Up to 100 Ontario companies, working through Georgian and eight other colleges, will receive vouchers valued at $2,500 to build or enhance their online business presence under a new program launched and administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Through the new Voucher for E-Business (VEB), announced earlier this year as part of Ontario’s Collaboration Voucher Program, companies will be selected by Georgian and other colleges to take advantage of online tools – including e-commerce, website improvements and mobile apps – to drive business growth.
At Georgian, the program is being offered through the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI). CARI provides customized research assistance to small and medium-sized businesses, using the skills and knowledge of faculty and students.
The VEB program allows local businesses to obtain a customized assessment of their e-business needs, such as how to improve or replace an existing commercial website, leverage social media or implement online sales. VEB provides funding that will help keep businesses competitive, while allowing Georgian College computer studies students to gain experiential learning during his or her co-operative education term.
“It is truly a win-win situation,” said Chris Berni, CARI manager. “Our students gain valuable experience in solving real-world problems and our clients obtain cutting-edge advice.”
The VEB is one of four voucher types announced in June. The others are: Voucher for Innovation and Productivity, Voucher for Commercialization, and Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge. The Collaboration Voucher program was one of the key recommendations of the Government of Ontario’s Jobs and Prosperity Council.
More information on the Collaboration Voucher program is available at www.oce-ontario.org/vouchers For information about how to apply through Georgian College, contact Chris Berni, CARI manager, at email@example.com