Oct. 21, 2011 -- Thanks to new partnerships with Mohawk College, fifteen businesses in southern Ontario will have an opportunity to bring innovative products to market and increase their productivity and competitiveness. Today, David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced the agreements between the college and local small- and medium-sized businesses.
"Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs and help our small businesses grow," said MP Sweet. "The agreements between Mohawk College and small businesses will allow them to work together on projects that will bring new products to the marketplace."
"New and innovative technologies are changing how we access and use information in areas such as health care and mobile technology. These advancements are creating opportunities for young entrepreneurs that didn't exist just a few years ago," said Mohawk President Rob MacIsaac. "This support from our federal government is enabling Mohawk students to put their skills and expertise to work developing innovative solutions that help local small- to medium-sized businesses grow and prosper, and encourages economic development in our city."
Last year, under the Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative, Mohawk College was approved for up to $750,000 from FedDev Ontario to partner with small- and medium-sized businesses on activities such as applied research, engineering design, technology development, product testing, and certification. The support provided will create new economic opportunities, help businesses in southern Ontario grow, and enable them to become even more innovative and competitive.
For more information on the Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative and Mohawk College's partners, please refer to the backgrounder.
Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region's strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region's businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified. To learn more, please visit www.feddevontario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.
Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative
The Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative addresses the unique research and innovation challenges faced by small and medium sized enterprises by helping post-secondary institutions to provide their applied R&D and pre-commercialization expertise to businesses that do not have the internal capacity to undertake those activities.
FedDev Ontario is providing Mohawk College with up to $750,000 to partner with the following 15 small- and medium-sized enterprises on the following projects.
Anoven Inc. (Hamilton)
Anoven is a life sciences start-up company developing a technology that uses DNA-based tests to diagnose and detect infectious diseases. Compared to conventional diagnostic methods such as microscopy, culture, and immunoassays, DNA-based tests are faster, more sensitive and more specific. Anoven's technology, which allows large numbers of samples to be analyzed quickly and without manual intervention, uses a disposable device that is made from several small components. The aim of the collaboration between iDeaWORKS at Mohawk College and Anoven is to help find a way of assembling this disposable device precisely, consistently, inexpensively and in large quantities. Students and faculty in the Mohawk-McMaster Bachelor of Technology, Process Automation Technology Program are developing a robotic workstation, which includes building end-effectors and programming the motion of a robotic arm, to automate the assembly of the disposable devices. As a result of this project, Anoven will soon secure the production of higher volumes of devices, which they will be able to supply to health science partners. http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/ideaworks/case-studies/applied-anoven.html
Basadur Applied Creativity (Burlington)
Basadur Applied Creativity (BAC) helps organizations around the globe use applied creativity to solve problems and create innovative growth opportunities. As part of this process, BAC uses an interactive online tool to help clients learn about their problem-solving styles. Mohawk College's iDeaWORKS is helping BAC to upgrade this online tool's functionality, usability, and security. The aim of this project is to enable the company to handle a higher volume of clients by improving elements of the tool, such as its registration process, account management, design, reporting features and translation into other languages. For more information, visit: http://www.basadur.com/
ecGroup Inc. (Ancaster)
ecGroup, an eHealth consulting company, has partnered with iDeaWORKS at Mohawk College to develop an innovative new mobile eHealth (mHealth) technology. The cloud-based service sits as a façade in front of an electronic health records system (EHRS) and translates inbound and outbound text messages into standards-based eHealth transactions (HL7v3). This technology has the potential to have a huge impact on the developing world, where PCs are rare but the use of mobile phones is growing rapidly. In remote settings, such technology may be employed to help community-based workers, many of whom have little clinical training, follow the WHO/UNICEF care guidelines regarding maternal, newborn and child health (the MNCH guidelines). Based on the success of the project and its demonstrable benefits in both developing and developed world settings, ecGroup has filed for provisional patent protection of this innovative new technology.
For more information, visit: http://ecgroupinc.com/index.htm
Fluid Media Inc. (Hamilton)
Fluid Media Inc. (FMi), an emerging company that creates software products for mobile devices, recently launched the iPad Coffeetablet, an application that turns the iPad into a virtual coffee table book. For this project, FMi partnered with iDeaWORKS to create an Android tablet port of the Coffeetablet, resulting in an Android application that includes many of the features of the iPad version. Users can select and arrange photos and videos, then customize these elements with titles and themes. Books are automatically saved and accessible from the main screen, and creations can be viewed on a tablet, then shared via DropBox over the web. With this Android application, FMi will gain entry into the Android market while becoming more diverse in the platforms for which they develop.
For more information, visit: http://fluidmedia.com/
Hydromantis Environmental Software Solutions, Inc. (Hamilton)
Founded in 1985, Hydromantis Environmental Software Solutions is the leading global provider of water and wastewater simulation software and consulting services. Hydromantis plans to develop a comprehensive analytical software framework for estimating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from water and wastewater treatment facilities. Once the framework has been developed, the company will integrate it with its widely used process-efficiency analysis software (GPS-X™, CapdetWorks™). The integrated product will help decision-makers estimate the effect of different processes and operational strategies on GHG emissions. Through iDeaWORKS, Mohawk students are facilitating this innovation by researching current methods and models for calculating the carbon footprint of wastewater treatment processes and integrating the selected models into the framework. Ultimately this integrated work will be released as part of the next major revision of the GPS-X™ product.
For more information, visit: http://www.hydromantis.com/
Innovention Concepts Inc. /Kanu Inc. (Hamilton)
Kanu Inc. is an emerging marketing company that offers clients promotional, loyalty and licensing services. The goal of this collaboration is to develop software for an online version of Outsmart, a trivia game developed by Innovention Concepts, where each question has more than one correct answer. The online version of the game will be launched on Facebook and Twitter – platforms that will help increase game's market reach and revenues. The board game version of Outsmart will be available this Fall and is being distributed in Canada by Kroeger. For more information, please visit: http://www.kanuinc.com/
PlayLab is an educational enrichment program for children with fun, play, and teamwork at its core. Workshops are designed by educators to develop 21st century skills such as creativity, problem-solving, innovative thinking, communication and leadership. Through the application of core learning (concepts from science, arts, social studies, math and literacy) children piece together information from a variety of disciplines and work with their peers to solve real world problems, gaining confidence and developing skills necessary for success in our ever-changing world. The collaboration between Mohawk's iDeaWORKS and PlayLab will aim to increase PlayLab's web presence by making program content more accessible to parents. By expanding its online offerings, PlayLab anticipates reaching more clients, increasing their involvement with PlayLab's programs and ultimately growing their business. For more information, visit: http://www.playlab.ca
Weever Apps (Hamilton)