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Funding Webinar- Optimizing Returns from Multiple Government Funding Sources

Domestic and international competition is forcing Canadian businesses to develop new or improved products, increase productivity and expand sales in global markets. Financing for innovation or growth has always been a challenge for many companies in Canada. Both the federal and provincial governments provide their financial support through over $20 billion in various funding programs each year. Sourcing funding from both SR&ED tax credits and other direct government incentive programs can give companies the edge they need to take their business to the next level.

WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2016
WHERE: Online @ 11:00am EST

Learn About:

  • Types of government funding opportunities
  • Eligiblility for financing, funding, and tax credits
  • Optimizing your returns from multiple government funding programs
  • Compliance issues between SR&ED and other government funding sources

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Gerry Fung, CPA, CMA, P.Eng.
Vice President, Business Services

 

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New CanExport Program to Support Export Market Development

CanExport is a new government funding program announced on January 5, 2016 that will provide $50 million over the next five years in direct funding to Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to support new export market development.

Through the CanExport program, companies can receive financial support of 50% up to $99,999 for export marketing activities. Eligible activities need to exceed the company’s core activities and focus on promoting international business development. These may include business travel costs, exhibitions at trade shows, market research, adaptation of marketing materials for new markets, and legal fees associated with a distribution/representation agreement.

In order to be eligible for funding through the CanExport program companies must have 1-250 full time employees and $200,000-$50 million in annual revenue declared in Canada. The CanExport program is open to companies in all sectors with the exception of agriculture and food processing, since companies in these industries are already eligible for export funding through the AgriMarketing program.  Export activities to existing markets are not covered by the CanExport program, but still remain eligible for funding from the Export Market Access (EMA) program.

Techtoberfest – Investment and Funding Opportunities for Startups

Communitech will be hosting its Techtoberfest 2015 event from October 13 – 14. This two-day conference is geared towards CEOs and founders of startups that are looking to learn more about investment opportunities. In addition to the multitude of presentations offered, this event is a great networking opportunity that will allow startups to connect with potential investors.

In the tech industry, Communitech is a well-established technological hub in the Waterloo Region that provides support to tech companies throughout all stages of business development. This means that emerging startups as well as large, globally competitive firms can receive support from Communitech.

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.

Early Stage Exporters Fund

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has released a new funding program called Early Stage Exporters (ESE). The ESE program will assist early-stage post-revenue companies to attend international trade shows, participate in outgoing or incoming missions, develop marketing tools, invest in market research, and participate in foreign bidding projects.

The program will fund up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $30,000. The maximum amount of funding available per company is $150,000 and each application can include up to 3 activities.

The eligibility criteria is listed below:

  • Manufacturer in Ontario with an export mandate
  • Incorporated for at least 2 years
  • Minimum of 3 full time equivalent employees
  • Annual sales between $300,000 and $500,000
  • At least one year of reviewed financial statements
  • Operate in one of the priority sectors (advanced manufacturing, aerospace, construction, clean technology, professional services, information communications technology, digital media, and life sciences)

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