Introducing the CIAP 2020-21 Cohort

The Canada-India Acceleration Program is dedicated to helping female-led Canadian businesses expand to emerging markets, like India. Let’s welcome the 2020-21 Cohort for the Canada-India Acceleration Program. Take a look at these amazing female entrepreneurs.

CIAP has once again teamed with Accenture to deliver the 2020-21 ScaleCamp. Accenture will help deliver a world-class virtual experience with the goal of connecting the women-led companies with leading experts to further sharpen their skills, and equip the entrepreneurs with a strong growth mindset to help them take their business to international markets successfully. 

ScaleCamp will be delivered March 1st – 4th, 2021. At the end of ScaleCamp, entrepreneurs will be prepared to enter the SoftLanding phase of the CIAP program, where female entrepreneurs will be connected with a vast network of angel investors and other business partners in India.

Meet the Cohort

Angie Kramer, CEO + Founder of JobBliss

JobBliss is a scalable resource management system that allows you to organize, manage, and forecast your remote workforce whether you have employees, contractors, or both.

Assel Beglinova, CEO + Founder of Minance

Finance management app for solopreneurs: Minance helps entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, and creatives get a handle on their finances.

Bhairavi Shankar, CEO + Founder of Indus Space

Indus Space raises the profile around space exploration and its connections to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) sectors. Their mission is to provide youth with all tools and access to gaining skills and active immersive learning opportunities in the space sector and to foster capacity-building opportunities that inspire and enable youth to contribute as the next generation of the Canadian STEAM workforce.

Diana Lucaci, CEO of True Impact Marketing

True Impact offers market research solutions based on attention and emotion data. They build better brands with customer insights into what gets attention, triggers emotion and forms a memory.

Fowzia Mahamed, CEO + Founder of EduCare

EduCare provides a secure HIPAA-compliant online platform – called Health Information Exchange – to students with disabilities to connect them and their education institutions to health providers to reduce barriers to their academic success. Through the platform, students are able to book virtual appointments with physicians to discuss their ongoing health concerns.

Gina Power, Principal of Ho11yrock Inc

Ho11yrock is offering the opportunity to form partnerships on behalf of creative IP’s across sectors such as TV, digital, gaming, and merchandising.

Gunjan Syal, Chief Strategy Officer + Founder of GoEmerald

GoEmerald is a data-obsessed innovation consulting firm. They orchestrate innovation into high-ROI products, services and businesses with a focus on strategy, governance and planning.

Julie MacDonell, CEO of Heirlume

Heirlume makes the complex process of trademarking fast, accurate, and affordable.

Keyana Yeatman,  CEO + Founder of aiSight

aiSight Inc focuses on agri-food supply chain optimization. Their software allows for real-time count of egg production integrated with your existing management system. We help increase operating efficiency, packing capacity, and decrease the risk of cracked eggs.

Michelle Caers, CEO of Crowdmark

Crowdmark is a collaborative grading and analytics platform for higher education that streamlines assessment, increases productivity and provides personalized learning. Their mission is to enrich the learning and teaching experience for students and educators by transforming assessment into a dialogue for improvement.

Naomi Rowe, CEO of INTERVUMI

INTERVUMI offers a one to one interview practice and preparation platform. They provide group seminars, and other services for businesses to help create a pool of talent for higher and long-term training/development. 

Rachel Baker, CEO + Founder of Tejo

Mirrabel uses AI that allows a user to scan their face and determine an optimized skincare routine and product recommendations, including virtualization of what it will look like.

Sophie Howe, Co-Founder of Xesto

Xesto Fit’s accurate 3D foot scanning software helps you buy shoes that fit perfectly from home – as well as buy them for others as gifts. Utilizing Apple’s FaceID technology, Xesto bridges the gap for online shoe shopping. 

Susan Chen, CEO + Founder of TasteGuru

TasteGuru offers B2B solutions that help food and beverage manufacturers accelerate speed to market, increase innovation, success and improve marketing campaign effectiveness. In addition, they help e-commerce merchants increase their conversion rates and customer loyalty via personalization and product discovery quizzes. 

Tanya Woods, CEO + Chief Impact Officer of The Kind Village

Kind Village provides an online and mobile platform to help charities and community organizations connect with donors and schools to source the in-kind support and donations they need. 

Yaa Birago, CEO of Femmebnb

Femmebnb is the first social networking vacation rental platform that alleviates safety issues associated with women’s travel by helping women rent spaces from other women to maximize safety, along with a 24/7 Travel Assistant (companion) powered by artificial intelligence.. In addition, the platform is designed to connect  women around the world through ‘HerCommunity’. 

Zoe Brooks, CEO of AWEsome Numbers 

AWEsome Numbers Inc. is a privately-held Canadian quality solutions company that helps laboratories, regulatory, peer, and proficiency programs ‘upgrade’ their statistical QC processes to verified Risk Management.


Following ScaleCamp, these women will be further equipped to begin exploring their strategies and pooling resources for their expansion. Our collaborators, a team of experts in India, will help our cohort choose the right market and soft-landing placements for their business. 

What are you looking forward to in your business expansion journey? 

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