Innovacorp’s Accelerate Program helps Nova Scotia* technology companies get investment ready.

Important Dates: 
August 19, 2019
Call for submissions
September 11, 2019
Submission deadline
September 19, 2019
Shortlisted companies notified
September 20, 2019
Shortlist presentations
September 23, 2019
Winners notified
October 7-9, 2019
Business boot camp (mandatory)

If you have a high potential start-up approaching investment readiness, we can help.

*If you’re outside Canada and interested in the program, click here for international applicant information

The Accelerate Program is now closed for submissions. The deadline for applications was Wednesday, September 11, 2019, by 11:59 pm ADT. (Note: This was a two-day extension due to the recent storm.) The program will run from October 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.

Target sectors for this program include information technology, clean technology, life sciences and ocean technology. We’re especially interested in deep technology opportunities, which we define as technology based on a scientific discovery or new engineering innovation. However, we welcome submissions from any sector.

Participants will receive $50,000 in non-dilutive, non-repayable funding per company to address key technical and business milestones. Funding will be provided to program participants as a reimbursement on expense claims. Receipts are required.

In addition to funding, companies will get access to a series of acceleration activities and resources from October 2019 to March 2020. Resources will be tailored to the cohort to provide support where participants need it most. Participants should make every effort to take advantage of all the activities and resources offered, which will include:

  • Experts in Residence (EiRs) will be available monthly to provide one-on-one advice in four core business areas: product management, venture finance, strategy and governance, and human resources and culture.
  • Monthly workshops with subject matter experts will cover a variety of business and technical topics. Topics will be tailored to the cohort participants’ industries and needs. For example, subjects covered during previous cohorts included IP strategy, regulatory planning and investment readiness.
  • Market intelligence through the MaRS Market Intelligence Services program will provide participants with information about their industry, competitors, market, potential investors and partners, and best practices. The MaRS team of analysts and information specialists have industry knowledge and access to top proprietary databases, reports and statistics.
  • Co-working space in one of our world-class incubation facilities will ensure your team has access to the infrastructure it needs, worry free. Read more about our incubation facilities: The Labs at Innovacorp (formerly named Innovacorp Enterprise Centre), The Bays at Innovacorp (formerly named Technology Innovation Centre) and Start-Up Yard at COVE (Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship).

Get all the details about this remarkable offering in the ACCELERATE PROGRAM INFO KIT.

Eligibility

Applicants must be a registered start-up based in Nova Scotia.* Details on how to register with Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies (RJSC) are available from Service Nova Scotia.

Location:  Nova Scotia-based *
Financing:  Less than $1 million in cumulative sales; less than $250,000 equity investment (including convertible debt) raised to date
Stage:  In addition to having identified a large market pain and market opportunity and having established a company around a customer-validated solution, competitive applicants will have conducted a thorough competitive analysis and achieved proof of concept. The stage of an applicant’s product development may vary depending on sector, however competitive candidates are generally expected to have completed – or be well on their way to completing – a prototype or minimum viable product.
Sectors:  Target industries include information technology, clean technology, life sciences and ocean technology. We’re especially interested in deep technology opportunities, which we define as technology based on a scientific discovery or new engineering innovation. However, we welcome submissions from any sector.
People:  Founders and/or managers have industry knowledge, management experience and commitment to the venture
Market:  Large, growing international market
Competition:  High barrier to competitive entry
Execution:  Credible plan to reach key milestones
Exclusions:  Innovacorp investment portfolio companies are ineligible for this opportunity

If you’re outside Canada and interested in the program, click here for the international applicant information.

How to Apply

Innovacorp’s Accelerate Program is now closed for submissions. Entering was easy. Entrants were asked to simply complete the Microsoft Word APPLICATION FORM, answering the questions in the boxes provided, and then upload their applications online by Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 11:59 pm ADT. (Note: This was a two-day extension due to the recent storm.)

Please note that Innovacorp is unable to accommodate updates once summaries are submitted.

All applicants will be notified about the results by September 19, 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present to the selection committee on September 20, 2019. We will work with applicants to accommodate schedules as much as possible.

For more information, contact Kristen Fortune via email or by phone at 902.424.8674 ext. 1604 or 1.800.565.7051 ext. 1604 (Toll Free in Atlantic Canada).

Contact

Kristen Fortune
  1. 902.424.8674 ext. 1604
  2. 1.800.565.7051 ext. 1604 (Toll Free in Atlantic Canada)