Canadian Indigenous Business Accelerator 2024
Date: January 9 to March 26, 2024
Venue: Virtual program with possibility of an in-person completion day
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Target Audience: Canadian Indigenous-owned companies with an interest in the US Pacific Northwest. Attendees include C-Level executives from up to 12 select innovative, venture-scale startups that has strong commitment to examine the viability and develop business plans to the U.S. market.
Sector: Aerospace, Agriculture and processed foods, Clean technologies, Information and communications technologies, Life sciences
The Trade Commissioner Service in Seattle in partnership with the Northwest Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) and Trade & Investment British Columbia is convening a new cohort of Canadian Indigenous innovators and early-stage startups interested in growing their entrepreneurial skills and fast-tracking their market validation for the USA, with a focus on the US Pacific Northwest (PNW); States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
Building upon the mindset of innovation in the area, program participants will spend 3 months together building skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. The learning experience includes expert instruction, hands-on individual and group activities, personalized mentorship, as well as introduction to relevant business contacts in the Pacific Northwest market. The cohort concludes with members delivering their pitch to an audience of industry experts and potential investors.
Participants will also be invited to take part in Canada's business-to-business (B2B) program at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) 2024, taking place on March 11-14, 2024.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Develop first-hand understanding of the U.S. PNW market overview and profile ─ Doing business in the U.S. & Opportunities and challenges for Canadian companies
- Gain knowledge and skills needed for:
- Hands-on practice with design and innovation processes
- Tips and tools for conducting research and market analysis
- Strategies for validating ideas and gathering feedback
- Essential components of Intellectual Property strategy
- Business model generation
- Financial planning for operations and investment
- Sales and marketing strategies
- Communication and presentation skills for business audiences
- Receive specific advice for Indigenous enterprises doing cross-border business in the U.S., as appropriate
- Participate in a minimum of 3 business-to-business meetings, including possible in-person activities
- Receive additional support from the Trade Commissioner Service, including follow-up business connections and on the ground trade support in the PNW market
The program is offered by a third party and will take place in English only.
Register to attend
Application and detailed information through the NWIRC website.
(November 30, 2023: Applications close)
- Contact Akiko Onozuka (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions regarding the accelerator program.
Why your organization should participate:
- Develop a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in foreign markets
- Gain insights and market intelligence
- Participate in pre-organized business to business meetings
- Market assessment and connection to relevant local business partners
Trade Commissioner(s) involvement:
Activities organized by the Trade Commissioner Service
- Business-to-business meetings
The Trade Commissioner, Akiko Onozuka (email@example.com), can provide information on this event and other local events that you are considering, as well as advice on business development in the region. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service offers services free of charge to Canadian exporters and companies that meet our client criteria.
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