Innovation Centre joins national networkWednesday, October 31, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
SAULT STE. MARIE
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre joins Canadian Digital Media Network to contribute to digital media innovation
SAULT STE. MARIE - The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) today announced that it has joined the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), a cross-Canada network of digital media innovation nodes collaborating to advance digital innovation nationally.
Through membership in this unique national network, SSMIC will gain domestic and international market exposure for the organization and its client companies.
SSMIC will also benefit from having access to unique services that enable the facility and its clients to leverage proven regional programming and best practices of network members.
Joining Canada’s largest members-only online collaboration of commercialization resources immediately expands the SSMIC’s client support capability, while enabling national access to SSMIC’s regional resources.
“The CDMN was initiated in 2009 and has grown over the past three years to become a collaboration network connecting innovation hubs across the country,” said Kevin Tuer, CDMN managing director. “We’re delighted to bring on board another organization dedicated to furthering Canada’s competitiveness in the global digital economy, and to advancing commercialization of digital media innovations.”
Membership with the CDMN aligns with SSMIC’s mandate to grow business in the science and technology sectors.
CDMN’s focus on developing successful digital media companies in Canada by connecting innovators nationally encourages domestic and international collaboration for SSMIC.
The organization is now a part of twelve CDMN nodes across Canada.
”We look forward to joining the CDMN to improve the service offering to our clients and take part in this growing, national network,” said Tom Vair, executive director, SSMIC. “We see the CDMN programs having direct benefit to companies in our region and believe strongly in advancing the digital media sector to build prosperity.”
Effective October 30, SSMIC will be a channel for driving participation in national initiatives that support the commercialization of innovation.
Applications are currently open for the CDMN Soft-Landing Program, an initiative for mature startups and small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who can benefit from a getting a toe-hold outside Canada to expand their businesses.
Until November 16, companies can apply for up to $4,000 (CDN) worth of funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses associated with an up to three month stay at a business accelerator in an economy of interest.
To learn more, visit here.
Another major initiative is CDMN Canada 3.0, Canada’s only national digital media forum, which is in its fifth year and will be staged in Toronto in May 14 and 15, 2013.
Registration opens in November 2012.
Further details will be posted here.