Current Opportunities: Innovation Ecosystem Partners


The following are opportunities shared by our Innovation Ecosystem Partners:


Deadline April 29 to apply for Innovation Assistance Program 

Thanks in part to lobbying efforts from Innovate Niagara through the Canadian Digital Media Network, the federal government has announced $250 million in funding for the Innovation Assistance Program (IAP) to support Canada’s start-up ecosystem. IRAP IAP provides a wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks. Applications are due by April 29, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

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Ontario innovators come together in OCE Collaboration Platform

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has launched the COVID-19 Collaboration Platform to identify the innovative technologies, SMEs and experts from across the province to fill the current product and service gaps. If you have a piece of the puzzle – whether it is an asset, a technology or a product – and need collaborators to assist your efforts, visit OCE’s site to share your capabilities, barriers and needs. We can all work together to flatten the curve!

Read more here.

Agri-food operator funding helps SMEs with e-business

The Agri-Food Open for E-Business initiative will help food producers, farmers markets, retailers, garden centres, greenhouses, nurseries, and agricultural associations develop online business, providing consumers with greater access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products. This targeted application intake features two funding streams: 1) bringing one’s business online, and 2) developing online business opportunities. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) will immediately accept applications and expedite the approval process.

More information about this targeted intake and the program guidelines can be found online here or by calling: 1-877-424-1300.