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Posted: September 19, 2019

COTR providing new round of business research assistance

Small or medium businesses looking to grow eligible to apply

For-profit enterprises in the East Kootenay region with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible for up to $5,000 in research assistance from College of the Rockies. This support is intended to assist a tech-related research project aimed at helping the business to grow.

“Research projects could include, but are not limited to, advancing manufacturing or expanding prototypes, improving culinary technology or expanding available products, or business planning support for technology companies,” said Gaby Zezulka, Chair, Academic Innovation and Applied Research.

Funds are provided by the National Research Council of Canada’s Industry Research Assistance Program (IRAP), and administered through the college’s Academic Innovation and Applied Research department. All research projects must be completed by March 31, 2020.

This is the second consecutive year the college will be assisting local businesses to complete research, with three successful projects taking place last year. These included a market assessment for an off-grid power solutions company, investigating the possibility of using alternative currency for an innovative housing community, and exploring the potential of a digital tool to help land managers assess and quantify risks associated with climate change and hydrology.

“The Institutional Research Assistance Program, in partnership with College of the Rockies, made it possible to take our sustainable housing initiative to the next level,” said HomeFree Living founder and CEO David Bonk. “We came away with new insights and possibilities for our business as a result of the quality and depth of the research. Thank you to the team at the college for being the first to believe in us.”

The $5,000 available for each project covers research assistance in the form of faculty expertise and access to specialized facilities and equipment at the college.

East Kootenay businesses may contact Lynnette Kuervers at 250-489-2751 ext. 3496 or [email protected] for more information or to express interest in participating.

Above image: David Bonk, CEO, HomeFree Living was able to take his sustainable housing initiative to the next level thanks to research conducted by college faculty researcher Becky Pelkonen (centre), and overseen by Gaby Zezulka, Chair, Academic Innovation and Applied Research. COTR photo

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