Innovation Accelerator Program

Innovation Accelerator Program

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90 days to transform your business

The Innovation Accelerator is a 90-day sprint that radically moves companies forward to outpace their competition and innovate rapidly.

The program is geared towards second- stage growth oriented businesses, with the objective of supporting participants in bringing an innovation idea from concept to reality.

While other programs talk about spurring innovation, this program digs in and helps companies transform themselves—and in doing so, accelerate their business success

How it works

A facilitated, self-guided 12-week program led by Ignite Innovator in Residence, and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MRU, Ray DePaul. Ray, alongside subject matter experts, will coach and advise participants through their Go-to-Market Plan development process.

Three cohorts per year, with 8-12 businesses per cohort, will attend 6 group sessions while completing and reporting their progress on self-assigned goals over the 12-week period.

The final objective is to have all companies set to launch their individual innovation execution plans by the end of the Accelerator Program.

Topics and takeaways

  • LEAN Innovation Methodology
  • Development of a Business Model Canvas for your innovation idea
  • Value Proposition Canvas
  • Business Model Environment Scan
  • Focused bi-weekly goal setting to keep you pushing forward
  • Accountability breakfasts (status reporting) to keep your progress on track
  • Opportunity to present your final Go-to-Market plan to senior business leaders

Program dates

The Chamber is looking for 8-12 qualified businesses to participate in the next two cohorts:

[Sold out] Cohort 1: February – April 2017
Participating companies inlcude Tundra Process Solutions Ltd., Raven Bay, Hatsize, and Blitzmark.

[Sold out] Cohort 2: April 19, 2017 – June 23, 2017
Participating companies include Dogma Training & Pet Services, BRITT Land & Engagement, Betach Solutions, and Virtuoso Electric.

[Sold out] Cohort 3: September 15, 2017 – December 1, 2017

Cohort participation requires an executive commitment, and availability to attend six in-person meetings.


Contact Johanna Clark at for more information on the program and to find out if joining a cohort is right for your business.


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