Welcome to CIAP!
The Canada-India Acceleration Program (CIAP) helps Canadian, women-led businesses, scale into untapped markets- like India.
We do this by providing access to mentorship from global entrepreneurs and industry leaders, 200+ incubators, valuable resources and toolkits, meaningful connections to corporations, and the opportunity for potential seed funding.
CIAP is a government-funded initiative, aiming to empower women leaders in entrepreneurship and increase opportunities and resources available.
With an annual economic increase of approximately 7.5%, India is the fastest-growing market in the world. Combined with a population of over 1.2 billion, a strong startup ecosystem, and an expanding middle-class population.
India makes an excellent country for Canadian businesses to expand their ventures.
Is My Startup Eligible to Join?
We accept companies from any industry as long as your company utilizes/leverages technology and has the potential, and desire, to expand to India.
Evaluate Your Startup
If you answer ‘yes’ to 5 out of these 8 questions, your startup has the potential to benefit from our program.
- Are you a legal resident of Canada with a legally registered Canadian corporation?
- Do you have at least one woman in a senior decision-making role (i.e. COO, CEO, CFO) within the company who will act as the CIAP Cohort participant?
- Is your business registered in or are you willing to relocate to Southern Ontario?
- Does your startup belong to any of the following industry categories?
- Clean Technology
- Health and Bio-Sciences
- Digital Industries
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Resources of the Future
- Is your company in the Seed or Series A funding stage?
Unsure? Learn more here: Types of Funding + What’s the Best Fit for Your Venture
- Have you determined a product/market fit for your offerings in the Indian market?
- Is your business ready (financially + operationally) to scale to an emerging market like India?
Unsure? Read this: 10 Considerations to Make Before Expansion
- Do you want to grow your connections within the community of female entrepreneurs in Ontario?
- If you are still unsure, please contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you.
- If you are a fit, please fill out our application here and we will contact you at our earliest convenience.
The Canada-India Acceleration Program is designed to help Canadian women entrepreneurs break into new markets, make impactful connections, learn valuable skills and spur venture growth.