Tech companies based in Birmingham will be able to forge new joint initiatives with counterparts in Canada after a memorandum of understanding was signed.
Ontario's trade minister Michael Chan and representatives from Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone (DMZ) visited Innovation Birmingham Campus to sign the MoU which has set the context for the initiatives.
They will enable tech entrepreneurs based in Birmingham and the city region to gain valuable insight and connections in North America while tech entrepreneurs located in Ontario will be able to access the UK and continental European markets through Birmingham.
Representatives from UKTI, the High Commission of Canada and NatWest Bank will work alongside the entrepreneurs in residence and incubation centre managers at the two centres to facilitate connections.
Mr Chan said: "The signing of a MoU between the Digital Media Zone, one of the top tech incubators in Canada and indeed the whole of North America, and Innovation Birmingham's leading UK tech incubator will create significant global opportunities.
"The cities of Toronto and Birmingham both have a world-renowned automotive manufacturing legacy which has played a part in fuelling the huge growth in the size and breadth of their respective tech communities in recent times.
"The collaborations that could result from this new partnership should be both highly innovative and lucrative."
Overlooking the heart of downtown Toronto, the DMZ was formerly the Canadian office of Google.
It is a hub of innovation and collaboration that connects start-ups with customers, advisers, influencers and other entrepreneurs as part of a community that supports and fosters disruptive technologies.
The programme of joint initiatives is designed to create opportunities for tech start-ups and SMEs to access new global markets, scale their business within accelerated timescales and create new high-value jobs in both locations.
It promotes so-called borderless innovation, creating communities of interest which are not confined by geography.
Meetings, group discussions and global hackathon events will take place via high-definition video conferencing technology which is already in place at the Innovation Birmingham Campus and Ryerson University's DMZ.
Dr David Hardman, chief executive of Innovation Birmingham, added: "When visiting Toronto's Digital Media Zone last month, it was evident just how similar the ethos, community and outputs were to the Innovation Birmingham Campus.
"This partnership will create benchmarking and strategic opportunities for both incubation centres, as well as opening up a wealth of global possibilities for the tech entrepreneurs based in each location."