Innovation support for the Coast

Here is an excellent summary of the partnership between the Sunshine Coast and Innovation Island, funded for the first year by the District of Sechelt (yeah!).

From Graham Truax … “Our complimentary Business Advisory service works in conjunction with the NRC-IRAP concierge service (a very powerful and wide ranging portal).  While IITA does have a primary focus on technology and innovation we can provide assistance to a range of businesses that fit our basic application form.  I have worked with over 100 individuals/companies under this program over the past two years; from innovative non-profit social ventures to $50M+ hi-tech firms.

The Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) is primarily designed for early-stage technology Startups.  The program has a $200/mth. cost and a fairly demanding intake/interview process; however, the core curriculum is available free of charge, see http://innovationisland.thinkific.com/.

In addition to the above IITA offers a variety of regional workshops and events; with industry speakers and partners.   Our community partnering agreements allow us to deliver workshops such as the RETHINK series  (started Nov 2015)   These workshops develop based knowledge, relationships and introductions that can be further supported by our primary programs; and/or allow us to redirect participants to other Government or industry resources.  As mentioned, IITA is a non-profit industry association; we do not fund companies nor take equity or other formalized positions with our clients.”