When I heard about the CIX Technology Accelerator last week I asked the folks at CIX to write a guest post to tell us more about why they decided to partner with a SF based accelerator to put this package together. I’m not sure about the immigration visa issues around this arrangement, but I assume that is taken care of as well? — Jevon
The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) is delighted to announce that, in partnership with DFAIT and the Consulate General in San Francisco, we are launching a new program to support the innovation community in Canada – the CIX Canadian Technology Accelerator.
The idea is simple. So many emerging Canadian tech companies – from the most early-stage start-ups to more developed players – have told us that they’re eager to develop stronger connections in Silicon Valley, but haven’t been able to find the right opportunity. Well, here it is: the Accelerator will put three qualified Canadian companies in the Plug and Play Tech Center (PnP) in the heart of the Valley for three months, rent paid, starting in June, 2011.
What makes this program truly unique is that PnP is more than just a fully serviced work space. Selected companies will be working alongside over 150 tech start-ups from more than 20 countries while meeting experienced mentors and advisors who can guide growth and development in the Valley and beyond. The program also offers introductions to local angel networks and VC firms and dedicated access to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. Finally, each company will receive a complimentary pass to CIX 2011, taking place next December in Toronto, bringing back the knowledge and experience gained in California and helping to further enrich Canadian connections in the Valley.
The program is open to any Canadian-based tech company working in Digital Media and Information and Communications Technology. Qualified companies are invited to fill out a brief profile on our website before March 11th, 2011. An expert CIX Selection Committee will review submissions, and the three selected companies will be announced in early April.
For more info and to enter, head to our website at www.canadianinnovationexchange.com.