Winning at IRAP: The 24-Month Strategy for Tech R&D

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm ET
(Can't make this time? Register for our May 2nd 5:00pm ET and 8:00pm ET time slots)

Location: Online Webinar via GoToWebinar


Questions about setting your ingress gateway at the edge/proxy to service mesh? IRAP funding could help. Moving data structures to an event-driven architecture? You might want IRAP funding.

If you have a technology product or service solution to commercialize, you are probably the ideal applicant for NRC-IRAP government funding.

This webinar will explore the larger IRAP asks strategy and methods to prepare for its 24-month roll-out. If you are a CTO, Senior Developer, Data Scientist, or Lead Software Engineer, you will not want to miss out on this opportunity to better understand the rich domain of Canadian research and development funding.

Brenda will share her experience-to-date in scoping Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) projects and advise on best practices to accelerate strategic business priorities, through funded research and development wages of both full-time employees and contracted salaries.

Webinar Takeaways

  • Selecting your TOP 3 software development/high-tech projects for funds
  • Differentiation of internal technical challenges: What is RISK?
  • The 24-month strategy, and how to action it

IRAP Funding Prerequisites for 24-Month Strategy

Prerequisites for most Canadian research and development programs:

  • Incorporated in Canada for at least 3 years
  • At least 19 FTE's Full time Employees
  • $1M+ in sales over 24 months
  • $200k revenue positive/neutral moving to positive in 2 quarters
  • Not a retailer/distributor
  • Not a start-up

Webinar Speaker

Brenda Cane Blackwell
Business Development Executive, Mentor Works Ltd.


As a Generalist, Brenda has interfaced the TECH Sector in a portfolio career that spans government Business Systems, Strategic MIS Analyses, to CEO of Communications and New Media Management. Brenda is the Funding Entrepreneur in Residence of York University’s Y Space.

Devoted to funding solutions for the Canadian TECH Sector, Brenda helps guide the strategic positioning of Canadian SMEs seeking market growth, enterprise digitization and workforce development. With graduate degrees in Marketing and Business Communications, New Media Management, and Adult Education, she brings a wealth of academic and applied knowledge to the Mentor Works team. She freely shares her strategic creativity in a space that craves insight and construct.

BONUS for Attendees: Receive a 30-Minute IRAP Discovery Call with Brenda 

Gain insight into these opportunity by accessing a free download exclusive to webinar attendees.