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Webinar: Canadian Technology Accelerator

June 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ADT

Global Affairs

About this Event

Join us for a webinar on the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) program designed for Canadian tech companies looking to tackle the Silicon Valley market in 2020. Speakers include:

  • Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah, Canadian Trade Commissioner , Vancouver
  • Thierry Lu, CTA Program Manager, Palo Alto
  • Jonathan Lowenhar, Founder of Enjoy the Work, Silicon Valley

Topics covered

  • Introductions
  • Canadian Trade Commissioner Service offer to Canadian businesses
  • Overview of current dynamics in Silicon Valley in the wake of Covid, particularly the ICT / digital sector
  • Overview of the CTA Digital Disrupted Program in Silicon Valley: how we work with Canadian companies and key dates
  • Q&A

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The CTA Program in Silicon Valley

The CTA in Silicon Valley helps early stage Canadian technology startups and SMEs access the region’s unique resources to achieve business objectives such as acquiring clients, establishing strategic partnerships and fundraising. The program will prepare selected companies to gain exposure at a globally recognized conference: TechCrunch Disrupt*. The whole program will take place from July 27 – Sept 18, 2020.

Who should apply

The ideal startup should already have raised some funding (think Seed) and be prepared to raise a Series A round when applying for the program.

Startups and SMEs with a solid team, a minimum viable product, and good traction who are disrupting one of the following 5 industries (or sectors) are invited to apply to this program:

  • Education (EdTech)
  • Finance (FinTech)
  • Logistics & Supply Chain (Logistics Tech)
  • Property Management (PropTech)
  • Retail (RetailTech)

For further details on this 8-week program, visit the CTA Digital in Silicon Valley web page.

Webinar login details will be shared 1-2 business days prior to the event. Space is limited.

Contact Information: Trade Commissioner Service’s Canadian Technology Accelerator cta-atc@international.gc.ca

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About the Speakers

Jonathan Lowenhar

For more than 20 years, Jonathan has successfully built a $1B business segment for a large public company, guided the turnaround of a distressed $100M+ revenue business, launched and sold a venture-backed startup, and led the rise of one of the world’s fastest growing B2B SaaS businesses. In 2014, Jonathan founded Enjoy The Work, this Silicon Valley firm supports a new generation of startups to launch, grow and reach scale.

Thierry Lu

Thierry Lu, program lead for the CTA Digital in Silicon Valley, from the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) office in Palo Alto. He has a vast experience supporting startups. Having worked at Apple, Google and several startup and even founded his own startup, he is truly connected with the Bay area ecosystem. Before joining the TCS, he ran a community forum called Hungry Fools for early stage entrepreneurs to pitch ideas in front of a panel of experts.

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah is a Trade Commissioner in the Pacific Regional Office of Global Affairs Canada. She is the Vancouver lead for recruitment and support for the Canadian Technology Accelerator. Prior to this role, she served as the trade commissioner responsible for ICT, specifically related to gaming, digital media and enterprise software. Previously, Yaa-Hemaa worked at Global Affairs Canada’s Ottawa headquarters in various capacities in International Trade, including strategic policy and as part of the negotiating team for the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

About the organization

For 125 years, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is a service of the Government of Canada that helps Canadian companies take their business to the world. The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) is a program of the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) that provides business acceleration support in global hubs for companies in Digital Industries, Life Sciences, and Cleantech.Glo

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