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    • The London Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) for the first time in London in October of 2019.

      A DYNAMIC, HANDS-ON SIX-WEEK WORKSHOP HELPING
      SMEs SCALE UP, DEVELOP AND EXECUTE AN EXPORT PLAN

      TAP CANADA provides companies with access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts, giving
      them the training and support they need to become successful international traders in their specific business sector.

      Since its launch in October 2015, TAP has expanded to seven cities across Canada.

       

      TAP graduates report an average growth of 47% in export sales one year after participation, and more than 85% of participants have entered new markets since completing the course. 

       

      To Apply to the Program, click here.

    • STEP 1: ONBOARD

      The program begins with an intensive two-day workshop to orient participating companies on the program, the exporting resources available to them and how they can build and implement a new market entry plan. Program partners and other experts share insights on international business development and exporting.

      The objective: equip participants with the basic knowledge needed to support growing globally using presentations, case studies, mock negotiation exercises and interactive group workshops.

    • STEP 2: ASSESS

      Approximately one week later is the one-day Export Planning Session. Participants receive hands-on support from leading Canadian export advisors as they develop their export plan, detailing their strategic objectives, market entry methods, international marketing plan as well as supply chain and operational resources.

      Over the next three weeks, the TAP team follows up with participants to support further development of their plan.

    • STEP 3: ACTIVATE

      The companies have a total of three weeks before they must submit their final export plan. Submitted plans are assessed by the TAP team and its export advisors.

      The final day of the program is focused on mentoring, constructive feedback and relationship building. Participants receive 30-minute one-on-one mentoring sessions from each program partner focused on their plan and how to move forward, assisting them with the resources, information and contacts they need to go global.

  • HOW TO APPLY

    Companies can participate in TAP via partner nomination or direct application. All applications are reviewed by the TAP team to ensure the program is a good fit and allow participants to maximize its benefits. All applications will be considered on program criteria and assessed on their merits.

    The program fee is $5,000 per company; however, generous support from our partners will allow us to reduce this fee to $499.

    ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

    The companies being sought for TAP-London should meet the following guidelines:

    • Generates more than $500,000 in annual revenue
    • Has been operating for at least 2 years and receiving revenue for its product, service or technology
    • Is already exporting a product, service or technology, but wishes to diversify its export markets or has taken exploratory steps to expand into new markets
    • Has a product, service or technology with a strong competitive advantage as a result of quality or patent protection
    • Is located anywhere in Ontario (not limited to the London Area)
    • Is willing to dedicate two senior representatives to participate in the program and apply its resources

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

    Companies that meet the profile are welcome to apply for the program by submitting the following electronic application form: