TEC Edmonton-TusStar Accelerator Exchange

For early-stage entrepreneurs and companies, expanding into new markets can be intimidating.

The TEC Edmonton-TusStar Exchange Accelerator will educate and guide technology- based companies from Canada and China on best practices for doing business in each country.

The six-month program provides training and support to break down business and cultural barriers such as language, intellectual property policies, regulatory concerns and differences in business etiquette.

Run by TEC Edmonton and TusStar, two of the top university incubators in Canada and China respectively, program participants can expect world-class support.

Program details

Participants will receive:

  • Assistance, education and strategic business support in accessing the Canadian/Chinese market
  • Interaction with  like-minded entrepreneurs  and innovators looking to expand globally
  • Access to TEC Edmonton’s and TusStar’s large network of partners

What's included:

  • Workshop sessions with experts to develop market entry plans and address business concerns
  • Soft landing and post-soft landing services to help your company get up and running
  • Assistance with financing strategies, including grant application support
  • Consultations with experts to resolve policy, regulation, intellectual property, and visa issues

Pricing

For Canadian companies:

While in Canada (three months):

  • First person $500/month CAD
  • Each additional person $350/month* CAD

While in China (three months)

  • Case-by-case fees based on required services

For Chinese companies:

While in China (three months):

  • Case-by-case fees based on required services

While in Canada (three months):

  • First person $500/month CAD
  • Each additional person $350/month* CAD

*Maximum of four people per company

Questions? Contact Lan Tan @Lan.Tan@TECEdmonton.com

FAQs

 

All technology-based companies/entrepreneurs based in Canada or China with an interest in exporting.

For Canadian companies going to China

  1. Technology-based companies that would like to expand to China.
  2. Companies should have a market-ready product or products already in market
  3. Companies should have generated some revenue or received grant allocation

For Chinese companies going to Canada:

  1. Technology-based companies that would like to expand to Canada.
  2. Companies should have a market-ready product or products already in market
  3. Companies should have generated some revenue or received grant allocation

The program is six months in duration.

For Canadian companies, during the first three months, participants will attend workshops facilitated by experts who will address key issues including possible grant funding. The second half of the program will include China-specific services provided by TusStar, which includes soft landing services including consultation in, financing, incorporation, recruitment and intellectual property management.

For Chinese companies, TEC Edmonton will provide business services support to help participants establish a foothold in the North American market. These services includes market assessments, intellectual property management advice, strategic business advice, access to accelerator services and practical business setup.

Based in the Canadian economic powerhouse of Alberta, TEC Edmonton is well positioned to help companies access the necessary resources to grow.

TEC Edmonton is a business accelerator that helps emerging technology companies grow successfully. As a joint venture of the University of Alberta and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, TEC Edmonton operates the Edmonton region’s largest accelerator for early-stage technology companies and manages commercialization of University of Alberta technologies.

Established in 1999, TusStar is one of the oldest and most successful Chinese technology incubators. TusStar is owned by Tsinghua University. Located in Beijing, Tsinghua is China’s largest, highest ranked University, with over 46,000 students, and influential alumni like the current Chinese President Xi Jinping.