Frequently Asked Questions

How is i-onCONNECT unique?

i-onCONNECT offers a unique range of services that hasn’t previously been available in the marketplace. While we provide first-rate incubator and accelerator services, our value doesn’t stop there. At the beginning of the innovation pathway, we conduct studies to examine the feasibility and relevance of making investments in research and development for your products and processes. We also use best-in-class project management tools to accelerate product development and engineering qualification. As well, we shepherd you through the New Product Introduction (NPI) and commercialization process and provide technology brokerage services. Finally, i-onCONNECT assesses whether you’re ready to recruit investors, and if you’re not, we’ll equip you with the tools to successfully attract investment. On top of all that, through our partners, we provide value-added support services such as IT support, secure data storage, and accounting. In addition, we will soon have extensive office space and a prototype lab/clean room available for short or long-term use.

Who is i-onCONNECT for?

i-onCONNECT is for any innovator, entrepreneur, start-up, sole proprietor, or small and medium-sized enterprise with an idea, concept, product, or process looking to create a new business, or expand or grow their existing business through mentorship, product development, engineering qualification, and investment.

Is my company “too far along” to benefit from i-onCONNECT’s services?

Every company has different needs, and that is why i-onCONNECT offers wide-ranging services to assist our clients at any stage of their business. The stages range from the start-up phase, to the product development or engineering qualification stage, to the point where a business has become a company but still needs guidance.

Can i-onCONNECT help me raise capital from investors?

Yes, if you are investor-ready and feel comfortable making your pitch in front of our investor network, then we are happy to make the introductions. If you’re not ready to pursue investors, we can help you get to that point by providing our Investor Readiness Assement and Support Services.

Can i-onCONNECT invest in my company?

As a for-profit business, i-onCONNECT is open to investing in viable start-ups and other compelling businesses. When considering investments we follow the same rigorous vetting approach that we follow before putting any company in front of angel investors.

If I work with i-onCONNECT, should I be worried about protecting my intellectual property? Will i-onCONNECT sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)?

i-onCONNECT treats all information about our clients as confidential and will never divulge it outside of our business relationship. As well, we will never ask for proprietary information that constitutes your “secret sauce”. However, we will work closely with you to understand your company’s unique competitive advantage. It is our standard practice to sign NDAs with companies we work with.

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