Federal Innovation Assistance Program now accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Innovation Assistance Program (IAP), providing financial assistance for small and medium-sized companies. The $250 million initiative was announced by the Government of Canada last week to provide support for technology-driven companies without a revenue history that would qualify them for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). IAP, administered by…

Northern Commerce Commits up to $150,000 to Local Nonprofits in Time of Need

Northern Commerce is seeking applications from local nonprofit organizations and charities to be the next Northern Cares Charitable Partner—an opportunity for deserving organizations to receive up to $150,000 of in-kind digital agency services. “Times like these have highlighted the importance of nonprofits and charities to have an online presence—since people are unable to attend events…

New Federal Support Announced for Tech Startups

Addressing the call for action to support early-stage and high-growth startups, the federal government announced $250M in emergency funding through the National Research Council (NRC). The NRC IRAP Innovation Assistance Program aims to close a significant gap for businesses that were ineligible for existing relief programs, helping startups in the technology and innovation sectors sustain through the COVID-19…

London tech founder launches online platform to connect volunteers to those in need

London tech entrepreneur, Ryan Kelly, has developed an online platform amid the COVID-19 crisis to connect vulnerable individuals to local volunteers who can deliver supplies to their homes. Kelly is the founder of Ascend Applications and a GROW Accelerator alumnus whose software development startup has leveraged impressive AI-powered solutions to make the web more accessible…

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ODEA brings business education home

From closing campus doors to opening up online forums, academia has been running at top speed to shift to a new normal in the midst of a pandemic. With physical distancing practices in full effect, the classroom has gone virtual. This is familiar territory for Sarnia-based startup, Online & Digital Education Academy (ODEA), who has…

London, ON Tech Companies Partner to Help Local SMBs Take Offline Sales Online

After Londoners add more than 180 of their favourite small businesses to supportlondonbusinesses.com in just a few days, local tech companies partner to provide brick & mortar stores with help transitioning offline sales online. Last week, rTraction launched supportlondonbusinesses.com with help from Benjamin Glauss, a local IT Consultant and Project manager. Supportlondonbusinesses.com is a website…