GOA: ICT NEWSLETTER EUROPE as of January 26, 2018

GOA: ICT NEWSLETTER EUROPE as of January 26, 2018

ICT NEWSLETTER EUROPE as of January 26, 2018

Please find below an overview of events and market intelligence related to the ICT and technology sector in Europe and globally.

For any events listed, if you plan to visit or exhibit at these events, or if you have any plans to travel to markets, please connect with us to explore how we can support your market outreach and attendance at these events.

Alberta technology companies targeting CLEANTECH??

Cleantech is an incredibly broad term.

However, if you are an Alberta technology company that has a product, technology or service targeting any of the following areas:

Water (industrial-municipal), Waste Management, Recycling, Renewable Energies, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Utilities, Environmental Technologies, Air Pollution, Emission Reduction, Green Transportation, Lighting Solutions, Materials, Manufacturing and Industrial, Smart City applications, Technologies that improve the productive and responsible use of natural resources, etc –


The four Western provinces, in collaboration with Western Economic Diversification, have recently launched CLEANTECH WEST – a project to support Alberta and Western Canadian Cleantech companies interested in global opportunities.

Contact us for more information and follow Cleantech West on twitter at https://twitter.com/CleanTechWest

To check out some of the 100 most innovative cleantech companies in 2018, please go here: https://www.cleantech.com/release/cleantech-group-unveils-the-2018-global-cleantech-100-list/


Startup Fest Montreal Early Bird Ticket Application Jan 31, 2018

Startup Fest is takes place July 10-14, 2018 in Montreal. It is a start-up showcase and conference for Canadian and international start-ups in all sectors, taking place July

Early Bird Ticket Application for Start-up Fest ends Jan 31, 2018. For more information, please go to:


We want to hear from Alberta start-ups interested in attending.

Alberta International Development Officer Speaker Series, Calgary Feb 7, 2018

The Alberta International Development Office (AIDO) invites you to learn about Local Content in International Business Development including an understanding of the purpose and relevance of local content and how local content can help your company meet sustainability and anti-corruption requirements. This speaker series will provide participants with an understanding of the opportunities and benefits of local content in international business development as well as strategies for risk mitigation and implementation of local content. Participants are invited to join the session in-person in Calgary. Note that we have limited space in our boardroom in Calgary so it will be on a first-come, first serve basis. Our presenters are Jorge Aviles, TransAlta Corporation; Mahesh Jayaraman, The Social License Consortium; and Frank McShane, CESG Consulting.

RSVP by February 1, 2018 to Jihan.sharifi@gov.ab.ca

TechExit Event, Vancouver Feb 15, 2018

BDC will organize a conference educating technology entrepreneurs and investors on exit strategy. Learn from exit success stories and connect with the players that made them happen.

For more information, please go to: https://techexit.io/?utm_source=Super%20Consolidated&utm_campaign=55f08bc78a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_09de0a36f1-55f08bc78a-150249021

PDAC Global Mining Trade Show – B2B matchmaking for Canadian companies, Toronto Mar 4-6, 2018

Alberta technology companies targeting the digitalization of the mining sector might be interested in attending this major global industry trade show and participate in program items like a B2B matchmaking service hosted by Global Affairs Canada and Export Development Canada to connect Canadian companies with global mining sector opportunities. Numerous Canadian Trade Commissioners from around the world will be at PDAC.

We would like to hear from Alberta companies that plan on attending/walking the trade show. Please contact us. For initial information on the trade show, please go to: http://www.pdac.ca/convention

CETA Seminar – Information on Trade Agreement with Europe, Calgary March 8, 2018

Alberta Economic Development and Global Affairs Canada are pleased to host the European Union Export Business Forum featuring presentations on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and market opportunities in the European Union. Join experts and business leaders who will provide you with:

 An in-depth summary of the opportunities available through CETA to help you become more competitive in the EU market.

 Information about specific market opportunities in key industries such as Manufacturing, Food, ICT, Professional Services and others.

 Market development advice and programming information from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Export Development Canada (EDC), Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

 One-on-One pre-arranged meetings with EU trade experts about company’s specific market approaches and opportunities.

For more information and to register, please contact: Ashish.sharma@gov.ab.ca

Soft-Landing Program for Canadian AI and VR companies around SXSW 2018 Mar 9, 2018

Concierge Connections & Coaching with TechRanch, Austin, TX, USA

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Texas has planned a landing that includes prep sessions, insights on reaching prospects in Texas, facilitated networking, concierge connections and opportunities to keep your momentum going with post SXSW engagement opportunities. This collaboration is designed to provide meaningful connections that are relevant, memorable and good for business. Participation takes place on-the-ground in Austin and via scheduled teleconferences. This program does not include grants for travel or registration for SXSW 2018. However, Alberta companies interested in attending could explore the Alberta Export Support Fund. The program is accepting up to 10 participants with a focus on development or delivery of technologies in the AI/VR sectors. Criteria include: Must be a Canadian technology SME ; Product or service must be launched and market ready; Company must have existing revenues; Company must be open to develop new distribution & sales channels, connect with prospective OEM or content creation partners, or secure investment abroad; Must be open to review pitch and market position or explore new market segments; Must be in Austin and available to participate in a full day of programming on Friday, March 9. The partner in the program is TECHRANCH. Tech Ranch, a Venture Outfitter™ based in Austin, Texas, equips entrepreneurs and ecosystems with insights, proven techniques, tools and processes that develop both the community and the entrepreneur. Tech Ranch has been recognized as a 2015 Top 3 Social Impact Incubator by UBI Global and 2015 & 2016 Top 20 US/Canada Accelerators by Gust’s Global Report. Its programs have influenced over 6000 entrepreneurs in 42 countries with over 750solutions deployed. Tech Ranch’s CEO and Founder, Kevin Koym, has also been featured in publications around the world including Forbes Korea and MIT Tech Review in Pakistan. For more information and to register for the program, please contact Michael Mendoza, Trade Commissioner in Dallas at michael.mendoza@international.gc.ca or mobile 214-997-3870.

For more info on TECHRANCH: https://techranchaustin.com/

For more info on SXSW2018: https://www.sxsw.com/

Alberta Trade Mission to Energy Storage Europe, Duesseldorf, Germany Mar 13-15, 2018

In cooperation with the Embassy of Canada to Germany and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, the Government of Alberta invites you to participate in Energy Storage Europe 2018 from March 13-15, 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The Energy Storage Europe Expo and Conference is the leading event of its kind and focuses on all aspects of energy storage. The event featured 162 exhibitors and more than 4,300 visitors in 2017 and participation is expected to grow in 2018. The recent ratification of the Canada and European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) creates opportunity for Alberta companies to do business with German and EU businesses, clients and partners. This is an excellent show for Alberta companies to connect with European industry leaders, researchers and government officials in the energy storage space and to explore research and development partnerships, sales leads and other business opportunities. For detailed information, please contact Trevor Persi at Tel: 780 644 3176 or trevor.persi@gov.ab.ca

Deadline for Expression of Interest: February 2, 2018

Wavefront Digital Content-IoT and Gaming Sector Mission to Middle East April 9-13, 2018

United Arab Emirates & Kuwait

The Middle East is on the verge of a massive digital disruption. The MEA region has a significant and growing population of online gamers - 587 million in 2017 - and is starting to have an impact on the region's share of gaming profit. To capitalize on this growth trend, Wavefront will work with the Trade Commissioner Service in the UAE and Kuwait to bring a small group of Digital Content and Mobile Gaming companies to the UAE and Kuwait to attend the Digital Games Conference in Dubai and participate in tailored B2B meetings with potential customers and partners from across the region. The program will include B2B matchmaking meetings and networking with local industry contacts, targeted 1:1 meetings, attending the conference.

Program requirements: Product or technology is in the IoT Space, min. 1 Mio$ in revenue, proven business model in Canada, some export experienced preferred.

Deadline to apply for the mission: February 7, 2018. Space is limited to 5-6 Canadian companies.

For more information on the mission and to apply, please go to: http://wavefront.ca/accelerator/global-market-entry-program/

For initial information on the Digital Games Conference, please go to: http://www.dgcgames.com/

Please contact us if you have questions.

Alberta-Western Canada Trade Mission to IFAT 2018, Munich, Germany May 14-18, 2018

IFAT is the premier international meeting for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management. The Government of Alberta is pleased to invite companies in Alberta’s cleantech space to join the Western Canadian delegation to IFAT 2018. Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce your products, services and technologies to an international audience seeking innovative solutions. Digitalisation is happening in the Water and Waste Management sectors and we want to hear from Alberta tech companies that have innovative technology solutions for the vertical of waste and water.

For additional information, please contact Carmen Killick at Tel: 403 297 4799 or carmen.killick@gov.ab.ca.

For more information on IFAT, please go to: https://www.ifat.de/index-2.html)


Canadian Digital Media Network SOFTLANDING PROGFRAM

Application for spring cohort open: Jan 29-Feb 11, 2018 The CDMN Soft Landing program offers qualified, mature startups and SMEs exposure to business opportunities outside of Canada. Companies can utilize this program to open new markets, close international sales, secure investment and connect with new partners abroad. Successful candidates will receive up to $4,000 Cdn in reimbursable expenses to help offset transportation and accommodation costs. Companies landing at a co-working space, accelerator or incubator may also have the costs associated with workspace covered for up to three months. Both the location and the specific landing facility are always determined by the company based on their business needs and market pull.

If you get funding, you can use the $4,000.00 for travel between March – June 2018

NUCLIS GRANT - Call for R&D Collaboration Catalonia –Canada

Catalonia’s UNILATERAL NUCLIS grant is now officially launched.

NUCLIS, the Call for Industrial Research and Experimental Development Funding in Catalonia, was launched today and the deadline is March 1st 2018. Nuclis grants are available for TRL3 to TRL7, and finance R&D projects to obtain prototypes and demonstrations of new products, processes, technologies. The aim is to promote R&D partnership projects between Catalan & Canadian firms and institutions. Project’s minimum budget: 150,000 euros. Direct and non-refundable grant of up to 200,000 euros. Grant intensity: up to 25-50%, depending on the company’s size and the nature of its activities. Nuclis grants are complementary to various Canadian grants and subsidies, including NRC-IRAP. Nuclis only funds the Catalan portion – Canadians can self-finance or use local programmes. If you have a project you would like to develop with a Canadian/Catalan company, this is a great opportunity. For more information, please go to the following link or contact us: http://empresa.gencat.cat/ca/tramits/tramits-temes/Nuclis-internacionals-unilaterals


Cynapsys, Tunisia

Established in 2004, Cynapsys is an ESN (Digital Service Company) multidisciplinary with over ten years experience in the field of consulting and computer engineering. The company’s mission is to support its clients and partners in the

development of efficient and innovative solutions mainly oriented towards sectors: E-gov, Telecom, Finance / Insurance, Industrial, publishers, services, NGO, associations, ESN.

The company has its headquarter in Tunisia with offices in France, Germany, Ivory Coast and Algeria.

CYNAPSYS wants to explore potential business opportunities with Canadian companies interested in the African Market that are looking for an experienced and reliable technology partner as a local partner.

The company has done projects in the area of education, agriculture and worked with major telecom carriers in the African market like Ooredoo, Tunisie Telecom, Orange.

The website is currently only available in French – www.cynapsys.de - but we do have a detailed company profile in English available for you. For more information and to connect directly with this company, please don’t hesitate to contact us


INVENTUR$ Start-Up Pitch Event

The INVENTURE$ Pitch Event is a free opportunity to pitch your product or service to an audience of venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, early adopters, business educators, and service providers

Application Deadline: March 25, 2018


Spotlight on Global Value Chains – Report by Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

As trade continues to expand globally, companies are increasingly sourcing and segmenting their various services and production units from around the world. Globalization has led to many positive outcomes such as improved information and communication technologies, a considerable decline in transportation costs, and reduced barriers to trade and investment. This growth has positively contributed to the competitiveness of Canadian businesses. This Spotlight is presented by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) to help you to explore strategies that your company can use to enter new Global Value Chains (GVCs) effectively as well as expand on existing supply frameworks. Whether it is finding your niche, qualifying for preferred supplier lists, or taking advantage of diverse supplier initiatives, this short guide can help your business connect to GVC opportunities right here in Canada or around the world. To download the guide, please go to: http://tradecommissioner.gc.ca/exporters-exportateurs/spotlight_global_value-pleins_valeur_mondiales.aspx?lang=eng

If you have any questions about the above, please contact us for additional questions.

Best regards,

Svenja Chenikel, Trade & Investment Attraction

Europe, Middle East & Africa

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Tel: 780-427-0472; svenja.chenikel@gov.ab.ca