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Innovation Canada: A Call to Action - Review of Federal Support to Research and Develop... - 1 views

  • Canada has a solid foundation on which to build success as a leader in the knowledge economy of tomorrow
  • innovation in Canada lags behind other highly developed countries
  • innovation is the ultimate source of the long-term competitiveness of businesses and the quality of life of Canadians
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  • We heard that the government should be more focussed on helping innovative firms to grow and, particularly, on serving the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • greater cooperation with provincial programs
  • innovation support is too narrowly focussed on R&D – more support is needed for other activities along the continuum from ideas to commercially useful innovation
  • more productive and internationally competitive economy
  • whole-of-government program delivery vehicle – the Industrial Research and Innovation Council (IRIC)
  • SR&ED program should be simplified
  • includes non-labour costs, such as materials and capital equipment, the calculation of which can be highly complex
  • the base for the tax credit should be labour-related costs, and the tax credit rate should be adjusted upward
  • fund direct support measures for SMEs
  • promoting the growth of firms
  • facilitating access by such firms to an increased supply of risk capital at both the start-up and later stages of their growth.
  • building public–private research collaborations
  • National Research Council (NRC) should become independent collaborative research organizations
  • become affiliates of universities
  • create opportunity and demand for leading-edge goods
  • encouragement of innovation in the Canadian economy should become a stated objective of procurement policies and programs.
  • the government needs to establish business innovation as a whole-of-government priority
  • put innovation at the centre of the government's economic strategy
  • Innovation Advisory Committee (IAC) – a body with a whole-of-government focus that would oversee the realization of our proposed action plan, as well as serve as a permanent mechanism to promote the refinement and improvement of the government's business innovation programs going forward.

  • focus resources where market forces are unlikely to operate effectively or efficiently and, in that context, address the full range of business innovation activities, including research, development, commercialization and collaboration with other key actors in the innovation ecosystem
  • the closer the activity being supported is to market, and therefore the more likely it is that the recipient firm will capture most of the benefit for itself.
  • specific sectors
  • of strategic importance
  • concentrated in particular regions
  • succeed in the arena of global competition
    • Tiberius Brastaviceanu
      They don't go beyond the firm
    • Tiberius Brastaviceanu
      they are still stuck in the competitive paradigm
    • Tiberius Brastaviceanu
      Still stack with the old paradigm of the "knowledge economy" 
      My opinion is that we're moving into a know-how economy. 
Tiberius Brastaviceanu

Home - Review of Federal Support to Research and Development - 1 views

  • 5 billion worth of R&D funding provided by the federal government every year
  • helping our innovative SMEs grow into larger, world-competitive companies in Canada
  • government support for business R&D in Canada is among the most generous in the world, yet we're near the bottom of the pack when it comes to seeing business R&D investment
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  • What we found was a funding system that is unnecessarily complicated and confusing to navigate
  • significant gaps that hinder the ability of our businesses to grow
  • The encouragement of home-grown innovation a part of government procurement is commonsense
  • the NRC can play a unique role, linking its large-scale, long-term research activity with the academic and business communities
  • challenges in getting start-up funding and late stage risk capital financing
  • the gap is filled by foreign investors, which means that too many commercial benefits and intellectual property end up leaving the country
  • government-wide clarity when it comes to innovation
Tiberius Brastaviceanu - 2014-01-29-project-spotlight-beedome - 0 views

    "The BeeDome is a computerized system based on the Sitara-processor-powered BeagleBone Black computer as well as a specially designed "cape" plug-in board. BeagleBone Black is connected to the Internet, and stats are uploaded periodically to a website so that the company can closely monitor the nucs. The BeeDome also integrates GE Telaire T6613/T6615 and MG811 sensors to monitor the CO2 level; DS18B20 sensors to monitor temperature; DH22 sensors to monitor humidity and temperature; and Sharp COM-10636 SSR devices to control 120V devices.

    "Bee" sure to check out ForestDew Apiaries' website for more information on this "unbeelievable" project!"
Francois Bergeron

modular self-assembling cube robots - MIT News Office - 0 views

    "self-assembling robots"
Yasir Siddiqui

TIMReview_January2014.pdf - 0 views

    An interesting article on different busines models based on open-source
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