FAQ 5: Need Product R & D, Innovation and Commercialization Assistance?
Successful businesses are constantly improving existing products and developing new products. In so doing, they must undertake research and development and innovate with new materials and production methods. They must turn prototypes into viable commercial products where quality and costs are controlled through improvements not only to production, but also to supply chain and distribution networks. If you and your business could benefit from product R&D, innovation and commercialization assistance, SCOR can help.
Who Can Help?
SCOR Business Development Officer
The first step you should take is to contact our SCOR Business Development Officer. SCOR will be able to help get you started and point you in the right direction. All of our resources are available to you. Just contact us at: SCOR Economic Development Office.
Local Economic Development Offices
Economic Development Offices within the SCOR Region can also be of assistance. They can also direct you to R&D, Innovation and Commercialization support sources including Ontario Government and Government of Canada program and service information which can assist you.
Please contact your local Economic Development Office and they would be pleased to assist you:
Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (OFVGA):
The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) was established in 1859, which makes it one of Ontario and Canada’s oldest agriculture organizations.
As the voice of Ontario’s fruit, vegetable and greenhouse farmers, the OFVGA is a nationally recognized not-for-profit association that advocates on behalf of Ontario fruit and vegetable farmers and the edible horticulture industry, and represents its members provincially, nationally, and internationally.
The sector is comprised of over 3,500 family farms, which support over 30,000 farm-based, non-family jobs in Ontario. Over 125 different fruit and vegetable crops are grown in Ontario with an estimated annual farm gate value of $2.3 billion (2017).
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) in SCOR
The Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s mission is to work collaboratively for a sustainable, profitable future for farmers. They help their members with information about programs and funding within the agriculture sector and offer their members opportunities for networking and industry seminars. The OFA has chapters in 52 counties across Ontario. SCOR Region contact information for the OFA is as follows:
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium in SCOR
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is a unique not-for-profit organization of manufacturers, dedicated to facilitating member development towards greater global competitiveness, as a strong community infrastructure of business.
The EMC has hosted events in the SCOR Region. Please click below for EMC events and activities:
Innovation Centrefor Entrepreneurs (ICE)
The Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) is a mixed-use business incubator located in Elgin County. ICE provides small and growing businesses, including home-based businesses, with all the resources and support they need to grow and prosper. Plus, professional locations to truly give every small business an identity of its own!A”> For more information please go to: Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs.
TechAlliance in SCOR
TechAlliance is a non-profit organization providing services to technology companies in SCOR. TechAlliance can advise you on product development and can provide you with access to specific expertise to meet your needs. For more information that might be of asssitance to you, please go to: TechAlliance.
Government Programs to Support R&D, Innovation and Commercialization
For information on R&D, innovation and commercialization requirements go to Government Programs.