July 12, 2017— Gatineau— Today, Public Services and Procurement Canada is launching a new component of the existing Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP) called the BCIP Challenges Initiative. Through this new demand-based initiative federal departments and agencies identify real life needs and challenges that innovators are invited to solve with their products and technologies.
The BCIP Challenges Initiative provides a new way for Canadian businesses to sell their pre-commercial innovations to the Government of Canada. With this latest initiative, the BCIP continues to support the commercialization of Canadian innovations and further increases the use of late-stage innovative technologies that can help address the federal government’s challenges.
The first phase of the pilot consists of challenges issued by departments and focuses on finding innovative ways to protect Canadian soldiers, civilians and infrastructure. Details of these innovation challenges are available on BCIP’s web pages.
Through the BCIP the Government of Canada is investing in Canadian innovators to help them prosper at home and abroad. Since it began in 2010, the program has awarded more than 240 contracts totalling over $100 million to help Canadian innovators bring their products to market.
For more information on this new initiative visit BCIP’s web pages.
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