CIX Announces Partnership with the Government of Canada to Help Digital and ICT Start Ups

Three companies to be awarded development space at Plug and Play Tech Center (PnP) in Sunnyvale, CA or at RocketSpace in San Francisco, CA. 

TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) has partnered with the Government of Canada, through its Canadian Trade Commissioner Service office in San Francisco-Silicon Valley, to announce a prestigious development opportunity for Canadian companies working in Information and Communication Technology and Digital Media.

The opportunity, part of the Government of Canada's Technology Accelerator Initiative and operated by the Canadian Trade Commissioner office in San Francisco, will provide Canadian companies the ability to work rent-free for three months in a fully serviced development space at the Plug and Play Tech Center (PnP) in Sunnyvale, CA or at RocketSpace in San Francisco, CA, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, including the opportunity to work alongside over 250 technology start-ups from over 20 countries.

All technology-based businesses across Canada who submit their profiles to the CIX Top 20 Competition will be considered. Entrants will be entered into the selection process for the Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiative and for the chance to showcase at the Canadian Innovation Exchange taking place December 1st at MaRs Discovery District in Toronto.

"CIX is very happy to be partnered with the Government of Canada to deliver a unique opportunity - a real boost - to the best emerging technology companies in Canada," said Rick Nathan, Managing Director, Kensington Capital Partners Ltd. and Co-Chair of CIX. "Now, all of the companies entering the CIX Top 20 competition will have the added benefit of potentially landing a plane ticket to Silicon Valley to participate in this prestigious program."

Companies are invited to fill out their company profile at www.canadianinnovationexchange.com. Submission deadline is October 14th, 2011.

About The Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiative.  
The Government of Canada's Canadian Technology Accelerator Initiative, operated by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service at the Consulate General in San Francisco, is open to technology start-ups in Information and Communication Technology and Digital Media that are looking to set up business development to further their growth in this key market, in addition to accessing key venture funding and entrepreneurial resources available in the Silicon Valley while establishing a strong presence in the Bay Area.

About the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service 
Located in more than 150 cities worldwide and in 18 regional offices across Canada, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, part of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, is Canada's most extensive network of international business professionals. The Trade Commissioner Service helps companies whether they are looking to export, invest abroad, attract investment or develop innovation and R&D partnerships. Visit tradecommissioner.gc.ca for more information.

About the CIX Top 20
The CIX Top 20 is a showcase of Canada's hottest innovative companies. Canadian companies are invited to submit their free profile online at www.canadianinnovationexchange.com before October 14, 2011 to be considered for the Top 20. Finalists will participate in the Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX), Taking place December 1st, 2011 at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto,

About Achilles Media
CIX is produced by Achilles Media Ltd., an international business-to-business media and facilitation company serving the media and investment industries. Achilles Media communities include: the Banff World Media Festival, nextMEDIA World Events, History Makers International, the Digi Awards, nextSPORT, Benchmark and Small Business Summit. For more information, visit www.achillesmedia.com.

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