Looking to do business in the United States? 

Don’t miss this Fall’s Western Canada Technology Growth Initiative (TGI), hosted by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), in Winnipeg on October 26, 2011!  

Program fast-tracks success for technology start-ups 

Visit the event website for full event details or contact the TGI team

If your company is an emerging Canadian technology business, you know how difficult it can be to gain a foothold in some of the most dynamic markets south of the border. In fact, it’s one of the greatest challenges faced by IT, cleantech and life sciences firms on the cusp of commercialization.

The Technology Growth Initiative (TGI) addresses the problem by taking a holistic approach to commercialization. Through four phases, surrounding a one-day TGI educational and pitching program held across Western Canada, companies are provided with value-added industry knowledge, strategic business coaching and key business contacts. The goal? To help companies refine their business models and make the connections they need to grow.

The one-day TGI program is divided into morning presentational by U.S. and Canadian industry experts, a networking lunch, and afternoon pitching sessions. Companies may choose to participate in the TGI as competitors, by pitching their technology to a panel of expert judges, or simply as attendees, by watching the competition and attending the morning events.

There are two ways to participate in TGI:

1. Apply to be a TGI competitor to benefit from:

  • Online training webinars
  • A coaching session on pitching
  • Morning presentations by industry experts
  • Networking lunch
  • A spot to pitch in front of a panel of judges in the afternoon
  • Valuable business contacts
  • Free business advice from industry experts
  • A place within the DFAIT Aftercare Service that will help bring your company to the next step in entering the U.S. marketplace.

2. Register as a TGI attendee to benefit from:

  • Morning presentations by industry experts
  • Networking lunch, and
  • A seat to watch the TGI competitors to pitch in the afternoon  

Only top qualifying companies from each sector (ICT, cleantech and life sciences) will be chosen to compete in the afternoon pitching sessions. Companies that are not selected to compete will be offered a TGI Attendees seat.

The four phases of TGI

Online training webinars

All competitors and attendees can access to a series of preparatory business-focused webinars featuring leading Canadian and U.S. industry experts who will discuss everything from intellectual property to alternative financing models, to marketing technology companies and influencing key business technology and financial decision makers.

Coaching sessions before the pitching session

Trade commissioners, located in regional offices throughout Western Canada, and their local partners, will offer some coaching to prepare TGI competitors for the pitching sessions.

One-day TGI Business program (In three cities, from October 24 to 26, 2011)

All competitors and attendees will have access to a series of morning presentations by industry experts as well as the networking lunch. In the afternoon, TGI competitors will compete by pitching their company and products to a panel of Canadian and U.S. industry experts, in front of an audience composed of TGI attendees and other industry players. Industry experts attending, presenting and judging during the TGI include venture capitalists, consulting firms, industry experts, academics, entrepreneurs and more.

Specially designed US market technology initiatives

TGI competitors who receive top scores during the pitching sessions will gain access to specially designed U.S. market technology initiatives. These tailored initiatives, also called “pipelines,” offer priviledged access to industry decision makers, technology partners and venture capital entrepreneurs in key U.S. markets such as: Boston, Buffalo, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and San Francisco.

Trade Commissioner Service regional offices will follow-up with TGI Boot Camp competitors to continue accompanying them through the improvement of their business strategies and connection to markets with personalized services

Registration for the Technology Growth Initiative is now open.  

For more information, visit the event website or contact the TGI team.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  If you are interested in registering, but the online system is closed, please contact me directly.           

Hope to see you there!

Dana Hay, B.Ed.
Trade Commissioner | Deleguee commerciale
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada | Affaires étrangères et Commerce international Canada
Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada
E. [email protected] 
P. (204) 983-6033
F. (204) 984-7082
4th Floor, 400 St. Mary Ave. Winnipeg, MB R3C 3K5