Academics, Researchers & Students

OCE works directly with researchers in Ontario’s colleges, universities and research hospitals to identify innovations with commercial potential and pairs those researchers and ideas with partners in industry who can provide resources to drive commercialization and, ultimately, income-generating sales.

Popular OCE Programs for Academics, Researchers & Students

Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) 

Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) helps companies develop innovative products, processes and services with a focus on expanding export markets. Learn More >

Collaborate to Commercialize (C2C)

Collaborate to Commercialize is designed for projects with special technical research challenges, demonstrated market pull and high potential for commercialization. Learn More >

Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP)

Medical Sciences Proof-of-Principle (MSc PoP) program helps commercialize promising life sciences and medical technology IP developed at Ontario academic research institutions Learn More >

Market Readiness

Market Readiness aids in moving promising technologies from an academic lab setting to a new spin-off company or licensing opportunity. Learn More >

Voucher for Commercialization

Voucher for Commercialization helps companies commercialize intellectual property developed at Ontario’s research institutions via start-up or licensing opportunities. Learn More >

Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge (VIA)

Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge (VIA) connects industry associations or groups of companies with Ontario’s publicly funded academic research institutions to address sector-wide research and development challenges. 

  • Ontario Aerospace R&TD Challenge supports collaborative research and technology development (R & TD) projects by Ontario industry companies and academic research partners
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Voucher for E-Business

Voucher for E-Business connects main street companies with contacts at Ontario colleges to help them take advantage of online tools to drive market expansion, including exports. Learn More >

College Ontario Network for Industry Innovation

The Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII) strengthens the public college/industry link and collaboration and improves college links to local economy. Learn More >


SmartStart supports new ventures led by postgraduate students or recent graduates from Science, Technology, Engineering or Math programs through funding, entrepreneurship training and development. Learn More >

Entrepreneurship Fellowships

Entrepreneurship Fellowships support the development of an Ontario student or graduating student (within the last three years) to create an innovative start-up with an economic impact in Ontario. 

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Connections links students in engineering, science and technology programs to technology-based companies to work on real-world projects. Learn More >

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