Praxis Acceleration Program

A 6-month commercialization program geared towards healthcare companies with a product ready to launch into market that will transform the lives of people living with SCI.

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Program Description

Praxis Spinal Cord Institute is proud to launch the Praxis SCI Accelerate Program, a 6-month acceleration pilot program for health start-up companies with solutions that address care- and cure-related treatments and overall quality of life of individuals with SCI.

Located in Vancouver, Canada, the program is designed for post-prototype companies to scale their innovations quickly. We pair our expertise in SCI research, knowledge translation, direct consumer engagement and commercialization, with specialized coaching in regulatory and reimbursement advice, as well as helping build on your market validation and sales strategy. Through the 6-month program, our hand-picked mentors and team will work closely with you to get ready to pitch to Canadian and US vendors (including hospital systems, investors and other buyers) through 1:1 matching as well as a demo day.

The program will not only provide tailored mentorship through office hours with hand-picked mentors but will also provide access to Praxis’ global network of SCI research, donor and investment organizations to help build your international market strategy across developing and developed markets.

The Praxis Spinal Cord Institute’s SCI Accelerate program is made possible through support from the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification, the University of Waterloo and Genome British Columbia.

→ Download the Program one-pager (pdf)

→ Download the 2020 Cohort one-pager (pdf)

→ Guidelines for Business Visitors in Canada (pdf)

Program Highlights

  • Program runs from April – September 2021 (6 months)
  • In residence program, located in Vancouver, BC
  • $50K- $100K seed funding provided ($50K initial block of funding will be provided to all entry companies). Within three months following the program, should the company have met key business/growth objectives, further funding may be provided
  • Cohort of maximum five companies accepted for our pilot cohort in 2020
  • Companies with a clear medical application to SCI care- or cure-related treatments required

Key Dates

Stay tuned for dates of the SCI Accelerate Program 2021!

Application open: December 9, 2019
Deadline to apply: February 10, 2020
Review process: February 10 – 20, 2020
Interviews: February 10 – 24, 2020
Notice of decision: March 05, 2020
Program begins: April 2020

Application Disclosure

If you apply to the Praxis SCI Accelerate Program, we will collect personal information about you, information relating to your company, and why you are applying for the program. We use this information for the purposes of processing and responding to your application, including assessing the suitability of your company for acceptance into the program. If you provide us with personal information about any other individual (such as your co-founder(s) or partner(s)), you confirm that you have obtained the consent of such individual(s) prior to providing any personal information to us.

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the personal information we hold on you, or you would like to exercise one of your privacy rights, please do not hesitate to contact us at

For general questions pertaining to the Praxis SCI Accelerate Program, please email

The Praxis Spinal Cord Institute’s SCI Accelerate program is made possible through support from

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