21 Nov Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP)
British Columbia incubator and accelerator organizations
In 2013, the Government of Canada allocated $60 million over five years through the Economic Action Plan, with an additional $40 million in 2014, to help outstanding incubators and accelerators expand their services to small and medium-sized businesses.
Over the next five years, four British Columbia incubator and accelerator organizations will receive up to $31.4 million in CAIP funding to provide Canadian entrepreneurs with the resources and expertise needed to develop their business plans and seek follow-on financing.
The one-time request for proposals for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program was launched on September 23, 2013. It ended on October 30, 2013, with close to 100 applications received. All proposals were assessed and presented for evaluation and recommendations to the independent Canadian Venture Capital Expert Panel, a five-member panel with extensive experience in the venture capital asset class, in business and in finance.
The National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC‑IRAP) evaluated all proposals based on strict eligibility and selection criteria, including:
Delivered by NRC-IRAP, CAIP provides support over a five-year period in the form of non-repayable contributions to a limited number of best-in-class accelerators and incubators. Recipients will be required to demonstrate matching contributions on at least a 1:1 basis during the period of the contribution funding.
Maximum contributions to accelerators and incubators under the program are up to $5 million per year for each selected outstanding organization.
What is a business accelerator or incubator?
Accelerator: Typically for-profit organizations owned and operated by venture capital investors who intend to generate returns from equity-based investments in their client firms. Accelerators provide a range of services to early-stage firms, including financial support, business advice, office and development space, and complementary services offered by partner organizations.
Incubator: Typically not-for-profit organizations that offer similar services to accelerators but tend to provide longer tenure for participating firms and a broader suite of services in terms of physical space and mentorship. Incubators are often sponsored by universities, colleges and economic development corporations.