What is the TAP?
The International Trade Accelerator Program (ITAP) is designed for startups and SMEs in Québec. It will help you develop your international strategy in just a few weeks!
Each cohort is made up of about 15 companies with which you can share your issues, challenges and experiences.
In these sessions, a team of seasoned advisers with expertise in marketing, finance, logistics, border regulations and intellectual property will help you think things through and set up an international business plan.
The TAP also helps you:
- Create your internal roadmap
- Anticipate risks (customs, financial...)
- Structure your commercial strategy
- Apply for financing
Find out more about the TAP by watching this short video.
Enjoy access to training to equip your company, support in developing your international strategy, and expert mentoring to test your strategy.
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Why should I participate in the TAP?
- Average growth of 21% in total sales one year after the program (33% average growth in export sales)
- More than 71% of participants have entered new markets
- Close to 90% of participants had increased confidence because they were better prepared
*Data collected from 150 TAP participating companies across Québec in 2019-2020.
Testimonials from participating companies
Testimonials from companies in the manufacturing sector
Take your cue from Kim and Benoit: accelerate your international growth
Kim B. Deland, Co-founder and designer, Lithologie Inc.
Benoit Martin, VP, Business Development, Ver-Mac
Testimonials from companies in the service sector
Take your cue from Alexandre and Nicolas: accelerate your international growth!
Alexandre Bérard, President, UGroupMedia
Nicolas Roy, President and Creative Director, DPT
"I don't believe in the self-made man: it is through validation and co-development that we succeed in excelling and creating synergy to surpass ourselves. TAP is a success because of its practical resources and experienced speakers, provided you take the time to invest in the learning process." – Guyaume Parenteau, Co-founder, Wabasso Distillery
According to Ms. Andraos, everyone would benefit from participating in this type of program: "The right time to do it is right away, as soon as you have an export project, even if you don't have a contract yet. The program provides access to a lot of resources from varying backgrounds, and it's nice to know about them early on." – Mouna Andraos, Co-founder and Co-director, Daily tous les jours
How to take part in the TAP?
- Generate a minimum of $500K
- Be incorporated in Québec and in business for two years
- Designate one or two senior representatives to participate in the program
* The WTCM reserves its right to accept or reject any company, whether it meets the above criteria or not.
Program created by the World Trade Centre Toronto and the Toronto Region Board of Trade.
The TAP Format
The program is being offered virtually for the 2021 cohorts.
Note: Attendance at each half-day session is mandatory.
Phase 1: Exploration
- Familiarizing participants with the export resources available
- Presentation by high-level experts in key positions in international trade
- Exchanging ideas and experiences to meet the challenges of international trade
Phase 2: Development
- Participants write the main sections of their export plan
- Personalized support
- Expert advice
Phase 3: Construction
- Participants create their plan
- Personalized support from export advisors (virtual)
- Our team of experts provides a written evaluation of the plan
Phase 4: Acceleration
- Assessment of the international strategy
- Individual meetings with international trade experts
- Individual mentorship
- Expert advice and solutions
Half-days of 3 or 4 hours & one-on-one meetings on week 8
Weeks 1 to 5
Ongoing development of your strategy
- DAY 1
- DAY 2
- DAY 3
Legal & fiscal
- DAY 4
- DAY 5
- DAY 6
Marketing & sales
- DAY 7
Weeks 6 to 7
- Expert review of your strategy
- Feedback on your strategy
Dates of the next cohorts and registration
Cohorts in Greater Montréal:
- Cohort 25 – Laval – starting October 26 – Multisector
- Cohort 24 – Montréal – Starting January 17, 2022 – Technologies
- Cohort 26 – Longueuil – Starting February 8, 2022 – Multisector
Cohorts outside Montréal:
- Cohort 23 – Chaudière-Appalache – Bas-Saint-Laurent – Starting February 2, 2022 – Multisector
* The Acclr experts reserve the right to modify or cancel the dates above.
- Cohort 5 – Montréal – Starting September 14 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 7 – Montréal West – Starting October 15 – Manufacturing SOLD OUT
- Cohort 8 – Laval – Starting October 13 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 9 – Montréal – Starting October 19 – Creative and cultural industries SOLD OUT
- Cohort 10 – Montréal – Starting October 26 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 13 – Montérégie – Starting February 9 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 14 – Eastern Montréal – Starting February 9 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 15 – Montréal – Starting January 19 – Technologies SOLD OUT
- Cohort 16 (in English)– Montréal West – starting April 8 – Manufacturing – SOLD OUT
- Cohort 17– Laval – starting April 13 – Multisector – SOLD OUT
- Cohort 18– Montréal West – starting September 16 – Manufacturing – SOLD OUT
- Cohort 20– Montréal – starting May 4 – Multisector – SOLD OUT
- Cohort 21– Montréal – starting October 4 – Creative and cultural industries– SOLD OUT
- Cohort 6 – Montréal – Starting October 7 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 11 – Chaudière-Appalache – Starting January 27 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 12 – Lanaudière – Starting February 15 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 19– Québec – starting October 6 – Multisector SOLD OUT
- Cohort 22 – Lanaudière – Starting September 21 – Multisector SOLD OUT
Apparel & Textiles
Construction & Infrastructure
Food & Agriculture