Ottawa names Atlantic consortium as first of nine shortlisted ‘superclusters’

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains has announced the first of nine so-called superclusters that could qualify for a piece of a $950-million federal fund to spur on business development.

Bains said the Ocean Supercluster – the winning applicant from the Atlantic region – is an industry consortium that would expand digital technologies in aquaculture, fisheries, offshore oil and gas, and clean energy.

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The Halifax announcement was the first in a cross-country tour that will reveal the nine shortlisted bids, following the submission of more than 50 proposals involving over 1,000 firms and 350 participants.

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Up to five will be selected as the tech hubs as part of Ottawa’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative, which is aimed at fostering public-private partnerships in industries across the country.

Superclusters are defined as areas of business activity often involving collaborations between companies and universities, colleges or not-for-profit organizations to develop ideas that can be taken to market.

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