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Canadian companies are among the most innovative in the world. Those who leverage their intellectual property (IP) strategically are more likely to be successful, expand and experience high growth.

Through AccelerateIP, your BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut-based startup can access education, skills development, and support for protecting, managing and leveraging your intellectual property.

AccelerateIP provides Canadian startups with IP programming in three core areas: IP education and awareness, the development of IP strategies, and the implementation of IP strategies.

AccelerateIP’s targeted outcomes include:

Increasing IP awareness and educational opportunities for your startup through activities such as workshops, programs, conferences, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

Developing IP strategies and providing your startup with the tools, talent and support to manage and make the most of your IP assets.

Implementing IP strategies and enabling your startup to realize the objectives of your IP strategies.

By providing these key supports, AccelerateIP aims to increase IP capacity within the regional innovation ecosystem, provide supports that are accessible and inclusive, and assist your startup in the development and implementation of IP strategies.

New Ventures BC is leading the delivery of the program, with Innovate BC as its prime collaborator, alongside a network of business accelerators and incubators.

AccelerateIP Programs Team – New Ventures BC

  • Angie Schick, Executive Director, New Ventures BC
  • Rachel Burns, Program Director
  • Cagla Buzluk, Program Coordinator
  • Liz Bowell, Bookkeeper and Events Coordinator
  • Chang Han, IP Executive in Residence

Programs Team – Prime Collaborator, Innovate BC

  • Fernanda Whitaker, Director of Partnerships, Innovate BC
  • Supreet Kaur, Program Manager, Innovate BC