Government Challenges Small Businesses to InnovateInvites Canadian small businesses to develop innovative solutions to nine new challenges. Shawni Beaulieu October 12, 2018
October 3, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario
Small businesses and their ability to innovate make Canada’s economy run. At the same time, the federal government is Canada’s largest purchaser of goods. How can the government use these purchases to help small businesses innovate and grow?
The answer is Innovative Solutions Canada. Through this program, government departments are inviting small businesses to come up with a new innovative product, service or solution in answer to specific challenges they face. Winning small businesses may receive up to $150,000 to refine their research and development and, if accepted into Phase 2, receive up to $1 million to develop a working prototype. The Government will then act as a first customer, helping small businesses to commercialize their innovations, scale up their business and create good jobs.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, today announced nine challenges on behalf of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is challenging small businesses to:
1. Improve soil sample collection to make it easier, and make testing more accurate
2. Make “smart farming” technology cheaper so that smaller farms can use it
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