Innovation Catalysts and Accelerators: The Impact of Ontario Colleges’ Applied Research

The Conference Board of Canada, 5 pages, November 1, 2010
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This executive summary looks at how applied research services provided by Ontario colleges stimulate and accelerate the innovation activities of Ontario-based firms.

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With only modest resources, and within a short time, Ontario colleges have demonstrated that their applied research services can stimulate and accelerate the innovation activities of Ontario-based firms—especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Moreover, by offering students and employees opportunities to improve their innovation skills, and by stimulating entrepreneurial ambition, college–business applied research collaborations are helping to develop a highly skilled, innovation-ready workforce.

This executive summary looks at the strategies and resources required if college applied research is to further improve innovation performance, education and training, and economic and social development.

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