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AccelerateIP

AccelerateIP and Hubspace: Providing access to education, support, and strategy development for protecting, implementing and leveraging your intellectual property.

AccelerateIP is a new initiative that supports hundreds of innovative startups in BC, Yukon, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories to grow and protect their ideas and intellectual assets. 

Led by New Ventures BC and prime collaborator Innovate BC, Hubspace, along with a network of accelerators and incubators, provide enhanced access to education, skills development, and financial support for protecting, managing and leveraging your intellectual property. 

Eligibility for AccelerateIP

Each stream has progressive requirements. General eligibility for the program:

  • A startup based in BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut
  • Fewer than 500 full-time employees
  • Have an innovative technology and/or operate in the tech sector
  • Non-profit organizations that meet the above may also apply

Each stream will also ask questions to help assess your IP readiness and knowledge.

How Hubspace can help you access AccelerateIP

As part of AccelerateIP’s program delivery network, Hubspace is here to help you in the following ways:

  • Applications: We can help you complete your application form
  • Referrals: After reviewing your situation, we can refer you to a specific program stream
  • Mentorship: Our EIRs and staff can assist as designated program mentors
  • Consultations: We’re here to help any other questions you may have as you navigate the program application process

AccelerateIP is offered through three streams of programming:

  1. Education and Awareness: Gain foundational IP training
  2. Strategy: Get 1:1 mentorship and up to $25,000 of eligible costs covered for legal strategy development
  3. Implementation: Access financial support to cover up to $60,000 of eligible legal implementation costs

Stream 1: Education and Awareness

Stream 1 includes options for startups just starting out in their IP journey or who want to go deeper on refining their knowledge and strategy.

  • Webinars and in-person seminars
  • Online modules
  • In-depth IP Certification Program
How to join webinars, seminars, and take online modules
  • For webinars and in-person seminars, check New Ventures BC’s events page.
  • For online modules, registration is available on the program portal.
  • To apply for the certification program, registration is available on the program portal.
Eligibility

All startups that meet basic eligibility requirements are welcome to register or apply.

IP Certification Program

Apply to join a cohort program to take a deep dive into your startup’s IP.

This workshop is led by IP experts Karima Bawa and Myra Tawfik, authors of The Intellectual Property Guide. Future cohorts may include guest facilitators or other presenters. 

There are no fees for startups to take this program, as program costs are fully funded by AccelerateIP. 

What you’ll learn

You’ll get an in-depth look at IP strategy, with the following course outline:

Session 1: Overview of IP and Data Basics 

This session, delivered over two days, will provide the foundational knowledge required to advance through the case studies.  

Please note specific course topics may be subject to change.

Participants will discuss:

  • The importance of intangible assets for business success
  • The different forms of IP and the components of a robust IP portfolio
  • the increasing importance of data as an asset and the current legal status of data and data ownership
  • Underrepresented groups in the IP system
  • Indigenous IP 
  • Basic concepts and elements of IP and data strategies
  • Introduction to relevant bodies of law including contract law

Participants will also work in groups to deliberate on a case study and discussion.

Sessions 2–6: IP Portfolios, Data Management and More

These half-day sessions build upon the knowledge learned in the opening session.

Participants will discuss:

  • Strategic considerations for building out an IP portfolio
  • Strategic considerations for data management (privacy, cybersecurity, data sharing)
  • Enforcement and litigation strategies for IP and data
  • Monetization and other strategies for IP and data
  • Alternative strategies: Approaching IP and data from an EDI perspective 

The program will end with an exam. The full course must be completed to receive certification by the instructors. 

Course materials

Myra Tawfik and Karima Bawa, The Intellectual Property Guide: IP Literacy and Strategy Basics for Supporting Innovation (Brush Education, 2019), and other select reading material as provided.

Schedule and session details

The course is spread out into full and half days, over the span of three weekends.

Future cohorts

The program is scheduled to run again in:

  • January, 2024 (online)
  • February, 2024 (Vancouver)
  • March, 2024 (online)
How to apply

To apply, you’ll need to register on the application portal, answer some IP assessment questions, and let us know what you want to learn from the course.

Applications are open for February and March.

Stream 2 Strategy: Mentorship

In this stream, you’ll have the opportunity to get up to eight hours of 1:1, dedicated mentorship on your IP strategy, through a business lens and perspective.

You’ll work with a mentor at a partner or collaborator organization associated with the program. This is a great option if you are not quite ready to approach a legal service provider or still need to work on how IP fits into your overall business strategy.

Please note: Mentors are helping you with your IP strategy from a business perspective. They are not providing legal advice.

Eligibility

All startups that meet basic eligibility requirements are eligible to register or apply.

Eligible activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Reviewing commercialization strategy needs
  • Assessing an IP strategy within your business’ context
  • Helping you hire or work with a legal service provider
  • Preparing for your meeting with a legal service provider
How to apply

To apply, you’ll need to register on the application portal, answer some IP assessment questions, and let us know if you’re already working with a mentor or accelerator organization.

If you don’t already have a mentor, we’ll generally pair you with one that is either in your region or that can offer the best expertise for your specific tech sector.

Applications open and approved on a rolling basis. 

Stream 2 Strategy: Costs For Legal Support

If you’re ready to apply for legal support to further develop your IP strategy, this is the right stream for you. You can apply to have up to $25,000 of costs of working with a legal service provider covered.

Co-investment is 25%, or 10% for startups that are majority-Indigenous owned. The final approval will be based on the quote provided.

Eligibility

All startups that meet basic program eligibility requirements are eligible to register or apply.

We also will check that you have either

  • completed an educational offering from Stream 1,
  • are an existing client of a Partner or Collaborator, or
  • are deemed eligible via the initial IP assessment on the program platform.

Eligible activities include (but are not limited to):

  • IP audits, budget review, competitive analysis, strategy, portfolio valuation
  • Analysis of IP landscaping
  • Common contracts and Document Templates ie: employment agreements, contractor agreements, IP assignment or transfer agreements or NDAs   
  • Freedom to operate or infringement searches
  • Legal contractual analysis, ie: commercialization of IP opportunities
  • Out-licensing strategy development
  • Patentability analysis
  • Prior art search
  • Trademark and branding strategies and clearance searches
How to apply

To apply, you’ll need to register on the application portal, answer some IP assessment questions, and let us know if you’re already working with a mentor or accelerator organization.

You’ll also need to agree to provide a quote from a legal service provider (quotes are generally provided free of charge, if not, please contact us first).

Note: If we feel your company might not be ready, we may ask you to complete some education or mentorship and reapply.

Applications open and approved on a rolling basis

Stream 3 Implementation: Costs For Legal Support

Have a strong IP strategy in place? Ready to apply for a patent or register a trademark? This is the right stream for you. You can apply to have up to $60,000 of costs of working with a legal service provider covered.

Co-investment is 25%, or 10% for startups that are majority-Indigenous owned. The final approval will be based on the quote provided.

Eligibility
  • Startups must meet program eligibility requirements
  • Must be incorporated
  • Must have completed an educational offering from Stream 1 or equivalent
  • Must have a strong IP strategy in place
  • Must have either completed Stream 2 of AccelerateIP or IP Assist, or
    have completed equivalent training, or
    have completed the Stream 1 Startup Certification program / be willing to complete the program, or
    have an in-house IP expert on staff.

Eligible activities include (but are not limited to):

  • IP registration
  • Legal contractual drafting ie: commercialization of IP opportunities
  • Patent applications
  • Patent registration
  • Trademark application
  • Trademark registration
  • Industrial design application 
  • Industrial design registration
  • Filing fees
How to apply

To apply, you’ll need to register on the application portal, answer some IP assessment questions, and let us know if you’re already working with a mentor or accelerator organization.

You’ll also need to agree to provide a quote from a legal service provider (we don’t expect you to pay for one!).

Note: If we feel your company might not be ready, we may ask you to complete some education or mentorship and reapply.

Applications open and will be reviewed in 2024, we will update with more info soon.

Get in touch.

Get in touch to learn more about the program or apply to the program directly. 

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