Virtual Reality Opportunities for Technology Developers

Virtual Reality Opportunities for Technology Developers

Virtual reality (VR) systems are receiving a flood of attention from software and technology developers. As one of the most exciting emerging sectors in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, VR is benefitting from considerable investment with the expectation that it will become a multi-billion-dollar space within the next decade. While applications are still…

How to Use Business Process Mapping for Operational Success

How to Use Business Process Mapping for Operational Success

Business process mapping is a lean management strategy that seeks to understand and eliminate sources of waste. Companies often rely on many processes to provide value to customers; by mapping how these processes work, firms can identify which activities add value and which activities cause friction in the process, making it less efficient. While most…

Virtual Reality Technology Development Timeline

Virtual Reality Technology Development Timeline

Virtual reality has evolved from science fiction to one of the most entertaining and educational platforms available. But the ascension of virtual realities hasn’t been as quick as many believe; there have been decades of labour-intensive research and development projects behind contemporary VR systems. While the pursuit of computer-generated, immersive worlds has been significantly accelerated…

Innovation Factory: Tech Startup Resources in Hamilton, Ontario

Innovation Factory: Tech Startup Resources in Hamilton, Ontario

Innovation Factory (iF) is a Hamilton, Ontario-based Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) that provides startup resources, programming, and mentorship to early-stage companies. Since 2011, it’s helped innovators commercialize their ideas and reach the next level of success while also supporting a more collaborative business community. As a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), Innovation…

What is Virtual Reality and How Can Canadian Firms Develop It?

What is Virtual Reality and How Can Canadian Firms Develop It?

Virtual reality (VR) is an interactive experience that enables users to interact within a simulated, computer-generated environment. Although it has long been considered a work of science fiction, virtual reality is now more realistic and has practical, valuable uses. Most modern virtual reality systems incorporate the use of head-mounted displays (HMDs) that render high-quality audio…

Ag Action Manitoba Capital Assets and Equipment Deadline: May 15, 2019

Ag Action Manitoba Capital Assets and Equipment Deadline: May 15, 2019

Ag Action Manitoba is a suite of government funding programs designed to support agricultural producers, processors, industry associations, and industry service providers. It offers multiple streams of Manitoba agriculture grants, including one specifically for Capital Assets and Equipment projects. This stream is ideal for agricultural processors and industry service providers such as food distributors and…

Trade Show Marketing Strategy: What to Do Before, During, and After

Trade Show Marketing Strategy: What to Do Before, During, and After

Developing international markets is not an easy process. While there are many ways to identify and enter markets, all pathways require significant time and financial resources to get market traction. Participating in trade shows is a common choice for businesses exploring new export destinations since it has a relatively low price point and companies can…

Ontario Regional Innovation Centres (RIC) Tech Startup Resources

Ontario Regional Innovation Centres (RIC) Tech Startup Resources

DISCLAIMER on July 12, 2021: The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) is no longer in operation and as their website now directs to the general Ontario government’s Business and Economy page. Establishing your tech business in Ontario can be challenging, but there are many startup resources to support entrepreneurship, including the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)….

Government Funding for Hiring Manufacturing Apprentices and Interns

Government Funding for Hiring Manufacturing Apprentices and Interns

Hiring youth workers for manufacturing positions can be costly. With significant training and onboarding expenses that exceed the investment required with experienced labourers, the costs of recruiting youth workers can often outweigh its benefits. Still, employing apprentices and interns is an excellent strategy to overcome talent gaps. Manufacturers need to know how to incorporate a…

Canadian Agriculture Research Centres: Funding and Innovation Resources

Canadian Agriculture Research Centres: Funding and Innovation Resources

The Government of Canada is invested in agriculture and agri-food innovation, and for good reason. With thousands of businesses engaged in the production of food from coast to coast, staying ahead of challenges and providing new competitive advantages positively impacts the success and well-being of farmers, food manufacturers, and all Canadians. One of the main…