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Next application deadline: November 20, 2015

To apply: http://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/busdev/sibd/techfutures.html

Delivered in partnership with Startup Winnipeg, Futurpreneur Canada and Innovate Manitoba, the TechFutures Program is targeted to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 34, who are either pursuing or considering the commercialization of a technology-driven business idea. The program provides support to assist entrepreneurs in launching or growing an early stage technology startup. Successful recipients will receive:

  • $3000 in financial assistance;
  • Lean startup training at an Innovate Manitoba LaunchPad Startup Skills Workshop in either in Winnipeg (June 7th) or Brandon (May 27th/28th); and
  • Business counselling and services from Entrepreneurship Manitoba

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Encourage entrepreneurship among Manitoba’s youth;
  • Help young tech innovators develop their ideas quickly and identify the best pathway(s) for growth;
  • Increase commercialization of new tech ideas and tech based startup companies; and
  • Pave the way for the downstream creation of high-skill jobs

The TechFutures Program is competitive in nature. Up to 20 grants will be awarded annually (in two intakes per year) to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential for commercialization based upon the market potential of the business idea, the product/service innovation and the relevant skills and/or experience of the applicant(s). Eligible applicants who place among the top two business ideas at Startup Winnipeg’s Ramp Up Weekend (spring and fall)  will automatically qualify for a TechFutures grant.  Remaining recipients in each intake will be selected by a committee of representatives from participating program partners; Futurpreneur Canada, Startup Winnipeg, Innovate Manitoba and Manitoba Jobs and the Economy.

Full program guidelines and applications are available here: http://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/busdev/sibd/techfutures.html