United States retail technology - Canadian Technology Accelerator

The retail technology market is a trillion-dollar industry that is always looking for new ways to adapt to consumer demands and evolving trends. This market provides Canadian companies with growth opportunities abroad. The United States (U.S.) Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) business development program will immerse your retail tech company into two major U.S. markets: East Coast (New York City (NYC)) as well as West Coast (Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley). The program offers eight-weeks of tailored guidance, knowledge, and the connections you need to enter and grow in these markets.

Important dates

Application deadlineProgram datesTime commitment
April 30, 2022 (23:59 pm PT)May 16 to June 30, 2022About 3 hours per week

Who should apply

We are looking for early-stage Canadian retail tech companies with software/hardware solutions to address anything from:

In addition, we are seeking companies that have:

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 your business

The U.S. retail tech CTA helps high-potential Canadian companies gain exposure to the thriving NYC and California ecosystems. Through a single application, Canadian retail tech companies can benefit from participation in two distinct markets with virtual and in-market programming and support:

For more information, please contact for the NYC portion or and for the California portion.


The program will offer customized in-person and virtual support from May to June 2022 with weekly sessions. 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:

Following the guidelines for COVID-19, we will continue to reassess any in-person attendance for the CTA Retail Tech program.

Contact us

Safia Morsly-Fikai

Safia Morsly-Fikai
Trade Commissioner
Canadian Technology Accelerator — New York

Isabella Schilpp

Isabella Schilpp
Trade Commissioner
Canadian Technology Accelerator — Los Angeles

Christine Shun

Christine Shun
Trade Commissioner
Canadian Technology Accelerator – Silicon Valley

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