Boris Mann and the team over at Bootup Labs are stealing a great idea from some of our U.S. counterparts – the Startup Visa. In short, they (and I) want to see a visa category created by the government that makes it easier for a founding entrerpreneur to get a visa to be in the country.
I disagree however on the terms. I think that startup founders should be able to get visas without having to secure VC funding. VC funding is not always appropriate for all ventures. I think that another filter could be applied, something along the lines of “it must employ __ Canadians within ___ period of time” or risk revocation. Otherwise, this just becomes another point of leverage between the funder and the entrepreneur.
Having been in need of this visa myself in the States, I definitely see the value in creating this.
Please head on over to Bootup Labs petition site here to sign it.