Canadian Entrepreneurs: A Faster Way to Become Connected to the Valley February 17, 2011 RICCentre By Bryan Watson In support of the innovation community in Canada, the Canadian Technology Accelerator via the Canadian Innovation Exchange, in partnership with DFAIT and the Consulate General in San Francisco, have launched what is called the “Plug and Play Tech Centre (PnP)” for early-stage start-ups to more developed players. What is Pnp? – A Centre that is located in the heart of the Valley where three qualified Canadian companies will stay for three months (rent paid for) starting in June of 2011. What will these qualified Canadian companies do? – Work alongside over 150 tech start-ups from more than 20 countries, meet with experiences mentors and advisors guiding growth and development in the Valley, gain introductions to local angel networks and VC firms, gain access to the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. What is defined as a qualified company? – Any Canadian-based tech company working in Digital Media and Information and Communications Technology. How does one apply for the program? – Fill out a profile on the CIX website (www.canadianinnovationexchange.com) before March 11, 2011. The CIX Committee will review submissions and announce their selected companies in early April. Reposted from National Angel Capital Organization Throughout his career, both in Canada and the UK, Bryan J. Watson has been a champion of entrepreneurship as a vector for the commercialization of advanced technologies. Upon his return to Canada in 2004, Bryan established his venture development consulting practice to help emerging-growth companies overcome the barriers to success they face in the Canadian commercialization ecosystem. Visit Bryan’s blog and the National Angel Capital Organization. The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.