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Expediting Your International Growth

Canada-India Acceleration Program is designated to support
women entrepreneurs in making impactful connections, learning valuable skills, and breaking into emerging markets like India

Applications Are Now Open!

The Canada-India Acceleration Program (CIAP) strives to position Canadian startups led by women in emerging markets like India, creating more expertise and growth opportunities.

Be a part of our Cohort 5 to explore your venture’s potential in foreign emerging markets – Today!

Why India?

With a rapidly growing economy, India is the 6th largest market in the world. Combined with a population of over 1.2 billion, a strong startup ecosystem, and an expanding middle-class population, India offers vast opportunities for Canadian businesses to expand their ventures. Thus, expanding to India to catapult your business growth can be one of the most lucrative business decisions you will ever make.



Join CIAP and Get Ready To

Set a Concrete Foundation

Expanding business internationally without a profound understanding of local practices and well-established market-entry strategies is impossible, and we know it.

That is why CIAP offers you ScaleCamp, featuring 6-day-long virtual training sessions. We will arm you with deep insight into expanding business to India, including topics like international finance, an overview of the Indian market, and so forth. Delivering by industry-leading experts from Canada and India, the training is not “a general textbook” but the most updated practical insight for your go-to foreign-market strategies, tailored directly for business expansion to India.

Build Strategic Relationships

Soft-landing phase is one of the fundamental stages of CIAP where participants connect with potential funding agencies, angel investor network. You will also be able to establish strategic relationships with prospective distribution, sourcing and technical partners, and even potential clients in India. By getting these connections, your startup is already one (huge) step ahead of your competitors in global business expansion. Moreover, there is no hard end date for the Soft-landing phase and the continuous support of CIAP.

Not just that, once you become a part of the CIAP community, there are plenty of chances to build a network with our portfolio companies during and after the program. Bouncing ideas off each other and sharing stories are what make us connect and get stronger, together.

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Get Funded

Participants have an opportunity to vie for a prize from a $30,000 cash pool by joining our annual Pitch Competition, which takes place at the end of the ScaleCamp phase.

Our pitch competition offers vast opportunities to sharpen your value proposition for your sustainable growth based on the feedback of industry experts and great exposure to potential investors and business partners.

Apply Now →

CIAP and Your Venture is A Perfect Match If

Canadian Startup

Your venture is a Canadian startup registered or willing to register in Southern Ontario

Woman Founder

You are a woman founder or in a decision-making role in your venture

Venture Uses Tech

Your venture utilizes technology in doing business, regardless of what industry you are in

Ready for Expansion

Your venture already has validation from the home market and is ready for an international expansion to emerging markets like India

Uncertain if you are ready for international expansion?

Madan Kaur is happy to help!
Program Manager, Canada-India Accceleration Program


Get in touch

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