SME Passport

SME Passport is an internationalization assistance program that aims to provide personalized support to SMEs demonstrating the ambition and a strong potential for developing their activities on an international level.

23 businesses will be selected to take part in SME Passport from among all applications received.

Over the course of eighteen months, these SMEs will benefit from a complete range of services and activities enabling them to speed up their business development abroad.

If your company is chosen, you will have an opportunity to:

  •   Develop a strategy and a plan of action adapted to your expansion project
  •   Master essential skills for conducting business in the countries
         you are targeting
  •   Benefit from guidance at each step of your process, from your assessment
         to your meetings with potential foreign business partners
  •   Take advantage of the visibility for your company offered through the
         promotion of the program

The services and visibility offered by the program are valued at up to $25,000 CAD. If chosen, companies must agree to pay the sum of $5,000 CAD. Once paid, this non-refundable amount will serve to confirm the participants’ commitment, and to support the management of the SME Passport program.


Activities in detail

Exporters Club: Three or four meetings between the cohort’s participants during which you will discuss your export challenges with a view towards co-development.
National Bank financial diagnosis: You will meet a National Bank International Financing Specialist who will review the financial statements supplied during the selection stage and discuss the smartest international funding structure for your business.
Export diagnosis: An international development specialist will make an export assessment and recommendations.
Plan of action: With help from a specialist, you will identify your company’s needs, markets with high potential, and the main stages of your international development
Coaching: Advisors will equip your management team, allowing them to master the essential aspects of exporting your product or service to a targeted market.
Training workshops: You will attend half-day training sessions on various important aspects of conducting business abroad, specifically corresponding to your needs.
Networking: You will meet foreign clients or partners, as well as other entrepreneurs interested in the same markets.
Seminars: You will take part in seminars on the markets you are targeting in which you will have an opportunity to meet with international business specialists.
A turnkey trade mission: The mission will take place on one of your target markets and its personalized program will include business meetings, airline tickets, and lodging.

"SME Passport gave us a better understanding of the medical market, facilitated our equipment certification process, helped us get government funding, and, lastly, enabled us to take part as an exhibitor at Europe’s largest medical congress in Düsseldorf, Germany. We are ending the year with some thirty potential distributors, and we will be able to develop a new network of partners for this promising market."
-Dectro 2013 – 2014 Cohort

Banque Nationale Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Export Québec