Whenever you think of the government running a boot camp, scenes from Full Metal Jacket might come to mind. But if your startup is in the Internet and communications technology, life sciences or cleantech sector, you won’t want to miss out on the Technology Growth Initiative (TGI) - Business Bootcamps Spring 2011, presented by TGI, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Miller Thomson and KPMG.
The boot camp consists of four elements:
- Free webinars: these webinars will feature experts from all over North America “who will discuss everything from IP to alternative financing models, to how to market your technology company and influence key business technology and financial decision makers.” The next webinar is April 6th.
- One-day business boot camps: these events will focus on coaching the startups and getting some experience with pitching. These live events will happening over five days and in five cities: April 27th (in Halifax), April 28th (Quebec City), April 29th (London), May 2nd (Toronto) and May 3rd (Ottawa).
- Pipeline to industry insiders: the TCS will be scouting the live boot camps, and will select the most promising companies, and give them access to investors and other leading industry figures. As well, TCS will help those companies expand to key American markets like San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas/Houston New York, Minneapolis, Boston, Buffalo and Washington D.C.
- Aftercare: the TCS will follow up with companies that take part, and help them access Canadian markets.
To register for the boot camps in or to find more information, click here.