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Accelerate IP

Accelerate IP

Accelerate IP will support hundreds of innovative startups across multiple sectors to grow and protect their ideas and intellectual assets.

New Ventures BC is leading the delivery of the program, with Innovate BC as its prime collaborator, alongside a network of accelerators, incubators and tech organizations, including KAST.

This initiative is based on the federal ElevateIP program by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). The program will run until March 31, 2026.

A virtual IP Workshop will be hosted on June 19th at 1 PM. More info and sign up here

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How it Works.

Apply now. Or, in Jan. 2024

Apply to join a cohort program to take a deep dive into your startup’s IP.

This workshop is led by IP experts Karima Bawa and Myra Tawfik, authors of The Intellectual Property Guide. Future cohorts may include guest facilitators or other presenters.

There are no fees for startups to take this program, as program costs are fully funded by AccelerateIP.

Open Until Filled. Apply here.

In this stream, you’ll have the opportunity to get up to eight hours of 1:1, dedicated mentorship on your IP strategy, through a business lens and perspective.

You’ll work with a mentor at a partner or collaborator organization associated with the program. This is a great option if you are not quite ready to approach a legal service provider or still need to work on how IP fits into your overall business strategy.

Please note: Mentors are helping you with your IP strategy from a business perspective. They are not providing legal advice.

Up to $25,000. Open until filled – Apply here.

All startups that meet basic program eligibility requirements are eligible to register or apply.

We also will check that you have either

  • completed an educational offering from Stream 1,
  • are an existing client of a Partner or Collaborator, or
  • are deemed eligible via the initial IP assessment on the program platform.

Up to $60,000. Applications close Oct. 31, 2023.

Have a strong IP strategy in place? Ready to apply for a patent or register a trademark? This is the right stream for you. You can apply to have up to $60,000 of costs of working with a legal service provider covered.

Co-investment is 25%, or 10% for startups that are majority-Indigenous owned. The final approval will be based on the quote provided.

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