Not all innovations are born equal. Some are modest upgrades to existing ideas and technology, while others disrupt entire industries and alter the course of history.
The trending AI marvel seemed to emerge overnight, reaching 100 million users just two months after launch. But like most innovative technologies, it took years of collaborative research to turn the stuff of science fiction into mind-melting reality and potentially revolutionize the way we interact with machines.
According to a report, companies that form collaborative alliances and integrate creativity, analytics, and purpose experience twice the growth of their competitors, even in the most turbulent times — regardless of industry, sector, or geographical region. Yet only 7% of businesses and enterprises put this in practice.
In celebration of Canadian Innovation Week, Mitacs is spotlighting four breakthrough innovations resulting from powerful collaboration between industry and academia. These interdisciplinary teams are combining lived experience with data and intentionality to set a benchmark in meaningful innovation.
Let’s dive into their incredible stories and learn from their success!
Art and culture are a catalyst for social change. But how do you measure their impact using traditional methods? A team of researchers from Emily Carr University is addressing this challenge by looking at how programming centred around Indigenous cultural knowledge generates access, community, and connection.
Canada sits on the edge of a quantum revolution — thanks to an ambitious national strategy and a wealth of research talent. As we inch closer to a quantum-powered future, Mitacs is deploying top academic experts into the quantum industry, creating an ecosystem where quantum innovation can thrive.
These efforts have already yielded significant breakthroughs for companies like Ki3 Photonics Technologies and SBQuantum, who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
Over 6 million Canadians live with some form of disability. Yet most companies lack the hiring and retention strategies needed to unleash their true potential. A Saskatchewan-based researcher is changing the status quo by developing social entrepreneurship training programs for persons with disabilities — and setting a benchmark in inclusive innovation across Canada and the world.
Canada has ranked 2nd on the 2023 Global Cleantech Innovation Index — thanks in part to the country’s clean energy sector which is expected to grow by 16% annually and reach $46 billion by 2025. To meet these targets, Mitacs is helping cleantech companies experiment, commercialize, and succeed, by turning to Canada’s greatest resource: a diverse talent pool.
These projects are evidence that innovation is rarely the result of a single individual or organization, but rather a collaborative effort that draws on the strengths of multiple people with unique perspectives — from academic researchers, engineers, and social scientists to industry experts, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.
As the innovation ecosystem grows and evolves, so does our potential to discover new ideas and knowledge — and our capacity to develop better solutions.
If you’re looking for out-of-the-box thinkers for your innovation needs, grow your network and collaborate with exceptional research talent that can help you turn lofty ideas into achievable goals.