The Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) is proud to partner with Cisco LaunchPad to launch joint ecosystem initiatives for startups in Canada and India. The alliance will focus on three main pillars:
  1. Strategic Partnership and Ecosystem- design programs on mentor clinics, demo days to investor pitches
  2. Referral Outreach Program-media and branding support for events
  3. Soft Landing-TBDC to launch a program in India as a Country Partner for the ecosystem
To add a global element to the interactions, Cisco LaunchPad and TBDC hosted a session on 'Opportunities to scale up in North America' for tech-startups based in India. The event, held today, focussed on the Indian and Canadian startup ecosystems and explored pathways to orchestrate growth opportunities for high potential startups. Neha Bahl, CEO of TBDC, spoke at the session around the emerging trends and opportunities that will impact the startup ecosystem in North America.

Cisco LaunchPad believes in driving successful outcomes from connecting startups, and was part of the joint session triggering interest from several startups working across verticals. The accelerator program had also concluded its Startup Dialogue - a showcase of joint success stories amongst Cisco and LaunchPad startups, followed by the second edition of the Influencer Meet Founder 2021 investor connect (17th - 19th March).

Speaking about the partnership, Krishna Sundaresan, Vice President, Engineering, Cisco India & SAARC, said, “As we work to rebuild a more inclusive world, India’s tech startups are best-positioned to effect change quickly in the most critical areas, not just within the country, but across the globe. Cisco Launchpad is proud to partner with the Toronto Business Development Center to empower India’s tech startups to test and scale their innovations for diverse markets and become global problem solvers.”

While addressing the media at the press conference, Neha Bahl, CEO, Toronto Business Development Centre said, “TBDC has a rich history and has long been committed to empowering the start-up ecosystem on a global scale. Our partnership with Cisco Launchpad is an important development and we're thrilled to help drive these initiatives for start-ups in Canada and India."

About TBDC:

Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) is one of the leading start-up incubators in Canada which has also recently been granted a designated organization status by the Government of Canada. As a designated organization, TBDC runs the Start-Up Visa (SUV) program, a six-month program that helps international start-ups establish and grow their business in Canada by providing them with access to mentors, investors, and working spaces. Since its inception, the SUV program has already helped over 250 international start-ups incorporate their businesses in Canada.

About Cisco LaunchPad:

The Cisco LaunchPad B2B corporate accelerator program is committed towards empowering the startup ecosystem by harnessing the changing dynamics of modern-day technology. The program runs in line with Cisco’s goal of developing solutions that bring value to the organization and the society through collaboration.

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