The Acceleration program puts funding on the table to help finance the growth of AI startups and SMEs across Canada. The program targets those initiatives that:
The goal of the Acceleration program is to support the growth of the future giants of AI emerging from Canada’s promising ecosystem.
The Acceleration program does not directly fund individual AI startups or SMEs. Rather, Scale AI provides funding to organizations that do.
The Acceleration program aims to financially support:
Scale AI does not directly fund startups through the Acceleration program. You can benefit from Scale AI’s support by participating in one of the accredited programs offered by partnering organizations across Canada.
Each program has its own selection processes and criteria. You can apply directly through our partner organizations.
Scale AI’s Acceleration program targets organizations across Canada that offer programs and supporting activities, such as incubation, coaching, mentorship, customer and sector business development support, IP and commercialization support, product expansion, and access to capital facilitation. For example:
All funding granted by the Acceleration program is based on reimbursement of costs and expenditures. We assess each program’s operating costs as well as its benefit to startups.
To be reimbursable by Scale AI under the Acceleration program, expenses must meet our funding guidelines and include expenditures made in Canada relating to program activities that fall into one of the following categories:
No. Although they are of a direct benefit to startups, our funding guidelines do not allow us to consider them as an eligible expenditure.