The ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program (5G SDP) supports collaborative 5G technology development projects with government funding to further develop, integrate, test, or validate pre-commercial 5G technologies.

The program partners Ontario-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms on 5G technology development projects. Areas of technology interest are defined in Challenge Statements submitted to OCE by the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms and posted to the OCE website on a rolling basis.

  • Amount: Awarded funding is based on the Challenge Statement and ranges from $50k-$500k.
  • Timeline: Differs depending on the Challenge Statement. Projects must be between 12-24 months in duration and are typically available for four weeks.
  • Eligibility: For-profit SME with Ontario operations with fewer than 500 employees, has a validated, pre-commercial technology (product or service) that requires development, integration, testing, or validation, has an arms-length relationship with, be willing to execute a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with, and be willing to undergo the procurement process with the Anchor Firm project partner. Additional eligibility criteria may be enforced based on some Challenge Statements.
  • Projects: Be developed in response to a posted Challenge Statement, have a technology readiness level (TRL) of 1-7, use the ENCQOR 5G Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaaS) testbed.

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ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program Overview Blog: This is an overview of the ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program, including information regarding the program’s focus, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

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Page updated: September 5, 2019.