Purpose

The Canada-India Acceleration Program (CIAP) helps Canadian women scale-up their companies in untapped markets in cities across India with mentorship from global entrepreneurs, more than 200 incubators, meaningful connections to corporations, potential seed funding and internship opportunities.

The Program

The program has two distinct phases: (1) Training Phase, (2) “Soft Landing” Phase.

Training phase: During the first phase, start-ups are required to attend a training program that brings together experts from both countries to provide information on:

■        Market opportunities and challenges

■        Rules and regulations for various sectors

■        Potential “go to market” strategies

■        Cultural and consumer behavior

“Soft landing” Phase: Once start-ups have successfully completed the first phase, companies go to India for up to three months to  offered a position at one of six partner incubators’ facilities in India. The following services are offered during this phase:

■        customer linkages

■        beta prototype testing

■        mentoring by industry experts

■        corporate connects by leveraging host incubator’s networks

Who should apply

An existing women-led technology start-up that has already developed a prototype with some initial validation from the market. Company’s founder(s) must exhibit a strong desire to access global markets through a well-thought-out scale-up strategy.

Timelines

The next national competition to select this year’s participants will be held in May 2018. Please follow this page for more updates.