Rise's Peer Supported Training provides you with educational, business advisory, and mentorship support.


  • Peer Support Start Up Program Client

  • "Rise has focused my business strategy, provided motivation, and helped to open the door to opportunities for me. That’s been thanks to my mentor."


There’s strength in numbers. This program begins with free small business training to support you as you develop your business plan, entrepreneurship skills and the confidence to launch and grow your business. To encourage the business launch and growth, you’ll work in a group of 2 to 6 entrepreneurs to access coaches, and peer support. It’s a great way to grow your business while gaining knowledge through shared experiences.

Our next session of the Elizabeth Fry My StartUp Program starts in Fall 2019 in Toronto and our next session of Peer Supported StartUp Program starts in Winter 2020 in Toronto.

The program includes:

Phase 1 Workshops: One month of practical, hands-on workshops focused on developing business skills and producing a viable business plan.

Phase 2 Peer Groups: By the end of the training session, you will join a group of 2 to 6 people. You will meet with your peer group and a business mentor on a monthly basis, for up to 6 months.

Financing: Once you graduate, you will receive a $200 start-up grant or the previously mentioned refurbished laptop. You may be eligible to apply for a low-interest small business loan from Rise if you need additional start-up funds.

Selection for the program will be based on the viability of the business idea, the strength of the applicant’s commitment to starting a business and the applicant’s readiness to participate in the program.

What are the benefits?

Business development: Gain the skills and confidence to develop your idea and launch your business.

Networking: Network with like-minded individuals and build connections with local entrepreneurs.

Coaching: Our coaching program is designed to provide you with the necessary business support and guidance as you bring your idea to life.

Financing: Successful grads can apply for a low-interest startup business loans through Rise.


Eligible individuals must:

  • Have a practical idea to start or grow your own for-profit small business (any size, full or part-time)
  • Self-identify as having experienced mental health and/or addiction challenges
  • Be unable to access traditional bank financing for your small business
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident