Black entrepreneurs and intellectual property

Black entrepreneurs and intellectual property

Resources and learning materials for Black entrepreneurs looking to apply for intellectual property (IP).


This February, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting the theme of Black excellence and innovation: Unlocking the potential of intellectual property.

If you’d like to take part in future initiatives and events for Black innovators, read our web notice.

Learn about IP

IP inventory checklist

Use this checklist to explore the types of IP you could exploit.

Manage your IP

Build your IP strategy, protect your IP in Canada and abroad, take your ideas to market.

Celebrating Black innovation

Upcoming events happening this Black History Month

Canadian IP Voices podcast

Our monthly podcast featuring interviews with IP experts on how IP works in real life

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Learn about Black entrepreneurs, IP owners and innovators

Black innovators in research and medicine

Meet Dr. Bernard Thébaud, Dr. Juliet Daniel and Dr. Alexandra Merkx-Jacques, 3 Black Canadian scientists and researchers finding new solutions to big issues

Black innovators in business

Meet Evelyne Moraa Nyairo, Frantz Saintellemy, and Sonel Merjuste and Jasmine Exael, 4 entrepreneurs bringing positive changes to their communities

Black innovators in technology and innovation

Meet Alan Emtage and Samuel Pierre, whose breakthrough technological innovations have transformed the way we connect to the world

Partner funding and resources for Black entrepreneurs

Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund

Loans of up to $250,000 for Black business owners and entrepreneurs across the country

Black Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

A national central hub for research, data and insights on Canadian Black entrepreneurship

Ecosystem Fund

Black-led, non-profit organizations in your region that offer valuable services such as mentorship and business training

IP Village

Key IP resources and funding options for Canadian businesses

Canadian Black Scientists Network

Support for pursuing higher degrees and overcoming challenges in STEM fields


Financing, mentorship, resources and networking for Black Canadian entrepreneurs aged 18 to 39