Techno

ELITE ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING FOR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

Logo for the Impact Centre Technopreneurship (Techno) Program

You know the science, now bring it to the world.

Techno is an elite entrepreneurship training program for the top science and engineering students and recent graduates who want to create high-impact technology-based startups. As a scientists or engineer, you are the experts in your field, but aren’t trained to create healthy and scalable businesses. We give you the skills to start and grow a business to bring your science to society.

Don’t just sit there, get building!

Techno takes you out of the lab with hands-on training in business skills. Learn how to:
  • Transform your science and technology into a product
  • Protect your technology with effective patent and trademark strategies
  • Research potential markets to understand customer’s behaviour
  • Find the right market fit for your product
  • Talk to potential customers
  • Identify competitors
  • Build business development and negotiation skills
  • Build and test your business model
  • Learn how to pitch your vision

Starting is hard. But growing is harder.

Our research shows that Canada produces a lot of startups but they don’t grow into global players. After Techno, become a Techno Fellow to support your company’s growth with office and lab workspace, prototyping equipment, mentorship services, assistance in raising company funds, and year-round training seminars.

See your science and technology having an impact. Create a team that can realize your vision. Build a business that can compete globally.

Join the 143 teams and 76 companies from across Canada and around the world who have worked with Techno since 2010. Apply today!

Techno 2018 Program

Training Week: Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018, 9 am–5 pm

Final Pitches: Friday, June 15, 2018

Techno applications accepted year round

Funding for Companies

The Impact Centre has helped Techno companies raise an average of $150,000* in government grants and other non-dilutive funding sources.

*Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results

Beyond Techno Training

Teams completing Techno training present a final pitch and submit a go-forward plan to Impact Centre mentors. Qualifying teams committed to building their companies are admitted as Techno Fellows and are given access to office and prototyping workspace at the Impact Centre, mentorship services, assistance in raising company funds, and year-round training seminars.

We chose Techno for three reasons that aligned with our company beliefs: their proactive approach to creating value for society, their cross-disciplinary methods, and their active networking within technology and entrepreneurship. They have been a tremendous support on all accounts. Kalin Ovtcharov

CEO, Enceladus Imaging

iMerciv Inc. would not be where we are today without the help of Impact Centre. From the Techno Training program that initiated our venture to the continued mentorship and support the staff have provided us, the Impact Centre has allowed us to grow as entrepreneurs The Impact Centre provides a platform to turn creative ideas into real impactful businesses. Arjun Mali

CFO, iMerciv

The Impact Centre nurtures entrepreneurship through its community, Techno bootcamp, and ongoing mentorship and workshops.  Together, this creates the foundation from which sustainable companies can be built. Ryan Doherty

President & Co-Founder, iamsick.ca