Canada forges technology links with Sheffield

The Canadian High Commission has offered Sheffield businesses the opportunity to access a technology matchmaking service in Canada.

The commission and a team of advisors from IRAP, Canada’s premier innovation assistance programme for SMEs, visited Sheffield Technology Parks recently to organise a series of technology transfers. Ten creative and digital businesses met the Canadian delegation to discuss their needs and offers for potential collaborations. IRAP will now try to identify relevant partners in Canada.

Peter Wood, chief executive of Sheffield Technology Parks, said: ‘This event will help to establish creative partnerships with technology companies in Canada. It will help boost developments in technology and save time and resources needed for our clients to build these relationships on their own.’

‘The creative and digital sector in Canada is well established and is leading the way in many fields such as animation, special effects and computer game programming. It is not only a great opportunity for Sheffield businesses to get involved in the development of Canadian technology, but also a chance for our businesses to show what expertise they can provide as well.’

IRAP has a national network of 260 Industrial Technology Advisors located in 90 communities across Canada who provide technology expertise, advice and financial assistance for R&D activities. The IRAP network consists of 38,000 organisations and 25,000 R&D projects.

The Canada connection builds on the international links established by Sheffield Technology Parks over the past 18 months with business incubation centres in Europe and the USA.