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Sheridan expands innovation and commercialization capacity with over $290,000 investment from Intellectual Property Ontario

Apr 8, 2024
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An investment of over $290,000 from Intellectual Property Ontario (IPON) will help Sheridan build on its capacity to provide supports and guidance on intellectual property (IP) and commercialization to industry partners. 

IPON’s support will enhance Sheridan’s ability to address industry challenges by leveraging cutting-edge technology, connecting partners of all sizes to institutional expertise and resources, including our exceptional faculty and students and delivering innovative real-world solutions with immediate positive business impact through applied research. This includes advising on IP opportunities and providing financial supports associated with commercialization and IP protection, with a goal of helping Sheridan’s industry partners confidently take steps to bring their products and services to market.   
Training and networking opportunities will also be available to support Sheridan researchers, staff, students and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This includes promoting awareness of IP principles and practices as well as providing access to tools and resources through IPON. These opportunities will help eliminate barriers for researchers and SMEs and support their successful navigation of the complex IP and commercialization system. 

“IPON’s investment will strengthen Sheridan’s role as a trusted collaborator with industry partners,” said Andrea England, Vice Provost, Research, Generator at Sheridan. “With this funding, our partners will be able to access dedicated IP and commercialization resources at Sheridan to support their journey in bringing their offerings to market.”  

Sheridan is one of 10 postsecondary institutions benefiting from IPON’s new investment of $2.9 million to support innovation and commercialization projects at postsecondary institutions across the province. This funding is part of the Government of Ontario’s Commercialization Mandate Policy Framework to help colleges and universities advance the shared goal of ensuring that “made-in-Ontario” research and innovation benefit Ontarians.    

“We’re thrilled to extend funding to 10 new postsecondary recipients to support their efforts to build IP capacity and better support their researchers and innovators,” said Dan Herman, CEO, IPON. “This funding will help institutions across the province more effectively translate research into commercializable innovations, while ensuring the IP at their foundation is appropriately developed and protected.”  

About Generator at Sheridan
Generator at Sheridan is where purpose and passion unite the extraordinary research, innovation and entrepreneurship undertaken by Sheridan’s faculty, staff and students, working across disciplines and sectors, to drive meaningful impact for an everchanging world. For more information, visit sheridancollege.ca/generator.  

About Intellectual Property Ontario 
Intellectual Property Ontario (IPON) is a provincial agency that provides trusted IP support and services to enable Ontario businesses and researchers to innovate and grow. IPON works directly with clients and postsecondary institutions to better understand how to protect and maximize the value of their IP, strengthen their capacity to grow, compete in the market, and advance the province’s economic growth. For more information visit www.ip-ontario.ca. 

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