Yesterday, BetaKit published an open letter from Canada’s tech community affirming its support for people of all races, religions, sexual identities, and mental and physical abilities. The letter was a response to US president Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, and suspending refugee admissions for 120 days.
For many tech startups, getting that first big paying customer is both their biggest challenge and their most golden opportunity. A big client with a major brand name adds heft to your own brand – and of course, the revenue doesn’t hurt. Yet many Canadian startups avoid thinking about, much less pitching their innovation to, one of the biggest customers around: the federal government.
The Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) is a competitive first-purchase program established by the Government of Canada. Its purpose is to facilitate the testing and sale of pre-market innovative technologies, ultimately reducing the commercialization gap commonly faced by technology developers.