BCBusiness: Nonprofit offers funding and other support for SMEs pursuing COVID-19 solutions

These are tough times for small and medium-sized businesses in B.C. and across the country. But if you’re an SME with an idea that could contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a new program can help you spring into action. 

Mitacs, a government-funded national nonprofit that aims to foster growth and innovation in Canada by using research solutions from academic institutions to solve business challenges, has launched an effort to aid SMEs in speeding up coronavirus-related projects. Within days, companies will be able to secure government funding; access resources for research, development and equipment; and hire post-secondary interns.

“Our team is committed to supporting the development of innovative solutions for Canada and the world,” said John Hepburn, CEO and scientific director of Mitacs, in a statement. “In response to federal and provincial government announcements of funding for coronavirus research, our 80 business development experts nationwide are poised to guide SMEs through the process and give them access to the talent and tools needed to succeed.”

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