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Ontario Export Market Access Program Re-Opened

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has released an update to the Export Market Access (EMA) program informing applicants that they will be accepting applications for projects/activities that are completed before April 30, 2017.

Do you have a global mindset but think your company is too small to be an exporter? Well, think again.

Recognizing that some companies naturally have a global mindset early on in their development, the EMA program was established to help small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access and expand their growth in foreign markets.

Through the EMA program,  companies can receive funding of up to 50% for a maximum of $30,000 towards eligible activities including international trade show attendance, development of marketing tools, investment in market research, and participation in foreign bidding projects.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the new Application Guide, released in January 2017, to ensure that they meet eligibility requirements, or contact our government funding experts directly, for a free consultation.

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Breakfast Seminar in Vancouver- Financing Solutions for Technology Companies

Join us for an insightful presentation with Canada’s top financial houses servicing the technology sector.
Hosted by MNP, learn about a range of alternate funding options available.

Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Location: MNP Tower
Suite 2200 MNP Tower
1021 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

Panelists include Jonathan Schubert from RBC, Jill Earthy from Frontfundr, Caterina Papadakos from Espresso Capital, and Jaap Siekman from NorthBridge Consultants.

A light breakfast will be served.  For more information and to RSVP, please contact us at jaap@northbridgeconsultants.com

November 2 Toronto Seminar: The Government Can Be a Source of Non-Dilutive Financing for Your Startup

Don’t miss an opportunity to learn about how SR&ED tax credits, non-repayable grants and interest-free loans can give your early-stage company the edge it needs to finance growth.

If you need to extend your runway, consider doing so in a non-dilutive manner by taking advantage of government funding.

Join us for a free seminar on November 2, 2016 that will cover the following topics:

  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) funding
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) funding
  • Federal Development Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) loans
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) support
  • Structuring your company to take advantage of Canadian funding opportunities

When:
November 2, 2016
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. : Registration
5:15 – 6:30 p.m. : Seminar with Q&A
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. : Networking and Refreshments

Where:
Aird & Berlis LLP
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800 – Toronto (map)

Booking/ Registration:
Please RSVP online

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November 2 Seminar: The Government Can Be a Source of Non-Dilutive Financing for Your Startup

Aird and Berlis poster for Nov 2016 seminar

Financing a startup company for innovation or growth has always been a challenge for many in Canada. However, what we lack in VCs is made up for by our plethora of government funding sources. Both the federal and provincial governments provide financial support through over $20 billion in various funding programs each year. If you need to extend your runway, consider doing so in a non-dilutive manner by taking advantage of government funding.

Join us for a free seminar on November 2, 2016 to learn about how sourcing funding from SR&ED tax credits, non-repayable grants and interest-free loans can give early-stage companies the edge they need to finance growth. This seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits
  • Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) funding
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) funding
  • Federal Development Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) loans
  • Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) support
  • Structuring your company to take advantage of Canadian funding opportunities

When:
November 2, 2016
5:00 – 5:15 p.m. : Registration
5:15 – 6:30 p.m. : Seminar with Q&A
6:30 – 7:15 p.m. : Networking and Refreshments

Where:
Aird & Berlis LLP
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800 – Toronto (map)

Booking/ Registration:
Please RSVP online

Speakers:

Gerry Fung
CPA, CMA, P.Eng. Vice President, Business Services at NorthBridge Consulting Services Inc.

 

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Student Start-ups: Success of Velocity

Velocity was created for the purpose of giving students at the University of Waterloo access to resources to turn their innovative ideas into successful start-up businesses. Through Velocity, students at the University of Waterloo are fostered as entrepreneurs through first-hand experience and interaction with successful industry professionals, and are supported with the tools to learn, network, and share ideas with their peers. In 2008, Velocity branched out to create Velocity Residence, which provides an opportunity for University of Waterloo students to engage in their entrepreneurial interests. Students have the opportunity to network with others from a variety of disciplines, and this experience culminates in a one week boot camp where students learn how to solve problems associated with running a business.

Today, Velocity has a total of six interlinked branches: Velocity Residence, Velocity Garage, Velocity Alpha, Velocity Science, Velocity Foundry, and Velocity Fund Finals. These branches support students by giving them funding opportunities, mentorships to help them build their startup businesses, and the equipment necessary to run their start-ups.

Northbridge Consultants has over 20 years of experience assisting clients in digital media and manufacturing companies with grant applications to hire and train recent graduates, secure tax credits, and build their businesses. Notable examples of grants include the ICTC – Career Connect Program, the Youth Employment Fund, and the Canada Jobs grant. Northbridge Consultants assists successful Information and Technology (ICT) startup firms secure the maximum amount of funding from programs such as the SR&ED tax credit program, which gives eligible companies up to a 35% tax credit for R&D work conducted. For companies that want to build their advantage over their competitors, contact Northbridge Consultants and see how we can help you grow your business.

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