The Scale-Up Program helps entrepreneurs take their Canadian tech businesses to the next level. Through an application process, the Program assembles a cohort of 10 promising tech companies that are in the process of scaling, and gives them the opportunity to work closely with world-class business leaders who have themselves gone through the scale-up process.
These leaders share knowledge, provide mentorship and help scaling businesses develop global networks and market contacts to connect them with the capital they need to grow.
The Scale-Up Program begins with five weekend modules examining different topics – leadership, product, customer acquisition, and finance and operations – over the course of five months followed by a week in Silicon Valley focused on funding.
The Lazaridis Institute is currently finalizing the 10 companies who will make up their first cohort. Follow them on Twitter: @LazaridisInst.
“I would like to thank ICTAM for facilitating the time to meet with the representative from the Scale-Up Program. The presentation and follow-up Q&A and discussion were very informative — they highlighted the need and opportunity for Canadian ICT companies in different aspects of scaling up the business, from human resource management to marketing to accessing capital. Even if it was just one day, it was helpful as we’re in the early stages of scaling up our business.”
-Wadood Ibrahim, CEO, Protegra
“The Lazaridis Institute’s mission is to empower technology firms to scale rapidly into globally competitive enterprises. The September 7 event, hosted by ICTAM and held at Kitchen Sync, helped ICTAM showcase promising local companies that are ready to scale.”
-Kim Morouney, Acting Program Director, Lazaridis Institute Canadian Scale-Up Program.
“The Scale-Up Program is a great example of how highly successful technology business leaders are fostering the growth of emerging, next generation leaders. The program focuses on supporting growth-oriented Canadian technology companies, which is crucial in creating business longevity – as opposed to supporting ideation or start-ups that often receive early stage exposure. I’m hopeful that we can participate in the program and be a part in driving the Canadian technology economy.”
-Rod Giesbrecht, CEO, Imaginet