Canada has launched its first patent collective to help data-driven clean tech companies understand, generate and strategically use intellectual property in scaling up. The Innovation Asset Collective, backed by $30 million in federal funding, includes a defensive “war chest” to help Canadian SMEs defend their patents in an often predatory global IP marketplace.
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The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded $75 million to more than 1,600 researchers from over 60 universities across Canada. More than $60 million will go for partnership projects and $14 million will support 160 postdoctoral researchers. Out of the total number of recipients, 760 (56%) self-identify as women, 48 (4%) as Indigenous, 158…
Canada will need creative and innovative ways to build up talent for cybersecurity if we want to take advantage of opportunities and protect ourselves from the threats of new technologies, according to a recent report by Deloitte Canada on the state of cybersecurity talent.
The federal government has released a new National Cyber Security Strategy based in part on a Cyber Review with public consultations conducted in 2016 and first announced in Budget 2018.
Interac Corp has opened an innovation lab, called the Interac Lab, in Kitchener’s Communitech hub.
A group of top Canadian banks and insurance firms are backing a fund that will help Canadian companies grow locally by filling an identified void in the capital market.
The Univ of Waterloo will be the only Canadian university in the University Blockchain Research Initiative, an international research effort spearheaded by Ripple, a San Francisco-based technology company specializing in digital payments and blockchain. The university will join the world’s top universities to spur research and innovation in blockchain, cryptography and digital payment systems. Ripple…
Integrated design and technology firm IBI Group is setting up a smart city sandbox based at its Toronto headquarters to leverage its services and expertise around emerging technologies, such as 5G, robotics, artificial intelligence and blockchain.
Alberta Enterprise Corporation, the provincial government’s independent fund of funds manager, has invested $5 million in Panache Ventures’ new Canadian seed fund. This investment comes after Panache Ventures recently closed up to $25 million in deals, and the company is keen to support more seed-stage startups across Canada. Panache Ventures is led by former startup…