Concierge Service: Your Guide to Innovation

January 15, 2015 - Tags: Innovation Financing

This guest blog post is provided by the Concierge Service, a new Government of Canada program that provides a single point of access to innovation support programs and services for small and medium-sized Canadian companies.

Having difficulty finding funding and other resources needed to grow your business?  

Thanks to the Concierge Service, this information is just a click or a phone call away! 

In Canada, there are a number of resources and programs available to help small businesses succeed. There are so many programs, in fact, that it can become overwhelming and tricky to navigate.

Get connected fast to the best funding and support programs for you!

The key to our service is that it offers customized guidance from a team of expert advisors, located across Canada. Innovation Advisors are industry experts with extensive networks that provide clients with high-quality referrals and searches that yield tailored information and relevant support.

For example, Dr. Saber Miresmailli, Founder and CEO of Ecoation Innovative Solutions, was looking for funding and partnership opportunities that would help him grow Ecoation's business. An Innovation Advisor quickly assessed its business goals and immediately identified the most appropriate resources and programs targeted to its specific needs.

"One single meeting turned into more than $200,000 in funding, which is pretty remarkable. We didn't even know the program existed, let alone that we were eligible to receive this kind of funding," says Miresmailli. "Our Innovation Advisor was instrumental in connecting us with the right programs that could help us grow, and we would not have been successful in obtaining this funding without his guidance."

If you're looking to bring your business idea to life or breathe new life into an existing business, don't wait, get in touch NOW!

Connect for free with an Innovation Advisor — call the Concierge Service client contact centre at: 1-855-53-GUIDE (1-855-534-8433), Monday to Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST and visit the Concierge Service website at

The Concierge Service for business innovation is delivered by the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) in collaboration with federal and provincial partners.


Posted by on January 19, 2015
Hello Claudio,

Thank you for contacting the Canada Business Network. Please visit our wage subsidies page to locate a program to suit your specific needs. Our financing search might also come in handy if you find you have other reasons to seek funding. For further assistance locating wage subsidies for your specific industry and region, please contact the Canada Business service centre of your choice or call toll free 1-888-576-4444 (TTY 1-800-457-8466).

Hope this helps.
Posted by Claudio on January 16, 2015
can you please direct me to where or who I can contact to inquire about subsidies when expanding and hiring managers. I have seen sites that stated this grant or subsidy but do not remember if it was Federal or Provincial.

Thank you
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