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Vancouver, BC— At the BC Tech Summit, the Government of British Columbia announced a $15 million investment over three years to support a total of 2,880 research internships for university students through Mitacs programs.
Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization, connects companies and not-for-profit organizations with local experts in the academic community to address their research and development challenges. These partnerships promote innovation in British Columbia across all sectors of the economy. Specifically, Mitacs programs support research and development, job creation, entrepreneurship, commercialization, and the retention of skilled workers, as revealed in a longitudinal survey.
The three-year funding agreement will bring hundreds of research and training opportunities to undergraduates, grad students, and postdocs. The funding will be matched by industry funds and federal sources.
Since 2004, the Government of British Columbia has supported more than 3,255 research internships, trained more than 7,940 student and postdocs with career skills, and supported more than 585 international research collaborations through Mitacs.
Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs
“Today’s Tech Strategy announcement supports innovation and productivity, which are keys to a vibrant economy in British Columbia. This is an investment in BC’s competitiveness and long-term economic growth, and Mitacs is proud to collaborate with the provincial government by promoting research, business innovation, and talent development.”
Daniel Abram, CTO, Shield-X Technology
“Without Mitacs’ support, I don’t believe that we could have gotten to the stage that we are, with our products almost ready to hit the market and revolutionize the concept of helmet protection.”
Mitacs Accelerate outcomes from British Columbia participants: