Get ready to push your growth and change the future.
Who we are
Venturepark Labs is a non-profit supporting early-stage entrepreneurs in the food & wellness categories. It was initially founded in 2015 as District Ventures Accelerator and District Ventures Kitchen by Canadian business icon Arlene Dickinson. In May 2021, this initiative became Venturepark Labs—a proud community within Venturepark—Canada’s only business growth ecosystem.
Being part of the Park allows us to channel the experience and expertise of all Park communities to push our entrepreneurs’ potential even further, and make our world even better.
We believe great businesses can change the world. We have a single-minded, passionate goal:
Board of Directors
Arlene’s the founder of the Venturepark business growth ecosystem. She’s a three-time best-selling author and accomplished public speaker, widely recognized for her role as a Dragon/Venture Capitalist for over 12 seasons on the multi-award-winning television series, Dragons Den.
Arlene’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She’s a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Arlene’s served for many years as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy.
She sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting the community and country.
Meet the Team
What we do
FROM CONCEPT TO MARKET
Helping aspiring food entrepreneurs develop their innovative ideas for tasty new products.
Giving big ideas room to grow with our commercial production facility in Toronto, Ontario.
Offering food entrepreneurs in our kitchen and across Canada the tools necessary to refine their product before accelerating growth.
Providing mentorship, industry connections, and access to capital through our national Accelerator Program to help scale food & wellness products.