Free Technology Growth Initiative 2011 Eastern Canada Business Boot Camp

Free Technology Growth Initiative 2011 Eastern Canada Business Boot Camp

Here is your invitation to a great free business event as follows.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, in conjunction with the Trade Commissioner Service, and its partners Miller Thompson and KPMG would like to cordially invite you to participate in the Technology Growth Initiative (TGI) Eastern Canada Business Boot Camps Spring 2011.

How can companies get involved? There are 2 ways to participate:

  • Attend the morning coaching sessions, the networking keynote lunches and observe a select number of company pitches.   Register below!
  • Participate in the morning session and apply to become one of the select number of Canadian companies who will pitch their technology to an expert panel. The Canadian companies with the highest evaluation scores will be invited to participate in the next phase of TGI, where they will be given access to key markets and decision makers in the United States through a technology pipeline, specially tailored and developed by the Trade Commissioner Service. Register below!

Stay tuned for speaker updates to the agenda below.  A detailed program will be forwarded to all registered participants. Register below!


Application to Attend:     Ends Apr 25, 2011     Free

Application to Present and Pitch:    Ends Mar 21, 2011    Free

Boot Camp Agenda

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 Presentations and Coaching sessions – A series of expert speakers will share tips, advice and key market information.

Speaker Panellists include (additional speakers to be announced):

Martin Casstevens, Director of Directed Energy, Business Formation and Commercialization Manager,  Tech Transfer and Economic Outreach, University of Buffalo

Robert Writz, Sr.Project Leader, Commercialization, NREL

Ken Rukowski, Partner, Innovation, and Social Media Analyst

Matthew Jenusaitis, OctanE

12:00 Keynote and Networking Lunch with US Panellists and local industry stakeholders

13:00 Pitch to expert panellists – Select number of companies will have 6 mintues to pitch their company and technology to a panel of experts. The presenters will be judged (4 minute feedback session with the panel) and scored. This pitch session will be open to observers.

15:00 Break

15:15 Pitch to expert panellists – This pitch session will be open to observers. Panellist will have approximately 4 minutes to provide feedback

16:45 Program Wrap-up

17:00 Networking event – Unique opportunity to meet with program partners, investors, potential industry partners and other participants.

This  initiative  was made possible through funding from the North American Platform Program (NAPP) partnership and


Miller Thomson

Registration Opens January 14th, 2011

Halifax: April 27th, 2011
Quebec City: April 28th, 2011
London: April 29th, 2011
Toronto: May 2nd, 2011
Ottawa: May 3rd, 2011

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

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