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Export Financing with Export Development Canada (EDC) & Accelerated Payments (APL)

November 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm







In this session, Anna Piekarska from EDC and Mark Elliott from APL will share information to help with Export Financing.

Some of the topics covered will include:
Researching your target customers
Get ready for financing
What are some challenges I might face?
What financing options are available for my business?
How does export insurance work?

We will be looking for questions from the participants as well as our friends at the Innovation Factory.




photo of Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott
Sales Director @Accelerated Payments (Canada)
Mark Elliott is a Sales Director for North America for Accelerated Payments. Mark has 25 years of sales and tech experience including a number of leadership roles. He has been involved in the startup and tech space in Hamilton for almost 15 years.


photo of Anna Piekarska

Anna Piekarska
Senior Account Manager @Export Development Canada
Anna Piekarska has been at Export Development Canada for over ten years. She is a Senior Account Manager on the Business Development team working with Canadian exporters in the Hamilton and Niagara area to help them facilitate their global trade by providing them access to risk mitigation and financing solutions so they can take advantage of international opportunities. Anna enjoys working with entrepreneurs and is passionate about helping them grow and expand into the global markets. She has a proven ability to support businesses of all sizes and by partnering with others in her network is able to asses customers’ needs and introduce innovative solutions. Anna studied in Canada and Europe and worked in places such as the European Union, the Austrian Consulate and Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. She holds Specialized Honours Degree in International Studies from Glendon College and has a Master Degree in International Relations and Global Economics from McMaster University.


About APL:

Accelerated Payments provide finance to businesses with an immediate need for working capital to fund new opportunities for growth or keep the show on the road while they wait to get paid.

We make it simple, affordable, and quick to access funds. We don’t ask for personal guarantees, liens, long-term contracts or onerous paperwork.
Set up in 2017 by entrepreneurs with many years’ experience in financial services, the company set out to solve the problem of cash flow for businesses through a flexible and innovative invoice finance service.

Accelerated Payments international headquarters is in Dublin and our Canadian office is in Toronto.

About Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory is a non-profit business accelerator, serving as the catalyst for tech innovation in the greater Hamilton area since 2011. Innovation Factory provides business services, training and mentorship to help entrepreneurs with advanced manufacturing, clean tech, information tech, life science and social innovations to bring their ideas to market, increase revenues, attract investment and create jobs.


November 24
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Innovation Factory