The Surrey Board of Trade has received $5,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) to go toward its innovation roundtable.
NSERC is a federal agency that works with companies to help find high-qualified people and advance research and development.
Anita Huberman, CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade, said, “This funding will begin in our effort to help entrepreneurs in bringing new products or services to market. If you are – or know of – [an] entrepreneur looking to bring innovations to market, we can help you start or grow your business. If you are a corporate innovator looking to help your company tap into the power of innovation, we can help you develop the programs and foster culture to succeed.”
The board’s innovation strategy is to identify and showcase Surrey’s companies that create opportunities for research collaboration between industry and post-secondary communities. These companies will also be a part of Surrey’s Global Innovation Summit in April 2013, which includes an innovation awards gala.
The strategy also aims to promote discussion and access to resources, experience and expertise to improve innovative business activities that create higher paying jobs in the South Fraser region.