Small business enterprise

Mitacs powers small business innovators

Whatever you need, we have the tools and expertise to get you there.

Advancing innovation

We are proud to work with small- and mid-sized companies to advance innovation in Canada. For a small company, doing research isn’t simple especially in the light of the new economic reality. Projects and lab equipment are costly and it’s difficult to find and attract specialized talent. We understand what small businesses need to innovate.

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88% of business Mitacs supports are small and mid-sized companies.

Who we are

You’re proud of everything you’ve accomplished — but you want to innovate and grow even more. Developing your company’s innovation roadmap requires a clear path, the right expertise, access to an unparalleled research network, and budget.

No matter the size of your company, our 100+ advisors can connect you to top-tier colleges and universities, and the brightest researchers, to help solve your innovation challenges — and you can fund as little as 45% of the cost of the project.

Working with Mitacs means

  • You leverage your budget: your contribution can be as low as 45% of the project cost meaning your money goes further
  • Your funding starts at $15K and can run to the millions
  • You have access to our extensive research networks and partners
  • We’ll find you the right talent
  • You reduce the risk of your investment
  • Projects are scalable and can be multi-disciplinary
Your Key Benefits

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Tap into a national research network

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Leverage your R+D or Innovation budget

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Reduce the risk of accessing and hiring research expertise

Innovation insights

Mitacs has fostered thousands of successful collaborations between organizations and researchers.

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