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Partnering with Business Accelerators and Incubators to Give Start-ups in Atlantic Canada Access to Vital IP Supports

As a start-up, you need to protect your intellectual property (IP), the same way you would protect your physical assets – like buildings and equipment. For start-ups, a strong IP strategy is a vital component for developing target markets. Understanding and strategically implementing IP gives entrepreneurs a pathway to growth and an important competitive advantage.

Key IP assets include:

  • Patents
  • Copyright
  • Trademarks
  • Registered industrial designs
  • Geographical indications
  • Trade secrets

Springboard’s Atlantic IP Advantage Program is designed to raise awareness around the importance of intellectual property in the region

It is a guiding light for start-ups, helping entrepreneurs access key supports for IP strategy development and implementation. If you run a start-up business, this program will help you understand the importance of IP and how to protect it.

The Atlantic IP Advantage program provides education and awareness to start-ups and business accelerators and incubators. Start-ups can work with the Atlantic IP Advantage team to connect with IP professionals and apply for funding to develop and implement an IP strategy. Support is targeted to high-growth start-ups in need of IP search, assessment and strategy development and implementation.

Thanks to the ElevateIP support from ISED, Springboard Atlantic and other organizations across Canada can now provide innovative start-ups with intellectual property (IP) training, funding and other specialized services. This support is designed to help start-ups harness the potential of their ideas and continue to build their businesses. Our initiative will also educate, promote awareness and increase capacity of the business accelerators and incubators (BAIs) that support these start-ups.

Springboard Atlantic is working in partnership with:
  • The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation
  • Invest Nova Scotia
  • Emergence BioIncubator
  • Genesis Centre
Our goals are to:
  • Educate start-ups on IP by providing them with relevant training opportunities
  • Support companies in intellectual property strategy development
  • Provide funding for IP strategy implementation – including IP filing
“Across the country, Canadian start-ups are making their mark: creating jobs, spurring innovation and growing local economies. Through our ElevateIP program, the federal government is providing Canadian start-ups with the professional IP supports they need to take their big ideas to the next level and keep growing.”

— Andy Fillmore
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Member of Parliament for Halifax

Are you a start-up or business accelerator or incubator interested in learning more? Contact us today.