Canada-Chicago Mentoring Program (C2MP), A Canada Technology Accelerator Pilot in 2020
Date: February 06, 2020
Location: Chicago, United States of America
Target Audience: Canadian Lifesciences/Healthcare Start-ups
Sector: Life sciences
The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is seeking applications from innovative Canadian companies in the Lifesciences/Healthcare sectors. The TCS has entered into a partnership with Point B (formerly Chicago Innovation Mentors) at MATTER, the Life sciences/Healthcare nexus in downtown Chicago to provide strategic guidance to Canadian start-ups. Point B is a translational and acceleration program that collaborates with universities, research institutions, and corporations to held advance life sciences, healthcare, and digital health ventures through team-based mentorship.
Why your company should participate?
- Receive coaching and mentoring for a period of 6 months from a team of life sciences/healthcare and other business professionals
- Improve your understanding of market access issues in the US
- Define or refine your strategy
- Build your network of key contacts in the Chicago market to develop new business relationships and identify market opportunities
- Immerse yourself in a culture of collaboration, open innovation and entrepreneurial inspiration
- Receive dedicated services from the Trade Commissioner Service
Program for selected companies:
Part 1: Orientation for the program (January 2020)
- Participate in a webinar with the Consulate and Point B at Matter to go over the details of the mentoring program
Part 2: Day of Acceleration in Chicago (February 6, 2020)
- Participate in a full day program organized by the Trade Commissioner Service at Matter
- Pitch and showcase your technology to an audience of 120+ mentors and stakeholders
Part 3: Six Month Mentoring Program (February 6– August 2020) – Total number of monthly meetings: 6 (in addition to the Day of Acceleration). Note: The last meeting will be held in August 2020 and will include a debrief with the Trade Commissioner Service in Chicago and Point B
- Be matched with a team of 3 to 5 mentors (you will be (you will be assigned a lead mentor to work closely with you and the rest of the team)
- Engage your team of mentors for guidance and advice. Be proactive to gain valuable feedback on your growth challenges, market access strategy, business model, investor pitch
- Get access for free to MATTER, Chicago’s top tier healthcare incubator, its workplace, its network and all of its educational programming (www.matter.health)
- Plan to travel to market AT LEAST FOUR TIMES for face to face meetings with your mentor team (February 6 + 3 other dates including a date to be confirmed in July or August 2020 for the 6th meeting which will include a debrief with the Trade Commissioner Service in Chicago and Point B at Matter).
- Part of the mentoring can be done virtually (emails, conference calls, videoconferences)
- Able to commit at least one senior team member (C-level or Founder) to take part in the virtual program and attend a minimum of four in-market mentoring sessions (in addition to the Day of Acceleration).
C2MP companies are selected using a competitive application process. Ideal candidates have:
- Created a technology/product with high potential for growth
- Initial traction in the market place (in Canada or the US or another geography)
- A management team
- A need for local professionals to evaluate their business models/strategy
- Resources to visit the market a minimum of four times to meet with their mentoring teams.
Register to attend:
- Register now by sending a request for an application form to: email@example.com. For additional information, contact Laura Dalby (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chantal Glass (email@example.com).
- All applicants will be qualified by a vetting committee.
- All applications must be received at the Consulate by October 31, 2019.
Why your organization should participate:
- Compare your product/service with international competitors
- Develop a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in foreign markets
- Gain insights and market intelligence
- Increase visibility of your product or service
- Meet academic or research entities
- Meet key commercial entities, industry players, and potential buyers, investors and/or partners
- Meet key regulatory bodies
- Participate in networking events
- Participate in pre-organized business to business meetings
- Pitch your product /service to selected audiences
- Receive mentoring and coaching
- Receive on-the-ground assistance from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
Trade Commissioner(s) involvement:
Activities organized by the Trade Commissioner Service
- Business-to-business meetings
- Networking event
- Product pitch to select audiences
The Trade Commissioners, Laura Dalby (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Chantal Glass (email@example.com), specialize in the Innovation and Healthcare/Lifesciences sectors for the Chicago market and can provide information on this and other local events as well as advice on business development in the region. Services from the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service are offered free of charge to Canadian companies and organizations.
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