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Tech for health. Tech for good™.
Real problems create real opportunities.
The COVID-19 pandemic quickly raised the urgency to maximize the capability of our medical infrastructure. Code Now brings to light ways Waterloo Region tech innovators can help the local medical community, both long- and short-term.
Companies pivoting to protect health
Are you a tech-driven company, like these, that are able to solve our hospitals’ most pressing needs? – Contact us!
Education technology company pivoted to produce face shields.
Manufacturer who repurposed factory to make configurable temporary walls for hospitals.
Appliance manufacturer partners with retools production lines to produce ventilators.
Be a tourist in your own backyard
Once the initial shock of the COVID-19 closures wore off, my Instagram feed started filling up with posts from my friends’ pre-COVID travel adventures. Kelowna to Calcutta. Costa Rica to Tokyo. It was… (click here to read more)
2020-08-06 11:30 am - COVID19
Rapid Novor completes US$5-million Series A raise
The quest to find a vaccine for COVID-19 will depend on companies providing an assist behind the scenes, companies like Waterloo Region’s Rapid Novor. Rapid Novor doesn’t make vaccines. What it does is… (click here to read more)
2020-07-28 5:41 pm - COVID19
Premier, two ministers visit Waterloo Region for multiple tech announcements
Waterloo Region – and the region’s tech sector – was basking in the spotlight Friday after a visit from Ontario’s Premier and two of his ministers, all on hand for the unveiling of several significant… (click here to read more)
2020-07-17 1:43 pm - COVID19
Collaborative platforms for health + tech
The Ontario government is launching a new $50 million Ontario Together Fund to help businesses provide innovative solutions or retool their operations in order to manufacture essential medical supplies and equipment, including gowns, coveralls, masks, face shields, testing equipment and ventilators. This new Fund will support the development of proposals submitted by businesses and individuals through the Ontario Together web portal.
NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects.
The Government is seeking to procure additional goods from suppliers if you are a supplier which can provide items from the list, or other items not listed, please complete the submission form for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) products and services.
The NGen Manufacturing Program supports collaborative technology development and application projects that help Canadian manufacturing companies compete globally. The program taps into Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI) funding to support groups of businesses that develop high potential technologies, create groundbreaking process transformation, and de-risk the adoption of technology.
How to help healthcare
How you can help the Canadian health care system amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (GOV)
- Ontario Together: help fight Coronavirus (GOV)
- Expression of Interest for Challenge Program collaboration (GOV)
- How The Canadian Tech Community Can Respond to COVID-19 (Upside Foundation)
- Donate to Waterloo Region Hospitals to help them stay ready (WR)
- Innovative Solutions Canada (GOV)
- OCE Ontario’s COVID-19 Collaboration Platform
For more on how you and your business can help support the Canadian health care system amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Communitech COVID-19 resources
COVID-19 Info Centre
Resources, tips and links to help you adapt to the new normal and assist with business continuity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Helping companies survive COVID-19, then thrive.
Helping workers through the COVID-19 pandemic.