Opportunity: Think Big and Going Global! Connect with Canada on Strategy, Acceleration and Innovation
Location: Consulate General of Canada in Boston, Three Copley Place, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02116 and remote
Hours and Internship Timing: Flexible over 3 or 4 month period from December – March 2017. 50-100 hours depending on scope and timing required for analysis, consultation, development of a roadmap and accompanying list of action items.
Contact: Valerie La Traverse, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Boston, telephone: (617) 247-5150; e-mail: Valerie.LaTraverse@international.gc.ca
Think Big! Go Global Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston (CTA@Boston).
After 4 years, the Canadian Technology Accelerator in Boston needs to move on from the startup phase to scaling. The CTA is funded by the Canadian Government and since opening at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cambridge, over 100 Canadian companies have participated in our programs, raising $58M in capital, generating an additional $29M in revenue, creating more than 200 new jobs, and developing 230 strategic partnerships. We’ve received global recognition, winning the award for best international accelerator program in 2016 by InBIA. We’ve also assembled a talented and passionate team and stakeholders and mentors who bought into our vision and culture.
Now we want to scale and build a better more innovative, impactful and sustainable program, and we need to stay current and relevant to Canadian startups and the local Boston ecosystem.
Like a start-up, the moves we make at this growth stage are increasingly important. The Consulate General of Canada in Boston, which manages the CTA is looking for expertise to transition us from start-up to next stage. We need someone to help us strategize and put together a plan but also help us identify trends in acceleration. Specific areas include: identifying who we should be partnering with in the community, ensuring our mentors are best in class and remain engaged, recruiting the best in Canada (what criteria), marketing ourselves locally, identifying and cultivating areas of potential rapid growth to propel expansion in sector areas, identifying and staying laser focused on our core strengths, and professionalizing our processes and tools – all while reinforcing our Canadian cultural values.