Funding the Internet of Things: OCE Programs
"There are No “Grants” – How to Maximize Your Returns when Seeking Funding from Public Programs"
An interactive overview of public programs supporting technology development and commercialization in Ontario. We will focus on programs related to industry - academic collaboration and the spin-out of technology from academic institutions to start-ups. The presentation will include examples of successful projects.
- Overview of key programs
- Where to learn about programs?
- How to apply successfully?
- An introduction to the Ontario Centres of Excellence and its programs supporting industry-academic collaborations and spin-offs from universities and colleges in Ontario.
About the presenter:
John MacRitchie, Regional Director, Ontario Centres of Excellence
The Ontario Centres of Excellence builds collaborations between Ontario companies and academic research teams that accelerate and expand the ability of companies to bring competitive products to market.
John leads the business development team developing and managing roughly 200 active projects between companies and academic institutions in the Greater Toronto Area. He previously held the position of Director Business Development with the OCE Centre for Communications and Information Technologies.
Prior to joining OCE, John spent over 15 years in international management and consulting on business development for large industrial process control systems technologies securing major projects in China, United States, Brazil, Taiwan and Canada.
John holds an MBA from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, and holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
When & Where
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.