Small and mid-size businesses are the target beneficiaries of a recent contribution made to Georgian College through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
The college is using the $100,000 in support from NRC-IRAP to provide a variety of services, including training, seminars and workshops. This contribution has allowed the college to advance its plans for supporting businesses by two years beyond what was previously scheduled. The funds will be shared between the college’s Centre for Applied Research and Innovation (CARI) and the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.
“Georgian will leverage its academic capabilities with business leaders and resources from surrounding communities to offer business advisory and mentoring services,” said Chris Berni, CARI manager. “This will help to develop new business ideas and technologies to support local and regional small and mid-size enterprises.”
Businesses may apply for support, which may include use of a facility, business planning and determining market feasibility. Georgian will host a series of seminars and invite government and associations such as Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters to present. Training sessions at the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre will deliver topic specific information in the areas of technology, marketing, research and business management.
Resources will also be available to provide technical, marketing and business advice. A wide range of equipment may also be accessed, such as the college’s robotics lab, rapid prototyper, mechanical testing equipment and computer labs.
“Students who are proficient in various technologies or systems will be available to conduct preliminary projects with small and mid-size enterprises to demonstrate and introduce them to these technologies,” Berni explains. “An example would be a student from the Automotive Product Design program demonstrating the use of particular computer-automated design (CAD) software and its potential to develop rapid prototypes.”