Showing posts from February, 2014

IRAP Q3 contributions for 70 organizations across 12 regions in SWOntario

The quarter ended December 31 (Q3 FY2014) was huge for IRAP contributions across Southwestern Ontario—way too many to go through individually. The long list of recipients includes Snapsort, Miovision, Renix, Akira Systems, Ortech, Digital Extremes, TecVana, LifeLike Biotissue, Pulse Infoframe, Magnet Forensics, Thalmic, Sand Plains Aquaculture, Fehr Machine, and System-On-Chip Technologies. Communitech, Innovation Guelph and the Canadian Innovation Centre also received contributions.

A few of these actually happened in Q2 and were disclosed late, but even so, it was one of the most active periods you'll see—particularly in London, where 21 companies received contributions. As I've mentioned several times, IRAP has long been a leading supporter of the London tech community. But it wasn't just London—there were contributions in 12 different regions of Southwestern Ontario. There are innovative companies across the region in a wide range of sectors. The largest contribution…

At first glance: Highlights of Budget 2014

Haven't read a lot of it yet, but these were some items that stood out from a innovation perspective ... and from a quasi-rural, living in Southwestern Ontario near the border perspective (a summary of my Tweets at the time):
Additional $40 million over four years to the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program to help entrepreneurs create new companies$305 million over five years to enhance access to high-speed broadband networks to a target speed of 5 Mb/sUp to $30 million to IRAP to support youth internships in SMEsReallocation of $15 million annually within the Youth Employment Strategy to support up to 1,000 full-time internships at SMEs $3 million over three years to the Canadian Digital Media Network for the creation of the Open Data Institute in Waterloo $15 million over three years, starting in 2014–15, to support the Institute for Quantum Computing in WaterlooCreate the Canada First Research Excellence Fund with $1.5 billion in funding over the next decadeAdditional $15 m…