Our Process

Step 1- Contact and first meeting

Companies interested in enrolling in the incubation program should first contact Emergence.

The application process begins with an informal meeting between the applicant and Emergence staff for the exchange of information. Through this process, Emergence staff will determine the eligibility of the company to participate in the Incubation program.

Emergence’s eligibility criteria include:

  • Stage of development
  • evidence of business, product or process innovation
  • management potential and coachability
  • business potential
  • technical potential
  • focus area and fit of the company with the existing resources and expertise of the Emergence program

Based on the initial meeting and our eligibility review, the company may be invited to submit an application to join the Emergence program.

Step 2 – Submit online application

Applications are submitted online through our website and should include a non-proprietary description of the company’s business goals, milestones, products, services and/or technologies. This information will be utilized to determine membership status and to facilitate support to your company by informing Emergence mentors and staff.

Step 3 – Review of application

Membership is based on an in-depth evaluation of the company’s application. The focus of the business and technology reviews is on the potential for commercialization, capability of the company’s management, the status of its financing, financial needs, intellectual property status, market focus, level of business, product or process innovation, and commercialization plan. In addition, companies are evaluated based on the completeness of their business plan and on their capacity to benefit from the incubator services.

Once accepted into the program, clients will be assigned an in-house mentor, who will serve as the main point of contact between the company and the program. Emergence mentors and staff will assist companies address their key strategic, feasibility, regulatory and product development issues. They will receive support from the Emergence team to develop a business plan and refine their business model. Clients may be offered access to certain specialist services, co-funded by the Emergence program, and to our market intelligence and professional advisory services. In addition, client companies may take advantage of the Emergence business and funding networks; and can also elect to receive team mentorship services.

Program length limit:

Emergence is a multi-year incubation program by design, and a time limit for participation in the program is not pre-determined. A company will be allowed to participate in the incubation program for as long as it continues to progress and grow. After exit, client companies may chose to continue to participate in certain components of the Emergence program, such as networking and partnering activities.

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