Presented by World Trade Centre
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential.  It has a proven track record helping participants get results.  Just six months after graduating the program:

  • On average, export revenue increased by 28%
  • Participants forecast their export sales to grow 47% over the next 5 years

By enrolling in TAP Canada you can:

  • Navigate complexities of the global trade ecosystem
  • Leverage Canada’s deep trade and investment resources
  • Access tailored, face-to-face coaching and advice
  • Learn about international best practices
  • Accelerate export readiness
  • Develop and implement a new market entry plan
  • Expand your global trade footprint and increase revenue 

Will be delivered via webinar

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Trade Accelerator Program- Regional BC

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Regional BC Cohort of the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)!

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company’s reach through the export of goods and services.

World Trade Centre Vancouver has successfully delivered Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP), in B.C. since 2017. 

The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential.  It has a proven track record helping participants get results. 
Just six months after graduating the program:

  • On average, export revenue increased by 28%
  • Participants forecast their export sales to grow 47% over the next 5 years

By enrolling in TAP Canada you can:

  • Navigate complexities of the global trade ecosystem
  • Leverage Canada’s deep trade and investment resources
  • Access tailored, face-to-face coaching and advice
  • Learn about international best practices
  • Accelerate export readiness
  • Develop and implement a new market entry plan
  • Expand your global trade footprint and increase revenue 

Graduate Testimony:

A growing number of SMEs have benefitted from the program in B.C. Listen to what graduates have to say about the program HERE.

“The Trade Accelerator Program puts fuel on the fire of entrepreneurship. The things you learn are not “nice-to-do’s” they are “must-do’s”.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to take their export game to the next level.”
Dan Wainwright, President, PACRIM Distributors — TAP B.C. Graduate

“TAP is the rocket fuel that BC companies need to power beyond Canada’s borders. The sessions effectively presented export-focused-concepts in the context of how to take action … immediately. Two words: Truly remarkable.”
Marla Brock, CEO, Kidcoover Caregivers Inc. — TAP B.C. Graduate

“TAP created the environment for us to think harder about decision making and strategic planning.  It helped us figure out our priorities, made us focus.  It has been a foundational building block for the next 3-5 years on how best to approach export markets”.  
Oliver Harwood, Owner, Studiostone Creative — TAP B.C. Graduate

Learn more about the program and apply today at tapbc.ca.

Have questions? Call TAP B.C. Team on 604-640-5491 or email info@wtcvancouver.ca

 

APPLY TODAY

 

Regional BC (Virtual – ZOOM) May 5, 6, 13, 14, 21, 26, 27
June 16 and 17
   
Application Deadline April 21, 2021
   
Schedule: Registration: 8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Workshop Program 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
   
  *Bursaries available for qualified companies.

 Canadian Technology Accelerator

Are you looking to scale your digital health business? Boston, New York, and San Francisco are home to world leading digital health markets with growing activity, investment, and opportunities for Canadian companies. Now more than ever, the global situation is showing how innovations in digital health can provide new methods of health care delivery which improves patient care and reduces costs. The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) business development program can give you the knowledge and connections you need to enter and succeed in this market.)

 

Important Dates

Application Deadline Program Dates Application Status
April 2, 2021 23:59 PST May 3 to September 30, 2021 Open

 

Who Should Apply

We are seeking early-stage Canadian technology companies addressing unmet medical needs. We use a broad definition of digital health including:

  • analytics and artificial intelligence
  • behavioral health
  • care coordination
  • diagnostics and monitoring
  • digital therapeutics
  • fertility
  • insurance/ benefits
  • mobile health (mhealth)
  • patient engagement
  • pharmacy
  • provider tools
  • telehealth

Who:

  • are fundraising Seed to Series A investments
  • have a vested interest in pursuing the United States (U.S.) market
  • have a passionate, strong and fully committed CEO or founder who can participate in the virtual program including:
    • advisory meetings
    • preparatory work
    • all kickoff and closing programming

The Trade Commissioner Service supports equality and diversity in trade. We strongly encourage companies led by Canadians of all backgrounds and orientations to apply.

What We Offer

You will have access to:

  • a market readiness evaluation of your company led by a panel of leading venture capitalists
  • tailored advice from up to four mentors or local industry experts, as well as one-on-ones with Trade Commissioners in each market on:
    • identifying and reducing your market barriers
    • fundraising
    • securing clients
  • virtual panels and workshops on market dynamics and business strategy to inform long-term planning
  • virtual networking opportunities with brokered introductions to key industry stakeholders including:
    • healthcare providers, hospitals and pharmaceuticals
    • insurers and payers
    • innovative, like-minded entrepreneurs to share experiences and collaborate
  • pitch opportunities to U.S.-based investors and buyers

Program

The program will offer customized virtual support from May to September 2021 for three hours per week. We will establish tailored priorities at the beginning of the program to develop your business strategy as well as advance your market entry, investment, and customer acquisition objectives. You will participate in:

  • advisory meetings
  • masterclasses
  • opening and closing events
  • and more

Following the guidelines for COVID-19, we will continue to reassess any in-person attendance for the CTA Digital Health in the U.S. However, if a visit to the U.S. is possible, companies should plan to spend a maximum of seven days in the country, including participation in the Rock Health Summit in San Francisco in September 2021.

Apply Now

 

What You Will Gain

You will gain:

  • a deeper understanding of the commercial opportunities for your technology in the market
  • guidance on entering and navigating the U.S. market
  • potential investment, pilot projects, partnerships and long-term sales in the U.S.
  • the opportunity to present to and get noticed by potential buyers, strategic partners, and investors

 

Contact Us

Molly Rafelson Iraina Miles Serban Georgescu
Trade Commissioner Trade Commissioner, Life Sciences Trade Commissioner
New York San Francisco Boston
Molly.Rafelson@international.gc.ca Iraina.Miles@international.gc.ca Serban.Georgescu@international.gc.ca

For general inquiries on the CTA program, please contact the CTA Coordination Team.

 

Wage Subsidies for Healthcare Organizations to Hire Students

Is your organization faced with labour supply issues caused by COVID-19? Would a talent influx of young, eager students help alleviate some of those challenges? Could you benefit from wage subsidies to offset the cost associated with these hires? 

Here’s some great news. As a direct response to COVID-19 and the need for additional healthcare workers, BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) has been extended to include Canada’s healthcare sector

The subsidy covers up to 75% of a student’s work placement to a maximum of $7,500. 

BioTalent Canada—the HR partner of and catalyst for growth in Canada’s bio-economy—has a long track record of success managing wage subsidy programs. SWPP alone has placed over 1,500 students. To meet the current demands for talent, BioTalent Canada will place an additional 1,500 students within Canada’s healthcare industry between now and March 2021. 

Apply today at biotalent.ca/Co-opFunds to grow your talent pool and provide upcoming graduates with the foundational experience they need to start careers. These spots will fill up fast. 

Please contact Sue Callaghan, Events & Project Coordinator at scallaghan@biotalent.ca for more information. 


LifeSciences BC TAP ProgramWe are pleased to invite you to participate in the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP). LSBC Members receive significant discount to attend.


Educational Programs:

UBC Capstone Project: The capstone course brings companies together with 4th year electrical and computer engineering teams to design a technological solution to a significant challenge. 


BC Manufacturing Grant

About the Grant 

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the importance of B.C.’s manufacturing sector, including its economic impacts, the critical goods it provides and the jobs it provides in all regions of the province. 

In response, the Province of British Columbia committed to a $16.25 million one-time investment in the manufacturing sector to support economic recovery through the “B.C. Supply Chain Resiliency and Value-Added Manufacturing Project” announced in StrongerBC. 

The “B.C. Supply Chain Resiliency and Value-Added Manufacturing Project” includes $10 million in funding for the Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant Program (the ‘Program’). 

The program will provide individual grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses that manufacture or process value-added products to:

  • Support industry collaboration to advance innovations that can support enhanced productivity and sustainability, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from industry practices and processes;
  • Adjust to the economic changes created by the COVID-19 pandemic by retooling manufacturing lines or scaling-up production; 
  • Advance the production of manufactured goods that are on the verge of commercialization; and
  • Localize portions of supply chains where B.C. businesses can be competitive.

Expected outcomes from the program include accelerated innovative capacity in the manufacturing sector, strengthened provincial critical supply chains, and new, sustainable economic opportunities for businesses to diversify and increase revenue streams and create jobs throughout the province. 

The Fund is administered by PwC Canada on behalf of the Province of British Columbia. 

How the Program Works 

Small and medium-sized manufacturers (between 2 and 149 employees) from all industry sectors are being invited to apply to support the commercialization or processing of value-added goods. 

Manufacturing under this program is defined as the process of converting raw materials into a finished product that can be traded or sold. This can be done by mechanical, physical or chemical means. 

Value-added goods under this program is defined as the production techniques and processes that add economic value to a raw product. This can include activities related to but not limited to; processing, product preparation, innovative storage packaging, and maximizing product distribution and transportation techniques. 

Applications from the shipbuilding, aerospace, forestry, and food processing sectors will be given priority due to their alignment with strategic B.C. government economic priorities. 

Grants are available between $50,000 up to a maximum of $250,000 to eligible businesses or up to a maximum of $500,000 to eligible groups in collaboration. 

Applications will be accepted from April 15 until 6:00pm PST on May 31, 2021.

Visit bcmanufacturinggrant.ca