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Global Affairs Canada – Canadian Technology Accelerators

Alexandre Lanteigne

Trade Commissioner

Alexandre.Lanteigne@international.gc.ca

A Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) can give your company a head start in a foreign market. CTAs are located in major tech hubs and support firms in a wide range of technology sectors. Each CTA focuses on helping businesses take advantage of what the local market has to offer. These services vary among CTAs, but generally include:

  • Mentorship and advice from industry leaders in the foreign market
  • Office space in technology centres shared with other entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Access to potential investors
  • Connections and networking in the technology business community

Started in 2009, the initiative is currently operating in six cities. It is aimed at small technology companies serving three main sectors:

  • Information communication technology (ICT), robotics and devices
  • Life sciences
  • Cleantech

CTAs have helped Canadian businesses acquire investment, advice, partners and sales.