. Your team will work with us towards demo day: a final investor presentation and the beginning of life as a company working to change the world.

If you’re ready to take your new product and transform it into a successful business apply today!

We’re looking for:

  • Individuals or teams of entrepreneurs,
  • With a scalable innovation idea, initial prototype, demo, or proof-of-concept,
  • Who want to build a global business and brand,
  • And have a willingness to commit full-time to growing their business

Selected teams will receive:

  • $15,000 non-dilutive, cash contribution
  • Office space for the 13-week program
  • Experienced mentorship from industry entrepreneurs
  • Hands-on support and introductions
  • Access to investors and preparation for follow-on financing
  • Access to funding programs

Application Deadline is March 15th, 2017


Starts April 17th and runs until mid-July, 2017

Over $580,000 in additional leverage raised

for Costarter companies after the program.

Recent Graduates

This company has created a environmentally friendly product that cleans up oil spills through a special microbe that eats the oil rather than the traditional method of absorption.

HAIL Cosmetics is independent cosmetics company with gentle, hand-crafted and cruelty free products. They offer premium products made from mild, high quality materials and alternatively inspired with subtle vintage undertones.

This company created a new way to expedite the hiring process through the use of 20 second videos. Instead of sifting through stacks of resumes for hours on end, a hiring manager can now quickly view a short video of each candidate to speed up the process. focuses its efforts on improving the online services for the cross-country skiing community. Currently they collect key news articles from around the world and translate them into English. Another service they provide is a online market place for cross-country skiing product companies.

BrainShift was conceived to design game-based rehabilitation programs for touch-screen and mobile devices to help stroke patients regain motor control in their hands. The focus is to make the rehabilitation more enjoyable for the patients than the traditional programs being used.

Costarter was the push I needed to start my company.

Nick Kolobuton, CEO of ShipEarly

Success Stories

An innovative company that helps the collaboration between brands and local stores where brands can sell products on their website and customers can pick their products up at their local stores.

With digital marketing at the core of the technology, Recroup is building the next generation job advertising platform. Enabling employers to step up their recruitment marketing game.

A clothing brand with made from recycled materials with designs focused on important issues related to wildlife or environmental conservation with part of the proceeds going to charities related to those issues.

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