Press Release: Springboard Ready To Help Drive Atlantic Growth Strategy Forward
August 01st, 2016
(Halifax) – Springboard Atlantic, a network of 19 Atlantic universities and colleges committed to transferring knowledge and technology to the region’s private sector, is applauding the recent announcement by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces on the creation of the Atlantic Growth Strategy.
“This two-year strategy will help to better position this region to be able to compete at the national and international levels”, says Springboard CEO Chris Mathis. “Based on the proposed action plan we also believe that Springboard Atlantic, which is supported by the federal government through the Atlantic Innovation Fund, is best positioned to help both levels of government drive the agenda forward.”
Springboard’s network members work to connect publicly-funded research and expertise to businesses through a range of programs and services. This creates new collaborations, partnerships, ventures and competitive products and services. A key component of Springboard is the ongoing support of commercializing research in Atlantic Canada.
“The Atlantic Growth Strategy Action Plan is directly in line with Springboard Atlantic’s mandate and the strategic goals of our organization,” adds Mathis. “Whether it’s the immigration pilot, the initiative around international student retention, start-up support, technology transfer, research commercialization, clean energy, or the Post-Secondary Education Strategic Infrastructure Fund, the Springboard network is positioned to assist government in driving this agenda forward.”
Springboard Atlantic (www.springboardatlantic.ca) was created with funding through the Atlantic Innovation Fund.
“The Federal Government’s investments in the commercialization of university and college-based research and development through Springboard Atlantic are helping to build a stronger, more competitive and sustainable economy in our region,” says Mathis. “This investment is already helping to support the creation of new and improved products, streamline processes and develop a skilled workforce that can compete successfully in the global marketplace. This is why we see Springboard as a great resource to help drive the Atlantic Growth Strategy forward.”