funding day

North Forge Funding Day

Friday, October 20, 2017 ⋅ 9am – 5pm
Alt Hotel Winnipeg ⋅ 310 Donald Street


Funding programs and opportunities are always evolving. As a start-up or SME, having the most up to date information from organizations to help you grow is crucial.

Join North Forge Technology Exchange on October 20 for an informative event to learn more about programs available to you from our local partners. Topics will include accessing grants, tax credits, attending trade shows, professional development, training and more. Join us for the day or stay for sessions relevant to your business!

Each organization will present the latest information on their programs and interested ventures will have the opportunity to meet with them individually in the Alt’s Red Creative Lounge.


Presenters and Schedule

9:00 am – 9:30 am Women’s Enterprise Centre

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is a resource for women looking to start or expand their businesses and determine the steps to success. Learn about their innovative advisory, training and financing programs developed to assist women at all business stages.

9:45 am – 10:15 am NRC-IRAP

The National Research Council-Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It is a vital component of the NRC, a cornerstone in Canada’s innovation system, regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind.

10:30 am – 11:00 am Scientific Research and Experimental Development program

The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D).

The program is the largest single source of federal government support for Canadian Industrial R&D and allows you to deduct SR&ED expenditures from your income for tax purposes and an SR&ED investment tax credit (ITC) to reduce your income tax payable.

11:15 am – 11:45 am RBC

Whether you are starting a new business or growing an existing one, learn more about financing and cash flow solutions available for small businesses from experts at RBC.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Growth, Enterprise and Trade programs

Find out more about funding and tax credit programs available in the province including the Manitoba Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (MIDMTC) and Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit (SBVCTC).

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Futurpreneur

Futurpreneur Canada provides financing, mentorship and business support tools for aspiring entrepreneurs 18 to 39 years old. Learn about the resources and mentor program available to help plan, manage and grow your business.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Metis Economic Development Fund (MEDF), Louis Riel Capital Fund

MEDF concentrates on businesses and entrepreneurs which are in growth, expansion, or acquisition phases and provides equity and/or debt financing for Metis entrepreneurs and businesses.

The Louis Riel Capital Corporation (LRCC) is a Manitoba Metis-owned lending institution created to finance the start-up, acquisition and/or expansion of viable Metis and Non-Status Indian controlled small businesses based in Manitoba. LRCC can help you find business information, identify skills training and provide access to financing for the business start-up, acquisition and expansion of viable businesses.

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Mitacs

Learn more about Mitacs and how to get one-to-one support finding matching funding and the best talent to help you solve your organization’s research challenges.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Western Economic Diversification – Western Innovation Initiative (WINN)

WINN is a federal initiative that offers repayable contributions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with operations in Western Canada, in order to help move their new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.

WINN provides financial support to qualified SMEs to help them accelerate the commercialization of innovative products, processes and services in Western Canada.

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Entrepreneurship Manitoba

Entrepreneurship Manitoba is here to help you succeed. Whether you are starting or growing your business or expanding into new markets, we are here to assist you. Learn about our services as well as the Business Start Loan Guarantee Program, our low-interest, working capital program for new businesses.

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Community Futures

Representing 16 organizations through rural and northern Manitoba, Community Futures works to develop economic development strategies and assist area entrepreneurs with business plans, business and market information and business loans.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm BDC

BDC’s Senior Accountant Manager Technology Industry, Elaine Palson, will be announcing two new lending solutions specifically for Technology businesses, and share details of the new BDC Tech Industry initiative across the Prairies. One of the largest business-consulting firms in Canada, BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs and helps Canadian entrepreneurs grow and prosper.


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