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About Us

Canada Startup Association (CSA) is a not-for-profit initiative for new and existing startups, and key stakeholders and industry players to come together for fostering the startup ecosystem. We are creating a community that thrives by peer-to-peer learning and networking. 

Our aim is to facilitate a collaborative community of startups, including Start-up Visa (SUV) applicants and newcomer entrepreneurs with an aim to provide a knowledge sharing platform, resources and networking opportunities.

Tehmina A Chaudhry, President of CSA is a seasoned social entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience. She is amongst the early Startup Visa applicants who got permanent residence in Canada under that stream. Tehmina has built her social enterprise in GTA and also enriched the startup ecosystem by sharing her knowledge and experience with the community. She is a pro-networker and is well connected with specialists, venture capitalists, incubators and accelerators in Canada. 

Hammad Siddiqui, Executive Director brings over 36 years of experience in working with startups, entrepreneurs and business associations in many countries from Turkey to Papua New Guinea.  He is a qualified non-profit executive from the US Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Organization Management, Washington DC, USA. Hammad has been mentoring startups and founders for many years. He is one of the most followed LinkedIn mentors in Canada with over 63,000 global following. 

We respectfully acknowledge that Richmond Hill, where we gather and work, is situated upon the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississauga of the Credit First Nation and the Mississauga and Chippewa Nations, as recognized by the Williams Treaty. Additionally, we recognize that this land is part of the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. We honor and express our deepest gratitude to the original caretakers of this land, acknowledging their significant historical and ongoing contributions. May we all move forward with respect and mindfulness towards reconciliation and appreciation of the land we inhabit together.

The Canada Startup Association (CSA) is steadfastly committed to respecting and uplifting Indigenous peoples and First Nation Enterprises in Canada. We aim to foster inclusivity and mutual growth by embedding Indigenous perspectives and wisdom into our entrepreneurial ecosystem, striving to co-create a future where every voice, especially those of the First Nations, is heard and valued.

Our Members

Why Become a member of CSA?

  • CSA networking events & Training sessions
  • Personalized business advisory sessions
  • Access to investor’s lounge meetings
  • Quarterly mentoring sessions

Canada is a preferred destination for startups. Under the Canada Startup Visa Program, there is a growing number of international startups considering Canada as their new home. Canada Startup Association (CSA) aims to provide a single platform to Canadian and international startups for capitalizing on collective resources and knowledge to drive success. 

We welcome you to a new world of opportunities where we share, learn and grow together! 


Our Team

Tehmina A Chaudhry

Canada Startup Association

Hammad Siddiqui

Executive Director
Canada Startup Association

Rambabu Vasupilli

Industry Expert
Digital Transformation

Mohsin Mukhtar

Industry Expert
Finance and Funding

Dinesh Sharma

Industry Expert
Hiring and Talent Management

Laeeq Qureshi

Industry Expert
Project Management

Quratulain Kamil

Director Community Development

Carlos López Sandoval

Director Partnerships

Become a Member

Freemium Family


Explore our free resources to learn about Canadian Startup ecosystem.

Our freemium membership will provide you access to:


CAD 500

Annual membership

Begin your journey in the Canadian startup ecosystem with our Launchpad membership. 

You will gain access to:


CAD 1000

Annual membership

A perfect opportunity for growth poised startups with established businesses and revenue streams who want to rapidly scale in the Canadian market. 

Your membership will offer:


CAD 5000

By Invitation Only

Nexus is an exclusive membership tier for High Networth Founders.

Nexus members will receive exclusive networking opportunities with major startup ecosystem players, government organizations and other relevant stakeholders. They will also be provided personal branding opportunities and speakers slots at CSA conferences. 

Nexus members will offer a scholarship grant to CSA for disbursement to aspiring startups in Canada. (terms and conditions applicable)


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