Canada Startup Association

Canada Startup Association (CSA) is an 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.

Our Story

President: Tehmina Asad 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. 

Executive Director: Hammad Siddiqui 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. 

Why join

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!