In the second round of its Kickstart / Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program (CICP), the Government of Canada has pre-qualified 36 Canadian innovations for possible government contracts – including two innovations from OCE-supported companies. The goal of the CICP is to promote Canada's economic growth and support the country’s entrepreneurs.
Waterloo’s Aeryon Labs and Toronto’s Morgan Solar have both made the Kickstart shortlist and now wait to see if Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) can match their products to an appropriate test department. Once matched, they will negotiate contracts to have their innovations tested, leading to valuable marketplace feedback and a potential final sale.
PWGSC will be seeking matches within the area of Safety and Security for Aeryon Labs’ Aeryon Scout Unmanned Aerial System (a remotely operated vehicle for surveillance, reconnaissance and inspection) and in the Environmental area for Morgan Solar’s Sun Simba (a high efficiency solar panel, integrated with a simple tracker system). Both Aeryon Labs and Morgan Solar are OCE award winners, with Aeryon taking home the 2011 Mind to Market Award and Morgan Solar accepting the 2010 Canadian Innovation Energy Award. Read the CICP press release.