Soft Landing Programme Canada

Opportunities to Explore the North American Market: Canada-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform

 

In close collaboration with Invest Ottawa, the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy to the Netherlands and InnovationQuarter, HSD has set up the Canada-Netherlands Cyber and Security Technologies Soft Landing Platform. HSD SME partners that are interested in exploring the North American market get a unique opportunity to “soft land” for a trail period in Ottawa, Canada’s national hub for the cyber, defence and security sectors with easy access to the full North American market. Each company will land between now and December, 2016 for a period of up to three months. Within this period, start dates and duration of soft landings for each company are flexible, and these decisions are tailored to company needs. Canadian SMEs get the opportunity to land in The Hague.

 

By participating in the programme, each firm will be provided with access to key resources and support by Invest Ottawa and HSD to build a strong regional network in the markets and make strategic connections. Ultimately, the programme is conceived to provide a low risk entry trial to Canadian and Dutch companies entering a new international market, accessing the resources they need to more readily tap into commercial opportunities by connecting with new partners, closing new deals, and possibly setting up a permanent presence in the market.

 

The Soft Landing Platform offers:
- Access to office space in the City of Ottawa at Invest Ottawa fully funded under this program at no cost to you
- Mentorship from Invest Ottawa, industry leaders, partners, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service and the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa
- Support in accessing financial resources, engaging strategic partners, and refining business models for market opportunities in the NAFTA region
- Greater exposure to global partners and opportunities to pursue clients

 

Why you should land in Ottawa:
Ottawa is a national hub for Canada’s cyber, defence and security sector. It is a G7 capital city and headquarters for federal government departments including the Department of National Defence, Public Safety Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Communications Security Establishment Canada, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Ottawa’s cyber security industry is home to 180 firms while the defence sector has approximately 300 firms.  With its highly skilled workforce, its dynamic research and development infrastructure and wide array of related businesses and industries, Ottawa has become a national leader in the development of innovative cyber and security related technologies. With the largest concentration of scientists and researchers in Canada, the Ottawa industrial base is supported by research institutions such as National Research Council of Canada, Defence Research Development Canada, and Communications Research Centre Canada.

 

In short:
- Ottawa is a national hub for Canada’s cyber, defence and security sectors
- Ottawa is a G7 capital city and headquarters for federal government departments including the Department of National Defence, Public Safety Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Communications Security Establishment Canada, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- Ottawa is the most research intense region of Canada. The proportion of scientist and engineers in the workforce is second only to Silicon Valley in North America.

 

If you are interested and want to learn more about the soft landing platform, please do not hesitate to contact: Caroline Bolduc - Trade Commissioner-Innovation The Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Tel.: +31 (70) 311-1653

E-mail: caroline.bolduc@international.gc.ca 

Address: Sophialaan 7, 2514 JP The Hague, The Netherlands

 

Or get in contact with HSD Foundation: Hans van Loon (hans.vanloon@thehaguesecuritydelta.com) or Bert Feskens (bert.feskens@thehaguesecuritydelta.com)