• Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Canada is ranking high among the top North American startup incubators and accelerators see more

    Source: DailyHive
    Author: Kayla Gladysz

    7 of North America's top startup incubators and accelerators are in Canada

    The numbers are in.

    And it looks like Canada is ranking high among the top North American startup incubators and accelerators.

    These companies exist to support the growth and development of startup companies, through various types of training, office spaces, tools and technology, connections and mentorship.

    Of a recent top 40 list by Salesflare, a CRM software for small businesses, seven of the spots are held by Canadian names. Here’s the breakdown:

    Quebec City

    Le Camp


    Creative Destruction Lab
    Extreme Accelerator


    Launch Academy


    Accelerate Tectoria (VIATEC, at Fort Tectoria)

    So if you’re planning on beginning a startup in Canada, it looks like you have plenty of options for solid support on your endeavours.

    And if you’re interested in the ones from further south, here are the incubators and accelerators that made the Top 40 from the US:

    Capital Factory
    Tech Ranch Austin
    Chicago Blockchain Center
    New Venture Challenge
    The Brandery
    Make in LA
    Betaworks (Camp)
    Blueprint Health
    Cofound Harlem
    Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
    Fintech Innovation Lab
    MetaProp NYC
    New York Digital Health Innovation Lab
    XRC Labs
    500 Startups
    Alchemist Accelerators
    Boost VC
    Founders Embassy
    Illumina Accelerator
    Upwest Labs

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    TTI is kicking off with "InnOvaTion", an 8 week program targeted at early stage IoT startups see more

    Announcing the TELUS Technology Incubator Powered by CTI

    CTI and TELUS have partnered to support Canadian technology startups at all stages of growth. At the early stage, together, we help startups develop a robust go to market strategy. For growth stage startups, we offer a combination of advisory services that strengthen all aspects of their business, leading to increased growth, higher visibility with potential customers and investors, and potential enterprise opportunities with TELUS. Collectively, these efforts strengthen the innovation ecosystem and create economic prosperity in Canada. 

    Exposes a critical mass of early stage startups to education and advice from TELUS, CTI and its partners. This facilitates startup growth and strengthens the Canadian technology ecosystem.

    Ideal for: Early stage startups looking to validate their product and the market


    Identifies and accelerates Canadian growth stage startups in priority areas such as big data, digital health, IoT and smart agriculture that TELUS can potentially take to market to address a customer challenge.

    Ideal for: Growth stage startups looking to expand and accelerate their business


  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Podcast interview with eCourse Adventures and Warp Academy, who are BOTH a part of VIATEC's VAP see more

    Source: eCourse Adventures

    Building a 6-Figure Music Academy

    Podcast interview with eCourse Adventures and Warp Academy, who are BOTH a part of VIATEC's Venture Acceleration Program!

    Drew Vespers is the founder of Warp Academy, an online music academy for producers and performers using Ableton Live. 

    Their courses include a combination of high-quality video tutorials, immersive online courses, downloadable templates, and live-streaming, interactive webinars. 

    Drew and his team are on a mission to lead a thriving global community of passionate music producers, empowering them with the world's highest quality and most innovative music production eCourses from the industry's brightest minds.

    Click below to see the Podcast interview with eCourse Adventures and Warp Academy, who are BOTH a part of VIATEC's Venture Acceleration Program, AKA "a CEO school for startups."

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    "The PNW is getting less attention than it deserves, especially considering the great things that... see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    B.C., Pacific Northwest tech sectors start network

    In a bid to bring B.C. and the Pacific Northwest together to help grow the region’s technology sectors, a broad section of organizations in the province, Washington and Oregon have launched the Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network.
    Nearly 50 groups, including tech organizations, universities and investors, have signed on to the network, which will try to match startups with funding, among other initiatives.

    “B.C.’s tech sector is firing on all cylinders, with businesses and researchers increasingly looking to work together on a larger scale,” said Bruce Ralston, B.C.’s minister of jobs, trade and technology. “[This] will help B.C.’s homegrown talent connect with partners across the Pacific Northwest region to boost our economy and create new jobs here in B.C.”

    In its early stages, the network will focus on information technology, life sciences and clean-tech sectors.

    Dan Gunn, chief executive of the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, said signing on was a no-brainer.

    “Of course we wanted to be part of that,” he said. “There’s obviously an opportunity for people close to each other to support each other.”

    Gunn said the network might go a long way toward elevating the region and putting it on the map.

    “One thing the Pacific Northwest lacks is having the same weight that maybe some other regions have, at least in terms of how it’s perceived,” Gunn said. “The Pacific Northwest is getting less attention than it deserves, especially considering the great things that are happening there.

    “[The network] could start to address that, or at least play a role in addressing that.”

    There are 17 founding members from B.C., including VIATEC, along with 19 from Washington state and 12 from Oregon.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Application Deadline is January 10, 2018 see more

    Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) Initiative Accepting Applications - Spring 2018 Cohorts (February–June 2018)

    Application Deadline January 10, 2018 - Apply Here

    The Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiative (CTA) helps high-potential, high-growth Canadian technology SMEs seeking to expand to the U.S through a 5 month program of workshops, events, mentorship and business introductions. More information is available here.

    The Trade Commissioner Service developed the CTA initiative in response to the need for Canada’s high potential, small technology companies to access global business opportunities. In four years of programming, 467 companies have participated in the CTA.

    CTAs presently operate in 6 cities, covering 3 sectors: life sciences, cleantech and digital technologies (ICT).

    The CTA targets different sectors and coordinates events in cities where those sectors are most prominent.

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    Canadian Technology Accelerator Program in New York City February - June 2017 see more

    Are you a Canadian tech SME ready for the US market?

    Canadian Technology Accelerator Program in New York City February - June 2017 | Apply Now

    CTA Digital Tech connects Canadian entrepreneurs to clients, strategic partners and investors. CTA Digital Tech is a five-month program run by the Canadian Consulate in New York that helps high-potential SME tech companies in: Ad Tech, FinTech, Big Data Analytics, Software-as-a-Service, E-Commerce and Online Content.

    We’re looking for revenue-generating companies suitable for the New York City market, with a plan of action for prospecting in the region. Application deadline: December 2, 2016.

    CTA Digital Tech includes:

    • Mentorship from private-sector partners, industry leaders and Trade Commissioners
    • Membership at Grind, a central co-working facility in NYC
    • One-month virtual programming and four months of in-market support
    • Monthly programs and workshops

    Why New York?

    A dynamic hub for digital tech entrepreneurship; a world economic leader in many sectors, home to VC and Angel investors and potential business partners and much more

    Who we are looking for:

    Revenue-positive SMEs with a fully-built product; a senior representative able to take part in one month of virtual programming, and four months of business development in New York City.

    What you need to qualify:

    • A revenue-generating business
    • ($1M in revenue and/or investment)
    • A strong and experienced founding team
    • A client acquisition strategy for New York
    • Financial resources to spend four months in New York City

    How to apply/for more information:

    Company selection is done by a panel of experts. No cost to apply; Companies are responsible for living and travel expenses.

    Follow us: @CTA_NYC

    The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service:

  • VIATEC Accelerator company, Craftt, closes strategic partnership with ContainerWorld. see more

    Victoria, BC - December 14th, 2015 - Craft Technology Services Corporation (Craftt) is excited to announce a recent partnership with ContainerWorld Forwarding Services Inc., a leading logistics provider to the alcoholic beverage industry.

    ContainerWorld has made an equity investment in Craftt. The two parties have also entered into a consulting agreement in which Craftt’s web knowledge and expertise will aid ContainerWorld in improving the software and services they offer to their clients.

    “This is an ideal partnership for us and for ContainerWorld. Our services complement each other really well. ContainerWorld is the industry leader in logistics and Craftt is the easiest way for a brewery to manage their inventory and orders.” says Ryan Stratton, founder of Craftt.

    “Together, we can provide a full-service platform for breweries to manage their business all the way from manufacturing through to the product being delivered to their customers.”

    Craftt’s brewery management software is designed specifically to help craft breweries stop keg loss and get better insight and control over their inventory. With powerful reporting features, breweries can significantly reduce the time they spend on creating regulatory reports to send to the relevant governing bodies. The recent investment will go towards growing the development team, among other things, to further improve Craftt’s software.

    “We want to make Craftt the go-to platform for breweries, helping them manage their inventory, and their business, efficiently.” Stratton goes on to say. “Through this strategic partnership, we will be able to ensure craft brewers make the most of their time by simplifying these often complex aspects of the job.”

    Unlike spreadsheets or expensive, bloated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Craftt’s software makes it easy for every brewery employee to quickly access and manage their inventory and assets in real time through any smart device. Understanding current inventory and capacity levels allows breweries to make better decisions when it comes to production, customer orders, and distribution, and allows them to have a comprehensive overview of what resources are available in the brewery at any given time.

    Partnering with ContainerWorld will provide Craftt’s clients with additional benefits, giving them direct access to one of the best logistics and distribution companies in the beverage industry today.


    About Craftt

    Craftt is a Victoria, BC startup and part of the VIATEC Accelerator program. They build innovative tools and services to modernize and simplify the way beverage companies manage their business.


    About ContainerWorld

    ContainerWorld is a multi-faceted company based in British Columbia. They provide clients with worldwide door-to-door logistics services, including inventory management, freight forwarding, warehousing, and distribution.


    Media contact

    Ryan Stratton
    CEO, Craft Technology Services Corporation


  • VIATEC posted an article
    CTA @ Boston can connect your business to the unique resources and contacts in New England. see more

    The Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA @ Boston) is a 4-month immersion program that connects your business to the unique resources and contacts in New England to help accelerate your growth. The benefits of participating in the CTA and the resources in Greater Boston are highlighted below.


    WHO:  Accelerator candidates are small to mid-sized Canadian companies from Life Sciences, ICT, Sustainable Technologies, Robotics and Security technologies, and Emerging Food Product sectors, with initial traction in the market, differentiated technology, and potential to scale the business through the CTA experience in Boston.


    WHY:  Participate in the CTA@Boston to:

    ·         refine your company’s growth strategy with feedback from experienced industry experts

    ·         Identify and meet potential strategic partners

    ·         identify potential funders

    ·         get connected with new clients


    WHAT: The CTA@Boston offers the following to resident companies:

    • Space/services at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square, overlooking the MIT campus, for up to 4-months
    • Trade Commissioner's Assistance – including connections in the territory to help meet your goals.
    • Team of Mentors – from the Canadian Mentoring Service – CMS mentors comprise a select group of Canadians based in New England who are C-level executives from global technology and life science companies, successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors who are passionate about giving back to Canada  by mentoring and growing a new generation of successful Canadian-led companies at the CTA@Boston
    • Access to the Canadian Entrepreneurs in New England (CENE) network (
    • Pitch Coach to refine your investor, partner, or client-focused presentation
    • Member privileges at key industry associations (MassBio, MassMEDIC, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, Mass TLC, New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), New England Health Information Management Systems Society (NEHIMSS), TIE - Boston (The Indus Entrepreneurs Annual Conference is Tie- Con)
    • Introductions to potential industry partners/funding groups/customers
    • Learning Opportunities

    Think Big! CTA @Boston CEO Leadership Forum”

    “Stay Hungry! CTA@Boston Lunch + Learn”

    • Weekly CTA Client Newsletter highlighting upcoming events/opportunities


    You’ll find the following resources in the Greater Boston area:

    • Highest Concentration of Global Technology and Biopharmaceutical companies in the world
    • Strong technology and innovation cluster – over 2000 companies - (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, EMC, Akamai, IBM,Nuance,…)
    • Over 600 biotechnology companies
    • World renowned research institutions -100+ academic institutions - (MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Northeastern)
    • 120+ Venture Capital Firms, Corporate VCs and Angel investors interested in Canadian technologies


    The online CTA@Boston application will close Thursday, October 15, 2015 at close of business. More information at: CTA@Boston website.


    Click here for CTA@Boston Application

  • VIATEC posted an article
    Expanding in India is no longer a challenge for Canadian entrepreneurs with CTA@India! see more

    Expanding in India is no longer a challenge for Canadian entrepreneurs!  The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in India brings you the Canadian Technology Accelerator in India (CTA@India): a unique opportunity for Canadian companies to leverage the India advantage for international growth.

    CTA@India candidates are small to mid-sized Canadian technology companies from the ICT sector (including sustainable, health and financial technology). Companies are evaluated and selected based on their initial traction in the market, differentiated technology, and potential to scale internationally.

    For more information on the CTA@India, please visit our website.

    Click here to apply online. Applications will close on September 11, 2015.