Praxis SCI Accelerate Program

A six-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 our third Praxis SCI Accelerate Program, a 6-month virtual acceleration 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, this virtual program is designed for post-prototype companies to scale their innovations quickly. We pair our expertise in SCI research, knowledge translation, direct persons with lived experience (PLEX ) 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, we help build on your market validation and sales strategy and 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 Praxis Spinal Cord Institute’s SCI Accelerate program is made possible through support from the Government of Canada through the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) program.

→ Download the Program one-pager (pdf)

→ Meet the Praxis Innovation Team


4 – 5

Post-Prototype Companies

Up to $30K

Non-Diluted Funding

160 – 200+ Hours

Hours of 1:1 Mentorship

Learn More about the Praxis SCI Accelerate Program

“Praxis SCI Accelerate has done a great job tailoring their programming to our business needs and connecting us with a fantastic PLEX and research team that is helping accelerate the evaluation of our technology for the different SCI conditions. we look forward to having the technology tested soon.”

— Lukas-Karim Merhi, CEO of BioInteractive Technologies, SCI Accelerate 2020 Cohort

Hear from the Praxis SCI Accelerate inaugural 2020 cohort as they reflect on their experiences with the program in the Cohort Testimonials video.

Program Highlights

  • Program runs from October 2024 to March 2025 (6 months)
  • Virtual program based in Vancouver, BC
  • Up to $30K (CAD) in grant funding (will be provided in two tranches to all entry companies). Within three months following the program, further funding may be provided if the company has met key business/growth objectives
  • Cohort of maximum five companies accepted
  • Companies with a clear medical application to SCI care- or cure-related treatments required, but not limited to only SCI

Key Dates

Applications Closed: August 18, 2024
Interviews: August 20 to September 20, 2024
Notice of decision: September 23, 2024
Program runs: October 7, 2024 to March 27, 2025

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

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