Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative – New Grant Funds available for for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Beginning October 31, 2017 Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will be launching the call for proposals for the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. The objective of WINN is to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in commercializing new technology-based products, processes and services. WINN is open to western Canadian SMEs with less than 500 employees, who have been in operation for at least one year.

Investments must support one of these clusters:

  • clean technology,
  • clean resources,
  • digital technologies,
  • advanced manufacturing,
  • value added agriculture, and
  • health/bio sciences.

WINN is a five-year federal funding initiative that provides repayable contributions to SME’s located in Western Canada. WINN complements WD’s existing programs and supports an environment where local businesses can thrive and innovate. WD will be accepting online applications from October 31, 2017 to November 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. MST.

WD will deliver WINN information sessions in cities across Western Canada. Each session will include a presentation on the WINN initiative, followed by a question and answer period.

To register for the nearest information session or to apply for the grant, please visit the website: http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/14857.asp