Trade Accelerator Program

Are you thinking of expanding outside your local market?

Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an innovative and dynamic program aimed at helping Saskatchewan’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) overcome barriers to exporting. STEP is pleased to offer TAP Canada in Saskatchewan, a program that is rapidly gaining momentum across Canada, and a reputation of achieving real results, fast.

Now is the time for Canadian companies to export globally. A lower Canadian dollar, limited domestic growth, and uncertainty in the U.S. have established the right conditions for Canadian firms to diversify and go global. At the same time, uncertainty in the trade relationship with our largest trading partner means that it is even more important for Canadian companies to diversify and prepare their companies for long-term success in new export markets.

Through its Expert Partners, TAP Canada gives companies access to Canada’s top exporting advisors, resources and contacts. Companies will have the opportunity to work with industry leaders to build a comprehensive Export Plan, and then begin its implementation.

STEP encourages companies to take advantage of this unique opportunity to accelerate their firm’s growth and export capacity. The services and visibility offered through TAP Canada are valued at approximately $25,000.

How to participate: apply or be nominated

Companies can participate in TAP via partner nomination or direct application. All applications are reviewed by the TAP team to ensure the program is a good fit and allow participants to maximize its benefits.

Thanks to generous support from our partners, we can offer your company a participation fee of $495 for the program instead of the original cost of $5,000 per company. Talk to us for more details.

Winter 2020 program date

Application deadline - January 10
2-day workshop (Export Readiness Training) - January 29 & 30
Full-day workshop (Export Plan) - February 6 
Full-day workshop (Mentoring and Validation with Experts and Partners) - March 3

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The Trade Accelerator Program will help:

  • Give you customized, face-to-face coaching and advice
  • Help you navigate the complex global trade ecosystem
  • Give you access to a network of experts and thought leaders
  • Get you familiar with international best practices
  • Help you develop and set up an export plan
  • step one
    The program starts with an intensive two-day training session to introduce your company to the program and the resources available. Over these two days, you will also learn how to build and put a new Market Entry Plan in place. Leading Canadian export advisors take you through the steps during interactive workshops.
  • step two
    A few days after the two-day workshop, you will spend the day with a mentor who will help you expand your export strategy and write your export plan. You will get one-on-one coaching from experts in international business development. They will guide you through the Export Assessment Tool, which will then be reviewed by leading Canadian export advisers. The advisers will give you a short report outlining the strengths and gaps related to your company's Market Entry Plan. Then you will be matched with the TAP Saskatchewan lead and supporting partners to fill in those gaps.
  • step three
    For the rest of the program, you will work with TAP Saskatchewan's lead & supporting partners and export specialists to finalize your new Market Entry Plan. By the end of the six weeks, you will be activating your new Market Entry Plan with help from the experts you are working with.

Why choose TAP Canada for your export plans?

  • Laura Burget Co-Founder, NIU BODY
    “Before attending the TAP program, I was skeptical about how valuable it would be for us. After completing the first two-day workshop I can say that my expectations were blown out of the water! The sessions were informative, specific and actionable - packed with information that we can actually come back and start applying to our business instantly. TAP has done a phenomenal of bringing together a group of experts who truly care about supporting us and helping our businesses grow internationally. I feel fortunate to be a part of the program!”
  • Fotios Saratsiotis President , Vexo Technology Solutions
    “TAP gave me the opportunity to learn exactly what needs to be done to spearhead my company's export growth strategy. I gained a lot of value and insights”
  • Claudia Marion President and CEO, Purposeful Excellence
    “I am very happy with the TAP 2-day workshop. I felt it to be very informative & motivational towards increasing my company's export footprint and the introduction to key export resources & processes was priceless.”


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