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Bridging the Commercialization Gap- Funding Opportunities

Is your company investing heavily in R&D but struggling to commercialize your innovations?

Read our latest Excellence in Manufacturing blog series to learn about various non-dilutive financing options available to Canadian companies that can help close the gap between performing R&D to commercialization in the ICT, Manufacturing, and Agri-food sectors.

To learn more about various funding options that can help your company to innovate and grow, contact us today to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our government funding experts.

5 Essential Tips for Maximizing Government Funding

By leveraging the right sources of government funding at the right stage of growth, you can significantly maximize your returns from government funding programs, while minimizing your investment in time.

Read our latest article in Small Business BC to find our how you can leverage government funding for your company or contact us today to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to determine your eligibility for government funding programs.

NorthBridge is involved with a broad array of emerging industries throughout Canada. The Principals of NorthBridge are angel investors themselves with extensive experience in raising both debt and equity. This, coupled with NorthBridge’s expertise in various government funding programs, provides an unparalleled combination to assist Canadian technology companies with their growth trajectories.

 

Elevate TechFest 2018 Launch

Tech leaders, senior government officials, investors, CEOs, and strategic partners gathered on April 17, 2018 at the Shopify Toronto office for the launch of Elevate TechFest 2018.

Elevate TechFest is a unique four day city-wide tech and innovation festival taking place in Toronto from September 24-27, 2018 which will bring together 10,000 guests, 300 speakers, and 250 venues to explore emerging technologies such as blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and FinTech and relevant topics on data privacy and digital inclusiveness.

Formerly called Elevate Toronto, Elevate TechFest provides an unparalleled collaborative and educational platform for Canada’s booming high tech startup ecosystem. According to Razor Suleman, co-founder and CEO of Elevate TechFest, the new name reflects Elevate’s desire to build on last year’s momentum, “to disrupt together as a country, and demonstrate to a global audience that Canada is a powerhouse of innovation and technology.”

Razor Suleman, co-founder and CEO of Elevate TechFest, Elevate 2018 Launch at Shopify, Toronto

The Elevate 2018 launch event announced headline speakers, community initiatives, and new partnerships. Last year, Elevate featured top speakers such as the godfathers of artificial intelligence Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, renowned investor Vinod Khosla, CBC Dragon and Clearbanc co-founder Michele Romanow, and many more. The initial line up of speakers announced at the Elevate 2018 launch includes Former VP of the US and co-founder of Generation Investment Al Gore, founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe Herd, co-founder and COO of Cloudflare Michelle Zatlyn, CEO of the MaRS Discovery District Yung Wu, and managing partner at CasaVerde Capital Karan Wadhera.

The Elevate Team, Elevate 2018 Launch at Shopify, Toronto

This year, the festival will feature all new content tracks and will launch new features including a corporate buyer zone, one-on-one meetings with investors as well as an expanded Elevate-R Pitch, and a March-madness style pitch competition showcasing the best Canadian scaleup companies.

The Startup Revolution

At an age when the technology sector is growing twice as fast as the global economy, startup ecosystems provide a vital means for individuals and regions to not only take advantage of technological change, but to also steer it in a direction that will improve humanity.

Read more about Startup Financing in Canada including Canada’s Startup EcosystemFund RaisingWriting A Convincing Business Plan and Canada’s Brain Gain.  

 

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NorthBridge is involved with a broad array of emerging industries throughout Canada. The Principals of NorthBridge are angel investors themselves with extensive experience in raising both debt and equity. This, coupled with NorthBridge’s expertise in various government funding programs, provides an unparalleled combination for assisting Canadian technology companies to raise funding for growth.

Contact us today to arrange for a free, no obligation consultation to determine your eligibility of receiving government funding.

Connect & Learn in Burnaby- MetroTech Connect Inaugural MeetUp at i-on-CONNECT

Please join us on Thursday March 15, 2018 at 6pm in the Sanctuary Lounge at i-on-CONNECT for MetroTech’s Connect Inaugural MeetUp to learn more about business financing for tech start-ups.

WHO:
Attendees: Anyone interested in being part of a network of collaborative, innovative, tech start-up focused humans!

Presenters:

  • Jaap Siekman MSc, PEng, PMP

Jaap is the Regional Manager for NorthBridge Consultants. He educates start-ups and growing companies on Government Funding programs that support R&D and Innovation in Canada. Jaap has 28 years of managerial experience in New Product Development, Engineering and Manufacturing in a variety of industries. Founded 25 years ago, and with ~20 professionals in offices in BC, ON, and QC, NorthBridge is an expert consultancy firm assisting businesses throughout Canada with Government Funding that supports R&D, Innovation and Growth.

Jaap will discuss a variety of Government Funding programs that support Product Development, commercialization and company growth, such as:

  • SR&ED
  • IRAP
  • Selling to the government: BCIP, ISC, CANSOFCOM, IDEaS
  • Clean tech: SDTC and ICE Fund
  • Agri-Food: Growing Forward, Agri-Innovation
  • Working with universities: Engage, CRD, Mitacs
  • Export marketing: CanExport, Going Global Innovation, Soft Landing
  • Hiring & Training Grants

Gary Bizzo – Strategist/Global Influencer
Gary has mentored over 1000 business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs and is a global social media influencer and author. Forbes, in May 2017, said Bizzo was one of the Top 25 Small Business Accounts on Twitter. London-based Richtopia said Bizzo was one of the Top 200 Social Influencers in the World for 2017. Entrepreneur Magazine, in 2014, said Bizzo was one of “17 Masters of Marketing & PR Entrepreneurs Can Learn From.” He is an Elite Weekly writer for Equities.com (the largest platform for emerging growth companies). He is the author of “How to Start a Successful Business – the First Time” and “Social Media RockStar – Social Media Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Business” both on Amazon. He also contributes to Stockhouse.com. Gary is a Partner at Equifaira – Liquidity Event Planners, specialists in strategy & execution, corporate finance, capital formation & investor relations. & TBA

WHAT: All things finance! Not only how to get money but how to spend and ways save it!

WHERE: The stylish, state of the art Sanctuary Lounge at i-on-CONNECT at One Innovation Place in North Burnaby. A short walk or bus ride from Production/University Skytrain Station and minutes from SFU, BCIT, Hwy#1 & Hwy#7

WHEN: We plan on having our Connection MeetUps on the third Thursday of most months – Thursday is, after all, the new Friday!!

HOW:
1) Register
2) Show up.
3) Network, eat pizza, have a beer, share experiences at a roundtable facilitated by one of our speakers.
4) Sit back and listen to the featured presentations.
5) Participate in a vote on your content…what do you want out of this MeetUp…this is all about you!
5) Head home smarter and more confident than when you arrived, buzzed on knowledge

HOW MUCH: $15 – same for everyone – through paypal/credit card online!

RUNDOWN:
6:00 pm: Network, food and bev, roundtables facilitated by our presenters
7:00 pm: MTC announcements & intros
7:10 pm: Presentations begin – Q & A to follow each
8:10 pm: Wrap up and topic proposals/voting

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