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Vancouver Lunch & Learn at Fort Tectoria – Government Funding for R&D, Innovation and Growth

Lunch & Learn about maximizing government funding through the various stages of corporate development

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Doors: 11:45 am
Presentation and Q&A: 12 –1:30 pm
Location: Fort Tectoria – 777 Fort St
Register

There are many Government Funding programs available to assist Canadian businesses with expenses related to R&D, new product development, manufacturing process improvements, tapping into international markets and workforce development.

Join this lunch & learn to learn about some of these programs, how they fit in the difference stages of your corporate development, and also about the limitations of government funding and the need for alternate sources of working capital.

Some of the funding programs covered include:

  • SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development)
  • IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program)
  • Innovative Solutions Canada
  • Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS)
  • BCIP (Build in Canada Innovation Program)
  • SDTC (Sustainable Development Technology Canada)
  • Canada Agriculture Partnership / Agri-Innovation
  • Engage, CRD, Mitacs (grants for working with universities)
  • CanExport
  • Eureka, GGI, CIIP (International research collaboration)
  • Hiring & Training Grants

 

A light lunch will be provided.

Please register by email to jaap@northbridgeconsultants.com.

 

About the presenter: Jaap Siekman MSc, PEng, PMP

Jaap is an independent business advisor and representative for NorthBridge Consultants. He educates start-ups and growing companies on Government Funding programs that support R&D and Innovation in Canada.

NorthBridge is a national consultancy firm, with offices in BC, ON and QC.

Jaap has ~28 years’ experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Development and Management in a variety of industries.

Contact:
Ph: 604.562.5209
E: jaap@northbridgeconsultants.com

 

Canadian Agricultural Partnership- Second Intake for Ontario Applications Opening Soon

The new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), launched in April 2018, is a five-year, $3B federal-provincial-territorial agreement providing funding to agri-processors.

The second Ontario CAP application intake for producers, processors, and other Agri businesses will be opening from August 7 – 28, 2018.

Provincial CAP programs are being rolled out on a cost-shared (60:40) basis. Ontario’s CAP program offers various streams for agri-producers, processors and other businesses. For example, Ontario processors can apply for funding of up to:

  • $250K for integrating new or novel technological and equipment upgrades (defined as having been adopted by less than 20% of the sector in Ontario, to date) to improve labour productivity.
  • $100K for integrating Enterprise Resource Planning software.

Additional Ontario CAP streams are available to agri-processors to support other activities/initiatives, such as:

  • Food safety and traceability equipment.
  • Ingredient efficiency and waste reduction.
  • Marketing of products outside of Canada and internationally.
  • Monitoring plant pest and treat equipment and training.
  • Improving animal housing, and animal handling equipment with technology.

Is your company looking for funding to support innovation and business growth initiatives? Contact us today to find out how much funding your company could receive.

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.

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