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Innovation help offered to businesses

Island businesses are getting help from the federal government to get innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace.

The second call for proposals under the Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program/Kickstart initiative creates opportunities for Vancouver Island-based entrepreneurs and business ventures.

The $40-million program helps Canadian businesses by testing innovative products and services within the government before taking them to the marketplace.

Federal departments will test innovations that fall within four key areas: environment; health; safety and security; and technology.

Successful bidders will see their products and services tested and get valuable feedback.

For more information, please go to www.merx.ca.

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