Canada-India Acceleration Program Newsroom

Welcome to the CIAP Newsroom! We create content aimed at supporting female entrepreneurship and women-owned businesses in Ontario. Our program aims at helping Canadian businesses expand to emerging markets, such as India. We, therefore, provide a lot of key information on the Indian cultural landscape, including business culture and emerging sectors and cities.

Top Women in Business: 2021 Canadian Tech Leaders

By Taylor Desjardins | Apr 22, 2021 | 0

As the number of women entrepreneurs grows each year, there are always new and upcoming business leaders we can learn from for our entrepreneurial endeavours to inspire and shape our startup journey. Despite 2020 being a rocky year, there are many women tech leaders emerging from the storm in 2021. Many are leading the way […]


CIAP + LEAD ANGELS: Finding Funding for Your Business Expansion to India

By Candy Wassermann | Apr 8, 2021 | 0

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when confronting a large undertaking such as expanding to a new market, especially if one may not be very familiar with said market. In order to make this more approachable, let’s break down the key stages of our Soft Landing and Investment phases.


Conducting Business in India: 4 Considerations for Canadian Startups

By Taylor Desjardins | Mar 25, 2021 | 2

There are many considerations for Canadian startups when planning and preparing for your Indian expansion. Taking a closer look at some of them will allow you to better position your business for success once entering a new market.


Top Emerging Indian Cities Series: Vadodara

By CIAP | Mar 11, 2021 | 0

For a company that is looking at global expansion, whether in India or elsewhere, it’s prudent to conduct thorough research beforehand. This may allow you to discover other market entry avenues outside of the obvious, such as Vadodara.


Introducing the CIAP 2020-21 Cohort

By Candy Wassermann | Feb 25, 2021 | 0

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 […]


Top Emerging Indian Cities Series: Coimbatore

By CIAP | Feb 11, 2021 | 0

Explore the core sectors of Coimbatore, one of the top emerging cities in India to see whether your business could be successful in expanding to its market.


Is Your Startup Ready: Self-Evaluation Checklist

By Taylor Desjardins | Feb 2, 2021 | 1

Our program is designed to help female-led businesses expand to emerging markets, such as India. We do everything in our power to make sure your startup is properly prepared for international expansion.

If you’re looking at expanding your business to India but aren’t sure if your startup is a fit for our program, we’ve prepared a self-evaluation checklist you can go through.

Ask yourself 8 quick questions and determine if you could be a part of our next cohort.


How to Grow a Unicorn: Tech Company Growth Strategies

By Taylor Desjardins | Jan 28, 2021 | 0

If you’ve exhausted your regular resources for pinpointing innovative strategies, it’s a good idea to look into how other well-known companies achieved their success.

Companies like Canva, Lynda .com (now LinkedIn Learning), and MailChimp are great examples of how digitally-native startups got themselves off the ground.


Top Emerging Indian Cities Series: Indore

By CIAP | Jan 14, 2021 | 2

When ventures start looking for areas to expand internationally, they tend to focus on the largest markets. However, in some countries, that may not be your best market entry bet. In India, its largest Tier 1 cities come with their fair share of challenges, such as overpopulation, inadequate infrastructure, pollution, poor public transportation, and long commutes. If you’re looking to expand to a large market with fewer challenges seen by the congested and trendy areas, it would be worth your time to explore India’s top Tier 2 and 3 cities first.


3 Benefits of Strategic Partnerships in 2021 – Navigating the Business Landscape

By Candy Wassermann | Dec 10, 2020 | 3

Strategic Partnerships allow for a mutually beneficial arrangement that will be a great asset for your business. From sharing research to providing more value to your target audience, a partnership could be what your business needs to reach your 2021 goals.